Committee advances medical marijuana bill in Kentucky

Committee advances medical marijuana bill in Kentucky
A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky has won initial committee approval after lawmakers heard emotional testimony from people battling chronic pain and disease (Source: KFVS)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky has won initial committee approval after lawmakers heard emotional testimony from people battling chronic pain and disease.

The bill, which would make marijuana legal in Kentucky for medical purposes only, cleared the House Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support after a two-hour hearing.

With only a few days left in this year's legislative session, the measure faces tough odds of becoming law. The bill now heads to the Republican-led House.

Its supporters say there's still enough time if legislative leaders want it to happen.

The bill includes regulations for growers, processers and dispensers. It would prohibit the smoking of marijuana for medical purposes, but it could be dispensed in other form including pills and oils.

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The legislation is House Bill 136.