Kentucky Medical Marijuana/Cannabis Act

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3:52 PM 2/1/2010

BE IT KNOWN that it is the intent of this "petition" to collect signatures to be submitted to the Kentucky Legislative body to enact a "bill" to authorize the use of MEDICAL MARIJUANA in the state of KENTUCKY.

This "BILL" will include but is not limited to the following constraints:

1. The "BILL" will enact a statutory mechanism to regulate and authorize the
medical use of Marijuana by "qualifying patients" who have a valid "registry
identification card" (i.e., a "registered qualifying patient") and permits any
qualifying patient to apply to the Department of Health or other entity as set
forth in the provisions of the "bill", for a registry card to be used under the mechanism,
with the application including a health care practitioner's written certification stating
that the qualifying patient is likely to receive therapeutic or
palliative benefit from the medical use of Marijuana/Cannabis.

2. Defines a "qualifying patient" as a person who has been diagnosed by
a health care practitioner as having a debilitating medical condition.

3. Specifies certain Cannabis-related activities,

4. Permits a "primary caregiver" who is at least 21 years of age
to be registered as above.

5. Sets a time limit for approval or denial of an application.

6. Provides for the revocation of a registry card in specified circumstances.

7. Requires the "patient" or "caregiver" to maintain Cannabis/Marijuana plants
in an enclosed area out of public view.

8. Provides certain protections to a registered, qualifying patients and caregivers
related to their cardholder status, i.e., parental rights, employer's, etc.,

9. Specifies that the mechanism DOES NOT REQUIRE:
a. a government medical assistance program or private health insurer
to bear the cost for this "medication".
b. an employer to accomodate the use of Cannabis/Marijuana in the
workplace, nor any employee working while impaired.

10. Imposes functions and duties upon the Department of Health (or other entity),
that relate to the medical use of Cannabis/Marijuana.

11. Establishes an "advisory council" to accept and consider petitions from the
public or physicians to consider the addition of debilitating illnesses.

12. Prohibits any person or government entity from disclosing any information
contained in an application for a registry identification card.

13. "Visiting patients" who have been documented in another state who come to
Kentucky on a limited basis shall be recognized as having complied with the law of Kentucky.

14. Specifies that POSSESSION OF OR APPLICATION FOR A REGISTRY IDENTIFICATION
CARD DOES NOT CONSTITUTE PROBABLE CAUSE OR REASONABLE SUSPICION TO SEARCH OR
SEIZE THE PERSON OR PROPERTY OF THE PERSON POSSESSING OR APPLYING FOR THE CARD.

NO PERSON MAY BE SUBJECT TO ARREST, PROSECUTION, OR PENALTY OR BE DENIED ANY RIGHT
OR PRIVILEGE SOLELY FOR BEING WITH OR NEAR A REGISTERED PRIMARY CAREGIVER OR PA

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ive had gastreoperisis for 6 years now with chronic pain in my back and both legs due to herniated discs an neuropothy I take like 20 pills a day to help but ifound that smoking marijuana relieves all my symptoms and helps with pain and nausea
i had a few freands die on count of pain pills may if medical marijuana wes legal thay would still be alive today
I agree that this option of a medical usage, and their is less side effects than pills. more of a population control. Most pills have side effects that can make minor disorders end up being bigger that want they where before taking their medication. Marijuana is more organic, less dangerous ( unless pesticides are added ), & and more money for a cleaner state. We have a good amount of land to grow it as well. I don't know why it is illegal in the first place. The lord gave us all herbs to our disposal.
We want change. These outdated marijuana laws are putting nonviolent offenders in jail and placing a permanent mark on their records, making them unemployable. It is not right to keep a person and their children from living comfortably in this country just for smoking a joint and getting caught. Whitney Westerfield just threw out the bill on legalization and said it will get no hearing yet again. Maybe we can get rid of this roadblock to democracy with this petition.
As a veteran I suffer from severe anxiety and chronic pain. I would love to see medical marijuana legalized in this state. I have been on prescription pain medication and anxiety medication everyday for over a year now. I do not want to be one of those people that get addicted to these meds because there is a law that prohibits me from being able to get my medication from a natural non addicting plant.