KY Legislature passes sports betting, medical marijuana bills

The Kentucky Legislature passed two bills yesterday in the final day of the session dealing with sports gambling and medical marijuana.

The sports betting bill will allow people to bet on events using a computer, phone or mobile device or by going to a horse track-owned facility in Kentucky.

Sports wagering in Kentucky is estimated to generate about $23 million a year in tax revenue and licensing fees. A portion of the revenues will go to the state public pension system.

The medical marijuna bill will make medicial marijuana legal beginning in 2025 and to be eligible for use, Kentuckians must have a qualifying medical condition which includes PTSD, chronic nausea, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cancer, and chronic pain.

The bill does not allow smoking marijuana. It’s just in edible, topical, or vapor form.

Representative Josh Branscum from Russell County voted “no” on both bills.

Senator Rick Girdler, who represents Russell County, voted “no” on both bills as well.


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