Kentucky bill to legalize medical marijuana advances

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FRANKFORT, Ky (AP) — Medical marijuana advocates have won an initial victory in trying to legalize medical cannabis in Kentucky.

A legalization measure cleared the House Judiciary Committee on a 17-1 vote Wednesday.

The committee room was filled with advocates who have pressed for years to legalize medical marijuana for people battling chronic pain and debilitating medical conditions.

"I’m not the only sick person in Kentucky in this predicament,” advocate Eric Crawford said according to AP. “There are thousands of other sick people in our state that use cannabis medically and are considered law breakers. Do you think we’re all criminals?”

The bill that would also regulate medical marijuana now heads to the full House. Rep. Jason Nemes, a leading sponsor of the bill, predicted it has enough support to pass the House.

It would then move to the Senate.