Kentucky House votes to legalize medical marijuana

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky House has voted to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

The measure won House passage on a 65-30 vote after a long debate Thursday.

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The vote sends the proposal to the state Senate.

Republicans control both chambers.

The House vote comes after years of setbacks for medical marijuana advocates in Kentucky.

The measure would allow doctors to prescribe cannabis and set up a regulatory framework for patients to obtain it at approved dispensaries.

Smoking medical cannabis would not be permitted under the bill. Consumption could take place through such forms as pills and oils.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.