Status: In Kentucky, limited individuals with medical approval may possess CBD oil, but there is no method to purchase CBD oil in Kentucky.
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Number of Kentucky Licenses Available
Kentucky CBD Program Guidelines
HB 124 provides:
- a patient 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 or
- 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
- patients may only legally obtain and possess CBD if they have been given a written order from an eligible physician
The History of Kentucky Marijuana
In 2014, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed S.B. 124 into law, a bill intended to provide individuals suffering from intractable seizure disorders with safe, legal access to cannabidiol (CBD). The bill, however, fails to provide patients with any legal access to CBD as it is illegal to home cultivate and there is no state-regulated dispensary system in place.
In 2015, Kentucky elected Matt Bevin to the Governor’s office. Bevin campaigned on his support for a medical marijuana program.
Recent attempts to decriminalize marijuana, such as SB 76 have failed.
In November 2017, Senate Majority Chairman Dan Seum said he would sponsor a marijuana regulation and taxation bill in 2018 as a reaction to a deficit for the state pension fund. Secretary of State Alison Grimes has been quoted saying that “Medical marijuana must be legalized in Kentucky to help veterans suffering from PTSD and others who are painfully ill.” and there appears to be bipartisan support for a medical marijuana initiative in the state senate for a 2018 initiative.
Rep. John Sims filed House Bill 166, a Medical Marijuana bill, on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. “House Bill 166 is the best bill in the United States of America for medical cannabis,” said Sims. “There have been hours, weeks, and months spent on this bill to make it the gold standard. This about improving the health of Kentuckians.”
The following week, on January 17, 2018, Republican Sen. Dan Seum introduced a bill aiming to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Kentucky. The bill would legalize the use of marijuana for individuals 21 years old and over, as well as the production and sale of marijuana.