House Bill 166 filed for medical cannabis legalization

House Bill 166 filed for medical cannabis legalization

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State Rep. John Sims FRANKFORT — A medical cannabis bill acquired support and has officially been submitted to the House of Representatives on Wednesday. State Rep. John Sims is the primary bill sponsor with State Rep. Alan Gentry as a cosponsor. Sims said that he stands behind the bill because of research and studies that show medical marijuana use as effective in certain situations. “There are studies showing it helps without forcing someone to take pills every day,” said Sims. “This bill would allow for physicians to prescribe it to patients as an option.” Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes called on Kentuckians who are passionate about medical marijuana to join a campaign to not only educate and lobby the General Assembly in support of the House Bill 166. "What started as a whisper years ago is now a loud chorus. Kentuckians have declared 2018 as the year they expect action on medical marijuana from their legislators," said Grimes. "Now, with 29 states and the District of Columbia offering relief in the form of medical marijuana to their citizens, we must waste no more time. We’ve heard real, heart-wrenching stories from all over the Commonwealth about how access to cannabis can provide long-lasting and life-changing relief. The serious discussions this task force had have resulted in a solid piece of legislation that can change lives." Rep. Gentry said once Rep. Sims asked him to look more into the facts and research behind medical marijuana usage, it became a no-brainer. "My best friend growing up suffered from epilepsy," said Gentry. "He’s a successful businessman now and he stumbled across medical marijuana and now his seizures have went away." After losing his arm earlier in his late twenties, Gentry became involved in disabled sports. He took a liking to golf and […]

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