Policy Recommendations Kentucky

2019-2020 Improvements and Recommendations for Kentucky

2019 was the first year Kentucky's General Assembly put forward a bill to legalize medical cannabis. HB 136 was passed by Kentucky's House chamber in February but has stalled in the Senate since the outbreak of COVID.21 As Kentucky looks to 2021 ASA encourages state lawmakers to initiate work focused on construction of a comprehensive medical cannabis program. Such a program should provide legal protections to patients related to employment, housing, education and family law. The program should also authorize an in-state production system for lab-tested medical cannabis and cannabis products that can be made available to patients at legal retailers. ASA also recommends that lawmakers authorize patients to cultivate cannabis at home to reduce costs to patients.