Lawmakers to discuss medical marijuana

FRANKFORT – A bipartisan panel of state legislators will meet this summer to hear the advantages and disadvantages of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations announced June 3..

The panel, known as the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations, will tackle the issue during its July gathering. The meeting is open to the public and will take place at 10 a.m. on July 8 in the Capitol Annex, Room 129.

The preliminary agenda includes presentations by law enforcement, medical marijuana advocates and the scientific community, according to a press release.

Dr. Gregory Barnes of the University of Louisville medical school is scheduled to talk about research into the use of cannabidiol, known as CBD, to treat epileptic seizures in children. Jaime Montalvo, founder of Kentuckians for Medical Marijuana, will speak about using cannabis to treat his multiple sclerosis.

Representatives of the Kentucky Medical Association and law enforcement community are also set to give presentations.

Tom Hewlett, committee staff administrator for Licensing and Occupations, will manage the agenda. He can be contacted by phone at 502-564-8100 or by email

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