Medical marijuana resolution clears House hurdle

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky House wants the federal government to accelerate research on the “safety and effectiveness” of medical marijuana.

A release from the Legislature Research Commission says the drug at the focus of HCR 34 is medical marijuana, or medical cannabis, which has been approved in some form in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

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LRC states at least one bill to establish a medical cannabis program in Kentucky has been filed this session.

Under HCR 34, the General Assembly would ask federal drug control agencies to “expedite research on the safety and effectiveness of the use of medical marijuana for certain health purposes”, according to LRC. They say that research could help guide the General Assembly in developing “evidence-based and scientifically sound” medical marijuana policy, according to the resolution.

LRC states that HCR 34 passed the House 73-5 and now goes to the Senate for consideration. They say if approved by both chambers and the governor, the resolution would be sent to the FDA, National Institute on Drug Abuse and Drug Enforcement Administration.

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