Medical Marijuana Comes to Kentucky: Rules and Regulations

HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – Representatives from the Kentucky Medical Cannabis Program visited Owensboro Wednesday to discuss upcoming changes to Kentucky’s medical marijuana law.

Kentucky is preparing to legalize medicinal marijuana after Gov. Andy Beshear signed it into law last year.

Henderson Mayor Brad Staton attended the meeting.

“I think it’s been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that medical marijuana can help address certain issues in patients that traditional Western medicine can’t,” Staton said, adding that he’s surprised it’s not already legal in every state.

How will this program work in Kentucky?

Kentucky Medical Cannabis Program officials said all marijuana strains will be tested for THC and toxins during the meeting.

Patients under 18 will need to have a registered guardian, and any product packaging must not be attractive to minors.

Henderson Pharmacy

In an interview with Eyewitness News, Henderson Mayor Brad Staton discussed how the program will be used in the city of Henderson.

He says the city of Henderson has written its zoning ordinances regarding where a marijuana dispensary can and can’t be located. Because of the city’s regulations, there will only be one dispensary in Henderson.

Staton says the pharmacy will not be located near schools or businesses that children frequent. He also says the pharmacies will have rules about how they advertise, as well as rules about signage.