The Lexington-Herald Leader reports that Kentucky’s House Judiciary Committee recently overwhelmingly approved HB 136, which would legalize the sale of medical marijuana in Kentucky. If made into law, Kentucky doctors could prescribe marijuana to patients when appropriate for conditions including chronic pain, nausea, HIV/AIDS, Crohn’s disease and epilepsy. Patients could obtain the drug from approved dispensaries.
In an amended version of the bill, smoking marijuana would not be permitted, but other forms of consumption, such as edibles, oils and pills would be. Patients would also not be allowed to grow their own marijuana.
From the workers’ compensation perspective, this would have big implications regarding whether such treatment would be reimbursable and whether an employer could discriminate against an employee for being a medical marijuana patient.
On the national level, The Marijuana Justice Act is being pushed by a number of democratic senators and representatives and seeks to legalize marijuana at the federal level. The proposed federal law would also expunge criminal records for people convicted under marijuana possession laws.