In November 2022, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order legalizing medical cannabis use for individuals with qualifying medical conditions. While the move towards medical cannabis is significant, it is important to understand the rules for qualifying in Kentucky!
How to Qualify for Medical Cannabis in Kentucky
To qualify for medical cannabis use in Kentucky, individuals must have a written certification from a qualified healthcare provider, such as their primary care physician, verifying their diagnosis for a qualifying medical condition.
Your Medical Cannabis Certification Must Include:
the individual's identifying and contact information,
similar information for their healthcare provider,
a statement that the healthcare provider has a genuine, provider-patient relationship with the individual,
a statement that it is the provider's professional opinion the patient suffers from a condition included in the order,
and the provider's signature and the date the certification was written.
The Qualifying Medical Conditions for Medical Cannabis Use in Kentucky are:
Traumatic brain injury
Sickle cell anemia
Inflammatory bowel disease
Autism spectrum disorder
Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
Where Can You Get Medical Cannabis in KY?
Individuals who have previously been diagnosed with one of these qualifying medical conditions or believe they currently suffer from one are eligible for medical cannabis use in Kentucky. However, they must also have legally purchased medical cannabis from a jurisdiction within the United States, but outside Kentucky, and be able to provide written proof of the purchase, such as a receipt.
The amount of medical cannabis in the individual's possession must be legal under the laws of the jurisdiction in which the purchase occurred, but it must not exceed 8 ounces.
Law enforcement officers have been given guidance on how to enforce the executive order should they encounter someone who claims to possess medical cannabis lawfully.
While the rules for qualifying for medical cannabis use in Kentucky are relatively straightforward, there are still concerns and questions about implementation and regulation. For example, healthcare providers may require further training to understand the best practices for recommending medical cannabis, and law enforcement officers may require further guidance on how to enforce the executive order.
Move Towards Medical Cannabis Use in Kentucky is an Important Milestone
Access to medical cannabis in KY provides much-needed relief to individuals suffering from qualifying medical conditions. It is important for individuals to understand the rules for qualifying to ensure they are able to access medical cannabis safely and legally.
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