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Medical marijuana proposal gains momentum in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana in Kentucky achieved a breakthrough Tuesday when their bill cleared a Senate committee with support from a key Republican leader after years of running into a roadblock.

Medical cannabis supporters broke into applause when Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer voted for the bill after years of opposing marijuana-related legislation. Thayer approved of the bill’s narrow focus and said his support was for “those who suffer.”

The measure — Senate Bill 47 — cleared the Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee on an 8-3 vote. With a new burst of momentum, it heads to the full Senate, where legalization bills died in past years without even getting a committee hearing.

If it passes the Senate this time, the bill would need House approval in the final few days of this year’s 30-day legislative session. The House passed similar versions

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