Kentucky Senate passes bill to legalize medical marijuana

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Senate has voted to legalize medical marijuana in the state. The endorsement came Thursday after years of Senate resistance to cannabis access for people suffering from debilitating illnesses. The chamber sent the measure to the House, which has supported medical cannabis measures in the past. The vote came before lawmakers began an extended break. The House can take up the proposal in late March. That is when lawmakers reconvene for the final two days of this year’s session. Under the measure, medical cannabis could be prescribed for a list of conditions. It wouldn’t take effect until the start of 2025.