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2019 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates

Kentucky has broken new ground with the approval of a marijuana bill. The bill would mark progress in legalizing medical marijuana in Kentucky. The bluegrass state heard the bill in a House Judiciary Committee meeting in March 2019. Sponsors of the bill note that it is a major step for Kentucky to consider the legalization of medical marijuana given its legislative history. As speakers at the Judiciary Committee raised impressive arguments for the health benefits of medical marijuana and its effect to mitigate chronic illnesses, lobbyists for the bill suggest that it would also raise tax incentives for the state. The bill discussed the possibility of allowing qualified patients to use medical marijuana in capsule form rather than in forms of inhalation or smoking. Illnesses that may be eligible for medical marijuana on the program include epilepsy, nausea and chronic pain.

While the bill is a big step forward, medical and recreational marijuana in Kentucky are not yet legal. As there are no marijuana labeling or packaging laws in Kentucky as of yet, dispensaries, cultivators, producers and growers of marijuana are urged to continue checking this page for future updates to Kentucky’s marijuana laws on cannabis labels and packaging.

2018 Marijuana Packaging Law Updates

Many states still follow US Federal guidelines for cannabis, classifying it as an illegal drug with no medicinal value and addictive qualities. Kentucky is one of those states, considering cannabis as a Schedule I narcotic. A Schedule 1 narcotic is a drug with “no health benefits and a high potential for abuse.” The “no health benefits” part of that statement is what most cannabis activists are trying to challenge. Despite that, individuals can still face charges if they’re in possession of cannabis, and legal consequences can be more severe if the amount of cannabis is over what is considered enough for “personal use.”

Current Medical Cannabis Laws

Lawmakers in many states, including the Bluegrass State, are still working with lobbyists, scientists, and law enforcement to decide on the question of legal cannabis in the state. The question may also be put to voters to decide, depending on the state laws. Many states begin the path toward legalizing cannabis by relaxing possession laws, so you should check with Kentucky state government  to see current laws and regulations regarding cannabis dispensaries in the state.

Current Cannabis Research

Scientists have been studying the chemicals that create the physical and mental effects of cannabis, called cannabinoids. They have isolated the chemical (THC) that causes the mental impairment, intoxication, and occasional anxiety many experience with cannabis use. The other major chemical is cannabidiol, or CBD. While THC is illegal in all states, the legality of CBD varies state by state.

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