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Medical marijuana legalization in Kentucky increasing support

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FRANKFURT, Kentucky (AFP) – An advisory panel set up by Governor Andy Beshear said many adults in Kentucky favor the legalization of medical marijuana, Beshear’s office said Friday.

The Democratic governor formed the Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee after the death of a bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state Senate this year.

Beshear said the commission found that Kentuckians with chronic illnesses don’t get relief from opioids and are afraid of their addictive properties. The commission also reported that people in Kentucky are crossing state lines to obtain medicinal cannabis where it is legal and want to return to Kentucky without breaking the law, Bashir said.

Beshear’s office said in a news release that the commission also found that Kentucky veterans reported that cannabis use alleviated PTSD.

Justice and Public Safety Secretary Kerry Harvey, the commission’s co-chair, said the commission heard no opposition at city council meetings on the matter.

“Everyone who spoke supported the legalization of medical cannabis in Kentucky,” Harvey said. “We’ve heard from many Kentuckians that cannabis is used for its beneficial medicinal effects but they can only do so by breaking the law as it now exists.”

Bashir said he is considering the information while deciding what steps to take next to legalize medical marijuana, which he supports.

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