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Wednesday, Kentucky lawmakers once again considered legislation that would make marijuana legal for medicinal use.

The legislature’s Interim Joint Committee on Health & Welfare heard pleas from a nurse practitioner and people with disabilities who say that the drug, which is currently available for medicinal use in 22 states, would alleviate symptoms of pain.

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By law, the only piece of legislation that the 2014  Kentucky General Assembly had to pass was a two-year state budget. All else, as Will Rogers put it, is applesauce.

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A Paducah family is hoping that a bill legalizing medicinal marijuana use will become law and keep them from leaving the state. House Bill 350, sponsored by Representative Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville) would:

Medical Marijuana Bill Heads to Kentucky House

Mar 3, 2014
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FRANKFORT—The movement to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Kentucky made another leap forward on Thursday.

Colorado opened its first pot stores in January, and adults in Washington state will be able to walk into a store and buy marijuana this summer. But this legalization of recreational marijuana is taking place without much information on the possible health effects.

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A new Illinois law legalized medical marijuana on January 1st, but until regulations are final, patients still can’t use cannabis without risking arrest. 

One state agency is giving patients a first look at its proposed rules. It’s an initial step toward sorting out how medical use of marijuana will work in the state. The Illinois Department of Public Health plans to post 48 pages of draft rules Tuesday. 

What to Expect from the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly

Jan 7, 2014

As temperatures in Kentucky slowly climb out of the polar abyss, so too will state lawmakers emerge from their districts and trek to Frankfort for the opening day of the 2014 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

The session starts Tuesday.

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A leading Kentucky politician is weighing the idea of legalizing medical marijuana in the state. 

House Speaker Greg Stumbo said today he's leaning toward supporting the use of medicinal marijuana and that the topic is worth debating. Legislation to legalize medical marijuana has been introduced in the General Assembly in the past but has never received the support needed to pass.

Stumbo raised the issue after Attorney General Jack Conway sent an advisory letter to Governor Steve Beshear, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and other state leaders to clarify current law related to marijuana’s cousin, hemp. 

Illinois' legalization of medicinal marijuana takes effect January 1st and sets up a 4-year pilot program for state-run dispensaries and cultivation centers. While Illinois is predicted to enact some of the strictest regulations in the nation, law enforcement officials and prosecutors from neighboring states worry about transport of the drug over state lines. 

A new poll shows 78 percent of Kentuckians support the legalization of medical marijuana, while others would be fine with widespread legalization.

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll has conducted polling on a wide array of issues for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky over the past few months, from a statewide smoking ban to health insurance coverage.

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