Bill introduced to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky

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Legislation has been proposed to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky. It's already creating a buzz around our region. "I think it's a great thing," Aarielle James said. Medical marijuana is the only thing that brought James relief during her cancer treatments.

"I couldn't eat, I couldn't sleep. Pretty much every five minutes I would get up. I couldn't even make it to the bathroom, I would just throw up right here if I didn't have a bucket." James has been battling an aggressive form of leukemia for two years, going through countless chemotherapy treatments and enduring a bone marrow transplant.

James says she was on five or six medications to try to fight the nausea but nothing worked, other than the medical marijuana. "I need it to just do basic everyday things that everyone does but they're not appreciative of like just going to the bathroom, just eating without throwing up or just keeping it down," James said.

She is in remission as of last Saturday. While medical marijuana can face controversy, she hopes to see it legalized to help those with serious medical conditions.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes has announced legislation to make medical marijuana legal in the Commonwealth. House Bill 166 was announced Thursday morning in Kentucky's capital city. A task force was formed in 2017 to work towards writing medical marijuana legislation that could be passed by the legislature.

According to the bill, people with qualifying debilitating conditions would be allowed to get a prescription. Some of the conditions include terminal illnesses, PTSD and eating disorders. The bill would also allow patients to grow up to 12 plants in a locked and enclosed facility.

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