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Set to Commence Acceptance of Medical Marijuana Business Applications in the Coming Week

Governor Andy Beshear of Kentucky, a Democrat, revealed that the state will start accepting business applications from Monday, July 1, for medical cannabis cultivators, producers, and vendors, as reported by ABC News. Furthermore, in the upcoming week, physicians and advanced practice registered nurses will have the opportunity to seek certification for patients eligible for medical cannabis within the program.

The initial round of applications is set to allocate in October utilizing a lottery system. Ensuring a fair and transparent process, notes Sam Flynn, the executive director of the Kentucky Office of Medical Cannabis.

Kentucky’s legislation on medical cannabis passed through the Republican-controlled Legislature in 2023, with Governor Beshear promptly signing it into law. Earlier this year, additional legislation signed aimed to accelerate the licensing timeline by half a year, enabling the program’s launch on schedule from January 1, 2025.

Medical cannabis patients registered in Kentucky will have access to a range of products, including edibles and concentrates, excluding smokable variants like cannabis flower or pre-rolls. The application process for medical cards will open on January 1, recognizing out-of-state patient IDs.

Qualifying conditions under the program cover a spectrum of health issues such as cancer at any stage, severe chronic pain, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, chronic nausea, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Kentucky’s focus remains on delivering a program that prioritizes fairness, transparency, and customer satisfaction throughout the licensing process.

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