FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)- The Kentucky House judiciary committee has voted to approve House Bill 136. The bill would legalize medical marijuana.
The vote was postponed earlier in the day until later this evening. Most of the representatives stated that though they weren’t entirely comfortable with everything contained in the bill, they knew their constituents wanted marijuana to be legal for those with certain ailments.
House Judiciary Chair Petrie said that though he felt the bill was better than previous incarnations, he would abstain from voting. Rep. Reed voted no, citing some concerns with the language in the bill.
The vote cleared the committee with 16 yes votes, 1 no vote, and 1 pass. Supporters of the bill became emotional as the yes votes rolled in.
Despite the yes votes, many stated they were not for legalization of marijuana across the board. A stipulation in the bill also states that medical marijuana may not be smoked.
We’ll have more on LEX 18 News at 11 p.m .
Rep. Bratcher asks for a clarification the tax of the HB 136 #MedicalMarijuana The group says that there will be no sales tax. There is a 12% tax that would be on the dispensary/cultivator, not the patient. The supporters say they don’t want to tax the sick @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/5bTJORVhZI
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