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Medical marijuana legalization advances in Kentucky, dies in Kansas

Kentucky is on track to legalize medical marijuana after a bill passed in the state Senate, but an MMJ measure in Kansas is essentially dead.

After reliably blocking MMJ bills in previous sessions, lawmakers in Kentucky’s upper house voted 26-11 on Thursday to approve Senate Bill 47, the Associated Press reported.


The measure would legalize medical cannabis for people suffering from a short list of familiar illnesses, including cancer, chronic pain, epilepsy and PTSD.

That bill now heads to the state House of Representatives, which has previously approved medical marijuana with strong majorities only to see progress halted in the Senate.

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, who last fall issued an executive order allowing Kentucky residents to legally possess MMJ legally purchased in other states, is expected to sign any bill the House passes into law.

Kentucky’s part-time legislative session ends this month, so the House would

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