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Confusion continues over Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear's executive order granting preemptive pardons for medical marijuana obtained out of state. Advocates say that a lack of clarity and understanding about the order is causing confusion and fear among those who need medical marijuana, with some even believing it has legalized the drug entirely.
There have been several instances of businesses and doctor's selling medical cannabis cards for upwards of $250 dollars. There is no reason to purchase a medical cannabis card and these businesses should be reported.
"The current state of confusion surrounding the executive order granting conditional and preemptive pardons for medical cannabis is concerning. We hope that through the course of the next few months, we can clear up any misunderstandings and avoid any negative consequences for those seeking medical treatment," said Matthew Bratcher, Executive Director of the Kentucky NORML. "Many people may not have a clear understanding of what the executive order actually entails and may be misled."
If you find a business selling medical cannabis cards or certifications in Kentucky, you can email us or report it directly to the Attorney General's Scam Report
We have now heard of medical cannabis cards being sold for as much as $250.
Please do not purchase medical cards at this point. You can refer to our FAQ post and if you still have questions email us directly
In Kentucky, medical cannabis is not yet legal, and possession of the drug can result in criminal charges. To protect Kentuckians, the Governor has issued an Executive Order on Medical Cannabis. However, the general public's confusion about this order has led to a surge of medical cannabis card scams.
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SB47 and HB107 seek to establish a medicinal cannabis program by allowing patients with a bona fide practitioner-patient relationship to access medical cannabis if their practitioner deems they could benefit from the use. The legislation institutes a governing body to decide daily THC limits, methods of use, and consumption. A patient will be allowed to have a 30-day supply of their medication at their residence and a 10-day supply on their person.
Tonight, at the end of his State of the Commonwealth address, Kentucky's Governor Andy Beshear called for the legalization of medical cannabis in Kentucky.
"This is an exciting step toward legalizing medical cannabis in Kentucky and we commend Gov. Beshear for his support on this important issue," says Lauren Bratcher, Deputy Director of Kentucky NORML. "He assured us during last week's meeting that he was behind this issue 100% and he proved that today with his declaration at the closing of his State of the Commonwealth speech tonight. "
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