FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – A 17-member group, specially selected by Governor Andy Beshear to talk about medical marijuana for Kentuck residents, met for the first time.
The committee will seek input from the public and then provide knowledge of medical marijuana to the administration.
The Kentucky team’s Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee took its first steps forward in Frankfort on Monday to provide the Beshear administration with the experience of providing access to cannabis to Kentucky residents with chronic pain and other medical conditions.
Co-chairs Ray A. Perry and Kerry Harvey introduced 15 more members elected by Governor Beshear before focusing on how the committee would function.
The commission will host a number of town halls from across the Commonwealth. They will be divided into four regions, East, West, North and Central Kentucky, as they seek to hear as many voices as possible.
Through their new website, medicalcannabis.ky.gov, they have already received more than 700 public comments since Friday. All but 10 were supporting.
The committee says they want to hear from Kentuckians who are for and against medical marijuana, but action needs to be taken.
“It’s time to move on, 37 or 38 more states have acted on this,” said Kerry Harvey, co-chair of the committee. “So it’s wonderful to see people from all parts of the Commonwealth come together and work on something of this importance.”
The next committee will have its first two forums in July. First on July 6 in Pikeville and then again on July 19 in Frankfort
For now, co-chairs of the commission say there is no specific timetable for Governor Beshear to want this information to be collected.
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