KENTUCKY – Making good on his promise to take further steps towards legalizing marijuana in Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear named 17 members to the Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee.
According to LEX 18, the Governor’s office announced that the new members of the committee will “help advise him on providing access to medical cannabis for Kentuckians suffering from chronic pain and other medical conditions.”
The members were selected on the basis of their experience in healthcare, treatment of addiction, criminal justice, and advocacy for medical cannabis.
The committee will be co-chaired by Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Kerry Harvey and Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet Ray Perry. The additional 15 members include:
- Dr. Amber Cann of La Grange, pharmacy coach and adjunct professor at Spalding University
- Julie Cantwell of Rineyville, advocate with Kentuckians for Medical Marijuana
- Jennifer Cave of Louisville, member, Stites and Harbison;
- Eric Crawford of Maysville, advocate;
- Cookie Crews of Frankfort, commissioner of the Department of Corrections;
- Dr. John Farmer of Louisville, OB/GYN, medical director of Solid Ground Counseling and Recovery, addiction treatment provider in Louisville, Morehead and Hazard;
- Dr. Jonathan Hatton of Whitesburg, family medicine, Mountain Comprehensive Health;
- Brian Jointer of Jeffersonville, Indiana, certified public health worker in Louisville;
- Dr. Nick Kouns of Lexington, internal medicine, Clark Regional Medical Center;
- Alex Kreit of Cincinnati, Ohio, director of the Chase Center on Addiction Law and Policy at Northern Kentucky University;
- Dr. Linda McClain of Louisville, OB/GYN, Commonwealth Counseling Center;
- Andrew Sparks of Lexington, former assistant U.S. Attorney;
- Dee Dee Taylor of Louisville, chief executive officer, 502 Hemp Wellness Center;
- Julie Wallace of Morganfield, Union County Attorney; and
- Kristin Wilcox of Beaver Dam, co-founder of Kentucky Moms for Medical Cannabis.
Members of the committee will travel across Kentucky to gauge support for legalization in the various communities and report to the governor.
Recent polls suggest about 90% of Kentuckians support the legalization of medical cannabis. Gov. Beshear is also working to determine if legalizing through an executive order is possible.
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