You can become a patient simply by obtaining a written order for CBD from a physician practicing at a hospital or associated clinic affiliated with a Kentucky public university having a college or school of medicine. Alternatively, one can also be a patient in Kentucky by participating in a clinical trial or in an expanded access program, in which case the patient receives a drug or substance approved for the use of those participants by the United States Food and Drug Administration; however, the law is vague and does not provide any more guidance than that.

The patient’s caregiver must produce a written certification by a healthcare provider who is licensed in Kentucky and is in good standing with the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s licensure board. This written certification must show that the patient has been diagnosed with a qualifying condition.

Eligible Conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gherig’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Intractable seizures
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Severe and chronic pain
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Cachexia (Wasting Syndrome)
  • Neuropathies
  • Severe Arthritis
  • Hepatitis C
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Glaucoma
  • A terminal illness

Becoming a Patient as a Minor:

The process for becoming a patient as a minor in Kentucky is the same as that of an adult.

Benefits of Being a Patient:

As a patient, you will have an affirmative defense for the possession of cannabis oil.

Out-of-State Patients:

Kentucky does not recognize Out-of-State registrations. For more information about traveling as a medical cannabis patient, check out our Travel Guide.

Home Cultivation:

Growing cannabis at home is illegal in the state of Kentucky.


Medical cannabis patients can find additional resources here

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