Kentucky Legislators Move Forward to Establish Cannabis Research Center

By Nicole Stempak

Kentucky legislators will soon have a floor vote on whether to advance the study of cannabis use for medical treatment.

The House Education Committee approved House Bill 463, which would establish the Kentucky Center for Cannabis Research at the University of Kentucky. UK could receive up to $4 million from the General Assembly over the next two fiscal years. The center would cannabis research on a variety of topics, everything from pharmaceutical development to clinical studies to trials and review potential risks or side effects.

“It’s important that cannabis be researched for its effectiveness as a medication and that physicians understand how to dose and prescribe it,” Sponsor Kim Moser told the Lexington Herald Leader. “It’s critical researchers and prescribers know what the indications are … and most of all, that patients get what they think they are getting.”

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