Medical marijuana will not be legalized in Kentucky this year, state lawmaker says

Sen. Damon Thayer said he is hoping that a last-minute effort will push the sports wagering bill through the Senate.

Medical marijuana will not be legalized in the 2022 legislative session, but sports betting still has a chance, according to a member of Senate Republican leadership.

Kentucky’s legislative process requires each chamber to read bills into the record three times on three separate days.

After Tuesday, only three calendar days will be left for the 2022 session.

Senate Majority House Floor Leader Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) said the bills legalizing medical cannabis and sports betting in the commonwealth don’t have enough support to pass in the Senate, but he’s keeping the latter bill alive in hopes to get it through when lawmakers return for their final days in Frankfort following the veto period.

House Bill 136, which would legalize medical marijuana, passed out of the House earlier this month.

The Senate has yet to act on the measure despite it having support from many Democratic and some Republican senators.

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