A statewide forum on medical marijuana will take place in Kentucky this fall.
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will host the forum on September 23 in Lexington. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Foundation CEO Ben Chandler said in a statement that it will be a 'balanced' forum designed to answer a lot of questions with experts on all sides.
Among the speakers will be Kentucky’s Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Jeffrey Howard and Louisville attorney Brian Higgins who will share how marijuana is regulated across the country. Attendees will also hear from Andrew Freedman who is considered Colorado’s marijuana czar. He’ll talk about how public health has been impacted since Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000 and eased restrictions to allow recreational weed in 2007.
Since 1996, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and public support for the idea is growing in Kentucky. Legislation made it out of a House committee in this year’s General Assembly session.