Kentucky Senator Perry Clark filed legislation this week to legalize the possession, cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis, a move that is supported by 78% of the state’s residents according to recent polling.
Under the proposed law, those with a qualifying condition would be authorized to possess up to 5 ounces of cannabis, and to cultivate up to 5 plants. The Board of Pharmacy would be tasked with licensing medical cannabis dispensaries.
“Cannabis is medicine. It just happens to be a prohibited medicine,” says Senator Clark. “There’s a cannabis tsunami coming. We can stand in the way, or Kentucky can become a leader and catapult ourselves forward.”
In the House of Representatives, medical cannabis legalization may garner some serious political traction, as the Speaker of the House is “leaning towards” supporting such a move.