First off, I'd like to say a big congratulations to the citizens of the commonwealth of Kentucky who were just granted the first step towards the legalization of marijuana.

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On Tuesday, November 15th Kentucky Governor Andy Breshear signed an executive order to allow the possession and sale of medical marijuana. This will go into effect on January 1st, 2023.

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While this law is far from what we're used to here in Michigan, it's good news for Michigan medical cannabis patients looking to travel to the bluegrass state.

What are the rules for out of state users of medical marijuana in Kentucky?

According to the newly signed executive order, there are 21 specific conditions that are covered for use. they include:

  • Amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Intractable seizures / Intractable pain
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Neuropathies
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Severe arthritis
  • Severe and chronic pain
  • Terminal illness

If you're a Kentuckian purchasing in Michigan with your medical license, you will need to keep your receipt of purchase.

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However, there is no specification right now about if Michiganders will need their receipt to travel to Kentucky with theirs. So, you may want to just keep it out of abundance of caution.

Can I purchase medical cannabis in Kentucky?

As of right now, no. Kentucky does not have medical cannabis storefronts. The state is directing residents to travel to neighboring states to make their purchases after the order goes into action.

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This order also does not grant Kentucky the right to open any medical store fronts at this time. However, Kentucky's Governor did say he plans to work with the state's general assembly to try to fully pass medical marijuana for the state in the coming year. So, here's hope that you may not have to BYOC when traveling to Kentucky in the future.

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