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Kentucky House votes to legalize medical marijuana

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates cleared a historic hurdle Thursday when the Kentucky House voted to legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

The measure won House passage on a 65-30 vote after a long debate, sending the proposal to the Senate. Republicans control both chambers.

The bill's lead sponsor, Republican Rep. Jason Nemes, said it would become the country's "tightest medical marijuana" program if it becomes law.

The measure would allow doctors to prescribe cannabis and set up a regulatory framework for patients to obtain it at approved dispensaries. Smoking medical cannabis would not be permitted under the bill. Consumption could take place through such forms as pills and oils.

"Like any medicine, it works for some; for some others it may not be the best thing," said Democratic Rep. Al Gentry. "But let's let the patient and their caregiver make that decision. I think they're capable of doing that."

Associated Press

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