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Kentucky Medical Cannabis Bill Passes Senate

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As reported by ANDRIANA RUSCITTO | MARCH 17, 2023 on Cannabis Business Times.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published March 3 and updated March 17 to reflect the measure passing through the Senate.

A medical cannabis legalization bill has passed the Kentucky Senate, where similar legislation stalled last year after receiving approval in the House.

The Kentucky Senate approved Senate Bill 47 March 16 in a 26-11 vote, according to the Associated Press.

“This is one of those issues where you take out the ledger and you list the pros and cons,” said the bill’s main sponsor, Republican Sen. Stephen West, according to the news outlet. “And it’s a long list on both sides. But for me personally, the pros outweigh the cons.”

Thursday’s vote came on the final day before lawmakers were set to adjourn for an extended break, which is meant to allow Gov. Andy Beshear time to consider signing or vetoing the legislation sent to him thus far in this year’s legislative session, AP reported. The House will be able to take up S.B. 47 in late March, when the Legislature reconvenes for the last two days of this year’s legislative session.

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