Patients and advocates continue the fight for medical cannabis in 2021
Last update: January 6, 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. Fortunately, Rep. Jason Nemes and other compassionate legislators have vowed to continue the fight in 2021.
This was only the latest in a long line of legalization bills that have been ignored by the Senate. Similar bills were sponsored in 2018 and 2019 by Sen. Dan Seum, who retired in late 2019, and by Sen. Perry Clark in 2017.
Although it may take some time for an adult-use legalization bill to pass in Kentucky, these senators and others have started a conversation that will eventually lead to the end of cannabis prohibition.