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Kentucky Governor Calls on Lawmakers to Pass Medical Marijuana Legalization ‘This Session’ in Annual Speech


The speech comes as advocates in Kentucky have stepped up their push for reform

The governor of Kentucky used his State of the Commonwealth address on Wednesday to call on the legislature to legalize medical marijuana “this session,” saying that it’s an essential reform for the state to make sure it is “treating people right.”

“Far too many Kentuckians are suffering from life-threatening and chronic conditions like our veterans with PTSD or Kentuckians with cancer,” Gov. Andy Beshear (D) said.

That’s why he signed a pair of executive orders in November, which took effect at the beginning of the month, he said. Those moves allow patients who meet certain criteria to possess up to eight ounces of medical cannabis legally obtained from dispensaries in other states and also regulate the sale of delta-8 THC products.

The governor said that the medical cannabis order is important because it “allows people to get help they need without fearing a misdemeanor.”

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