Two bills filed in Frankfort would legalize cannabis in Kentucky

Two bills filed in the Kentucky Legislature aim to legalize cannabis in Kentucky.

House Bill 461, filed by Rep. Nima Kulkarni, Rep. Attica Scott, and Rep. Lisa Willner, and House Bill 467, filed by Rep. Rachel Roberts, both aim to legalize cannabis in Kentucky.

“My bill would legalize and decriminalize all forms of cannabis,” Roberts told WDRB News in Louisville. “I live here in northern Kentucky, where my neighbors can drive 1 mile across the bridge and live in Ohio. And if they did so, that medicine would be available to them. I have proposed recreation cannabis, which would encompass that as well but also allow us to tax the adult recreational use of cannabis. So medical would be a medicine, and we don’t tax medicine But recreation would be a huge economic boon to our commonwealth.”

Last year, a cannabis bill passed the Kentucky House and stalled in the Senate. This year, both bills have a long road ahead as they would need to receive passage in both the House and Senate with what seems to be many other legislative priorities ahead of legalized cannabis.

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