Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring a bill that would make it legal for people to smoke marijuana in Kentucky for medical purposes.
The measure would require doctors to be trained before they could prescribe the drug to patients, and Stumbo said the state would have a strict oversight system in place to make sure prescriptions were not abused.
Kentucky lawmakers have softened their stance toward the cannabis plant in recent years. Last year, the state harvested its first hemp crop in decades and the state Legislature approved a bill allowing researchers to conduct medical experiments with cannabis extract.
Stumbo said he filed the bill because he believes lawmakers need to discuss the medical marijuana issue.