Task force discusses legalization of medical marijuana in Kentucky

Published: Nov. 21, 2017 at 3:31 AM EST
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State officials met Tuesday in hopes to legalize medical marijuana here in Kentucky.

A task force lead by Kentucky's Secretary Of State Alison Lundergan Grimes met in Frankfort Tuesday afternoon to explore the possibilities.

Grimes acknowledged that she doesn't have the power to propose legislation. She says she wants the task force to be used as a tool for lawmakers to recognize and look into the possibility of legalization.

Democratic Representative John Sims, who acts as the co chair on the committee says they are working to make the legislation a bipartisan effort.

The group studied how to put a proposed bill into action and how to regulate the drug here. Members of the committee say they have not always been proponents of legalizing marijuana.

The task force includes members of Kentucky's medical community, law enforcement, and military veterans.

Two veterans were at the meeting and said marijuana is a hope they need to be exposed to with Kentucky's opioid epidemic.

"A lot of bad stuff coming out of pharmaceuticals and I need something to help," said Veteran Eric Pollack.

State Rep. John Sims, who will sponsor medical marijuana legislation in the 2018 legislative session, is co-chairing the effort with Grimes.