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Kentucky Leader Forms Medical Marijuana Task Force

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The Bluegrass State could be getting a whole lot greener soon.

A top elected official in Kentucky announced on Wednesday that she’s forming a task force to focus on drafting legislation to legalize medical marijuana.

“Too many Kentuckians are suffering from debilitating physical and mental illnesses. Most have lived with the effects of these illnesses for years,” Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) said in a press release. “We must do more to relieve their pain and suffering, and there is significant evidence that cannabis is beneficial for these individuals, especially veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. 2018 is and must be the year when Kentucky finally steps up on medical marijuana. We have to get this done to help Kentuckians who are hurting.”

The panel, co-chaired by Grimes and Rep. John Sims (D), will include doctors, nurses, law enforcement, state regulators, medical cannabis advocates and military veterans.

It will hold its first meeting next week.

This is a developing story and may be updated.

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Tom Angell is the editor of Marijuana Moment. A 15-year veteran in the cannabis law reform movement, he covers the policy and politics of marijuana. Separately, he serves as chairman of the nonprofit Marijuana Majority. Previously he reported for Marijuana.com and MassRoots, and handled media relations and campaigns for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. (Organization citations are for identification only and do not constitute an endorsement or partnership.)

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