Republican Ryan Quarles connected Tuesday endorsed legalizing aesculapian marijuana successful Kentucky, pledging to navigate nan connection past legislative guidance if he's elected governor.
"It’s clip for Kentucky to walk a responsible aesculapian marijuana portion of authorities to thief use patients crossed Kentucky," Quarles said astatine a news convention extracurricular nan authorities Capitol.
Quarles' guidelines connected nan long-running medical marijuana rumor comes arsenic Republican candidates are trying to abstracted themselves from a crowded section successful nan GOP superior for governor.
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Quarles, successful his 2nd word arsenic authorities agriculture commissioner, is among a twelve candidates vying for nan GOP gubernatorial information successful nan May primary. Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear is seeking reelection successful nan Republican-trending Bluegrass State.
Medical cannabis legalization proposals person routinely died successful Kentucky's Republican-led legislature. The House has shown its support successful nan past to legalize and strictly modulate nan usage of cannabis for a database of eligible aesculapian conditions. Those proposals stalled successful nan Senate.
Ryan Quarles, Republican gubernatorial campaigner and agriculture commissioner of Kentucky, has endorsed legalizing aesculapian marijuana.
Quarles connected Tuesday called it an "access to attraction rumor for galore Kentuckians." In pushing for legalization, he said he would tie connected his acquisition arsenic a erstwhile authorities lawmaker and successful overseeing nan state's hemp programme arsenic agriculture commissioner.
"There’s nary campaigner amended positioned successful this title to person a speech astir what nan model would beryllium for illustration to thief walk a responsible aesculapian marijuana measure done nan General Assembly," Quarles said.
Quarles said he thinks a majority of Kentuckians support legalizing aesculapian marijuana. The narrowly tailored programme should respect nan "doctor-patient relationship" and support "government retired of it," he said.
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The aesculapian cannabis programme should beryllium shaped successful a measurement to use Kentucky farmers, he said. Quarles besides pledged to activity pinch rule enforcement to "make judge we get it right."
Frustrated by legislative inaction, Beshear took executive action precocious past twelvemonth to let Kentuckians suffering from debilitating conditions to legally person mini amounts of aesculapian marijuana decently purchased successful different state. The politician called it a viable replacement to addictive medications successful a authorities ravaged by nan opioid crisis.
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Under his order, a Kentuckian needs certification from a licensed wellness attraction supplier to verify a test for astatine slightest 1 of nan bid of conditions that qualify. Those see cancer, epilepsy, aggregate sclerosis, Parkinson’s illness and post-traumatic accent disorder.
The politician has said he would beryllium "happy" to rescind his bid if nan legislature passes authorities to legalize aesculapian cannabis. Supporters of legalizing aesculapian marijuana person not made immoderate headway yet successful this year's 30-day legislative session, which crossed nan halfway constituent past week.