Urban County Council supports effort to legalize medical marijuana use
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Backers of medical marijuana say it can help people with cancer, epilepsy, and other diseases, but it’s illegal in Kentucky.
Members of the Urban County Council in Lexington say it’s time to change that.
Last week supporters of medical marijuana urged the Urban County Council to take action, now council members are putting pressure on lawmakers in Frankfort to pass house bill 166.
After a special session, the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council voted unanimously on a resolution encouraging the Kentucky general assembly to allow medical marijuana.
Last week supporters came to share their stories during a regular meeting.
Among the speakers was Nick Risden.
He says medical marijuana has allowed him to now live his life after his health took a scary turn when he was bitten by a tick last summer.
After hearing the council vote, he couldn’t be more happy.
“Medical marijuana has eliminated about 19 of the 55 medications I take a day from getting bit by a tick, its helped on everything from me regaining weight to slowing the anxiety down but mainly for pain control.”
He said medical marijuana is making a difference for him, and he wants to make sure others get the same chance.
“I hope that our state legislators and law makers listen and get this moving, the bills are just kind of held up. We are not really sure why. There is overwhelming support in Kentucky for medical marijuana.”
The state house is considering a bill that would allow marijuana to be treated the same as use of prescribed pharmaceutical medication for patients with qualifying conditions as well as establish requirements for cultivation, production, and distribution.
Other cities and counties in Kentucky have already passed similar resolutions.
Medical cannabis is legal in 29 states including Washington D.C.