Committee hearing testimony on medical marijuana use in Kentucky

Published: Jun. 21, 2017 at 11:40 AM EDT
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The Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare and Family Services met Wednesday in the Capitol Annex in Frankfort. Part of the group's agenda included discussion on medical marijuana use in Kentucky.

Senator Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, testified in front of the committee. He discussed medical marijuana for palliative or end of life care.

Sen. McGarvey filed

during the 2017 Legislative Session. The act would define "medically necessary marijuana" and amend the definition of "marijuana" to allow physicians to recommend, transfer, dispense, or administer certain types of cannabidiol or CBD. It would also create a task force or commission made up of elected officials, medical professionals, and law enforcement to set standards.

29 states have authorized the use of medical marijuana. Senate Bill 243 will go in front of the General Assembly next year.

"I'm reminded of a movie I think was nominated for an Oscar for best movie of all time, Talledega Nights. And Ricky Bobby said 'if you're not first your last.' I don't know if that's true on this issue, but I can tell you if you're last or last. And Kentucky shouldn't be the last state to do this," noted Senator McGarvey.

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