Kentucky Lawmaker Prefiles Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana

The bill would prohibit smokeable forms of medical cannabis

A Kentucky lawmaker has prefiled a bill that would make medical marijuana legal in the Bluegrass State.

The medical marijuana bill, which will become House Bill 136 when the 2020 legislative session opens, was prefiled Friday by state Rep. Jason Nemes

Medical marijuana would be regulated by the Department for Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control. The state-run system would issue licenses for cultivators, dispensaries, safety facilities, processors, practitioners and patients.

The bill would prohibit the smoking of marijuana for medical purposes, but would allow other forms of consumption, such as edibles, oils and pills.

A 12% excise tax is proposed for cultivators and processors for selling to dispensaries.

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