Kentucky Medical Marijuana

Updated on July 22, 2019.  Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer

Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

Recent Legislation Changes

As legislation changes in Kentucky, check back to this section for information about how those legislative changes will affect the prospect of medical marijuana in Kentucky.

March 2019 – House Bill 136 officially passed out of the state legislative panel. HB 136 would create a state-regulated system from growing & processing to testing & dispensing. This bill would also allow licensed physicians to recommend medical marijuana for specific medical conditions. The bill has a long way to go before it is implemented as a full program, but it is off to a great start with the passage of HB 136.

In June 2017, Senator Morgan McGarvey proposed a bill to make medical marijuana legal for palliative or end of life care. The bill defined circumstances under which  medical marijuana could be prescribed as “medically necessary.”

On January 3, 2017, Senate Bill SB57 sponsored by Senators D. Harper Angel, S. West and Perry Clark was introduced to the Senate. The bill proposes the establishment of a Cannabis Compassion Act that will legalize the use of medical marijuana. It will establish a system to verify the need for a patient to use cannabis and set the regulations for cultivation, use and possession of the drug. This act will also state the organizations that will assist in the provision of the drug while proposing the establishment of a department that will oversee the implementation of the act.

This bill is expected to be passed by the state Senate during the 2017 session and should be signed into law by the governor. The governor had shown support for the legalization of medical marijuana even while he was campaigning to become the governor of Kentucky. So, it’s unlikely he’ll fail to follow through.

Sen. Perry Clark introduced Senate bill SB76 in January 2017 as well, which is supposed to provide regulations for testing, cultivating, processing, selling and taxing cannabis for people who are 21 years or older. When passed into law, this legislation will repeal other sections of the state law that currently prohibits the possession, cultivation and sale of cannabis for recreational use.

Possession and Cultivation Regulations

Possession of marijuana is still a criminal offense in Kentucky. A person who has eight ounces or less has committed a misdemeanor (Class B), and the crime is punishable by 45 days in jail and a fine of $250 or lower. Possession of more than eight ounces of marijuana is taken as evidence that the person intends to sell or distribute it.

Sale or trafficking of marijuana that is less than eight ounces is punishable by a 12-month prison term and a total fine of $500. A subsequent offense will attract a jail term of one to five years and a fine that does not exceed $10,000. Trafficking of five pounds of cannabis attracts a sentence of five to ten years and a maximum fine of $10,000 for first-time offenders.

Cultivation of marijuana is also prohibited in Kansas. Growing five plants or fewer is punishable by a 12-month jail term and a fine that does not exceed $500. Subsequent offenders will serve a jail term of between one to five years with a fine of up to $10,000.

Nevertheless, the state Department of Agriculture has accepted applications from people who are interested in the 2017 pilot program for hemp growing. In 2016, the state said that about 4,500 acres of land should be cultivated with industrial hemp, but just 2,350 were planted.

Kentucky Medical Marijuana Laws

Read Kentucky’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of Kentucky’s exact legal guidelines without interpretation.

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Kentucky Medical Marijuana Facts

We’re committed to providing up-to-date, accurate and detailed facts about medical marijuana in Kentucky. You can view our fact sheet that contains a list of vital information that’ll help you know the truth and separate it from the myths about marijuana.

Find Licensed Marijuana Doctors in Kentucky

To use cannabis oil or any other kind of medical marijuana to treat an ailment, you must be diagnosed and certified by a qualified and licensed physician in Kentucky. For this reason, we’ve put a system in place to help you locate a reputable and competent doctor near you:

  • Use Our Super-Fast Doctors Search Tool  Easily locate and connect to a licensed marijuana doctor practicing in Kentucky. Simply locate the doctors search page for Kentucky and type in your zip code. A list of doctors working within your community will appear on the results page. Also, you may click on any of the cities listed on the page to see doctors in our network for those cities.
  • View Doctor Profiles and Reviews  We’ve provided the information so you can research any doctor you want to consult. Click on any of the doctors in the search results page, and you’ll see details about the doctor’s operating hours, service fees and customer reviews from patients who have used their service.
  • Book an Appointment Right Away — After reading our doctors’ profiles, you can book an appointment immediately. It’s as simple as tapping or clicking the “Request an Appointment” button. Then, you can provide the other information required to complete the booking process.

Locate Approved Marijuana Dispensaries in Kentucky

We make it easy for patients with certified medical conditions to buy their cannabis from approved locations. We have a directory of dispensaries that stock the best strains of cannabis, and we’re committed to helping you locate one that is very close to your residence:

  • Review Our List of Reputable Dispensaries in Kentucky  Check out our directory for Kentucky medical marijuana dispensaries that deliver premium quality customer service and provide the most effective strains of cannabis at competitive prices. Get their address, telephone number, email and operating hours. All the dispensaries we recommend are managed by professionals who know the best strains and brands of the medicine and understand the laws regulating medical cannabis in Kentucky.

Contact a Licensed Dispensary in Kentucky — If you have a doctor’s prescription for cannabis oil or any other form of medical marijuana, you can book an appointment with one of the dispensaries in our directory now. This process is simple, efficient and cost effective. Without leaving your home, you can get all the information you need about prices of the medicine and its availability.

Kentucky Qualification

Find out Who Qualifies for Marijuana in Kentucky in our definitive guide of Kentucky’s qualification guidelines. Read up on medical conditions that are covered under Kentucky’s medical marijuana program, age restrictions, criminal conviction restrictions, and more.

Kentucky Medical Marijuana Laws

Read Kentucky’s Full Medical Marijuana Laws to gain full specific knowledge of Kentucky’s exact legal guidelines without interpretation.

Kentucky Medical Marijuana Card

Find out how to obtain a(n) Kentucky Medical Marijuana Card with our guide to Kentucky’s state medicinal marijuana ID program. Some states require that you obtain your card prior to obtaining your medicine, so read here first to ensure that you know Kentucky’s requirements.

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