The bills provide certain patient and caregiver protections while allowing for the medical use of cannabis at school. Patients are not considered under the influence solely based on THC metabolites being in their system. The legislation does not allow for inhaled cannabis uptake methods nor does it allow for home cultivation.
House Bill 48 and House Bill 22 seek to provide licensed cannabis access to adults and protect those who consume cannabis from workplace discrimination.
HB 48 places a question before voters asking them to legalize the adult use of cannabis for those 21 and older. If approved by voters the measure would allow an adult to possess up to one ounce of cannabis flower, and to cultivate up to five plants at one time in their private residence.
Complementary legislation, HB 22, creates a new state agency, the Kentucky Cannabis Control Board, and also prohibits employers from sanctioning workers who use cannabis while away from their jobs. This governing agency will be responsible for establishing commercial regulations regarding the retail production and sale of cannabis products, setting excise taxes, and dispensing of business licenses.
SB 51 seeks to legalize the possession, cultivation, production, processing, packaging, transportation, testing, marketing, sale, and use of medical cannabis and adult-use cannabis. The bill allows for an individual to possess up to one ounce of cannabis flower, and cultivate up to five plants at one time in their private residence. It would also expunge pasmarijuana-relateded convictions.
House Bill 47 seeks to eliminate the civil and/or criminal penalties currently associated with the sale of personal-use quantities (up to one ounce of cannabis flower, up to five grams of concentrate) of marijuana.
Lawmakers in many states have started to pre-file marijuana law reform legislation and some sessions have already begun holding hearings. This week’s update highlights legislative developments in Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
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