A recent report has revealed that Kentuckians overwhelmingly support legalizing cannabis for medical use. Although more than 30 states now have legal medical marijuana markets, Kentucky is one of the few territories that still outlaws the cultivation and possession of cannabis. However, efforts to legalize medical cannabis in the state have been underway for some time, with Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear forming a medical marijuana advisory committee in June to advise him on how to increase patient access to the plant.
In a press release at the time, Beshear said that polling suggested a majority of Kentucky adults were in favor of launching a legal medical cannabis market. Quoting a 2020 scientific survey, he stated that 60% of Kentuckians believed that cannabis should be legal “under any circumstance.” Beshear noted that despite this support, plenty of residents who could benefit from cannabis treatments still could not access the drug.
The governor recently released a report from the committee, stating that he would keep the committee’s findings in mind while he considered leveraging executive actions to push cannabis reform forward. The Team Kentucky Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee ran an online poll of 3,539 Kentucky residents and found that 99% believed in medical cannabis reform. And after studying data collected during four town-hall events, the committee revealed that zero attendees opposed efforts to legalize medical cannabis.
Beshear said that there would be “some actions forthcoming” after he received the report, stating that he appreciated the work that had gone into creating it. Team members talked directly to Kentucky residents to find out their opinions on medical cannabis, Beshear said, and he would keep the information gathered by the committee in mind while he figured out the steps he could take to legalize marijuana for medical use.
The medical marijuana committee revealed a few key discoveries: cannabis can be used as a safer alternative to opioids, veterans could use the controversial plant to alleviate symptoms of post-stress traumatic disorder (PTSD) and Kentuckians were already traveling to states with legal medical cannabis markets to access cannabis treatments. Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and committee cochair Kerry Harvey says that everyone the committee spoke to supported allowing medical cannabis in the state.
Committee cochair and Public Protection Cabinet Secretary Ray Perry noted that America is currently in the grip of an opioid crisis and that most of the people surveyed are looking for a safer alternative with limited side effects. He said that Kentuckians spoke of the family trauma caused by chronic pain and addictive opioids and added that they were especially frustrated with state policies that prevented them from accessing cannabis.
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