Commonwealth Policy Center

A bill to legalize medical marijuana passed the Kentucky House. HB 136 allows patients who think they may benefit from marijuana use to approach a doctor to get a prescription. Bill sponsor Rep. Jason Nemes (R-Louisville) says only five medical conditions are approved and claims that this “lets sick people get a safe product.” State Sen. Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester) doesn’t “think it’s a good idea.” Alvarado is a medical doctor and says he has “no problem taking plants, extracting compounds, and finding medical uses going through the scientific method. That just hasn’t been done with raw plants. I can’t be supportive of it.” There’s a process for approving new drugs, but HB 136 is pushed by popular demand, which should be a concern for everyone.