Senate continues to block medical cannabis in 2021
Last update: April 15, 2021
On February 20, 2020, the Kentucky House of Representatives voted 65-30 to pass a medical cannabis bill, HB 136. This was the first time the full House ever voted on the issue. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic reached the U.S. at an inopportune time, and the Senate adjourned for the year in April without voting on the bill.
This setback was a tremendous disappointment for patients, who have been working for many years to convince the legislature to pass medical cannabis legislation. Sadly, the Senate continued to resist consideration of the issue in 2021. Although Rep. Jason Nemes, Sen. Stephen West, and other compassionate legislators reintroduced medical cannabis legislation in 2021, it did not advance.
Although it may take some time for an adult-use legalization bill to pass in Kentucky, these legislators and others have started a conversation that will eventually lead to the end of cannabis prohibition.