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Sec. Grimes, Medical Marijuana Task Force Announce Proposed Legislation

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, State Rep. John Sims and members of the medical marijuana task force on Thursday announced the legislation that resulted from the task force's discussions.

The previous day, Sims filed House Bill 166, which would legalize medical marijuana use for a variety of illnesses.

"What started as a whisper years ago is now a loud chorus. Kentuckians have declared 2018 as the year they expect action on medical marijuana from their legislators," Grimes said in a statement.

During the announcement Grimes highlighted Kentuckians suffering from ailments they say can be aided by medical marijuana, including PTSD, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease and more.

She also encouraged voters to contact their state representatives and encourage them to back the legislation.

"Where there is skepticism, let it be met with education. If you are one of the thousands of Kentuckians who support medical marijuana, join us. We need your voice," Grimes said. "Call, write, send a Facebook message, tweet to your legislators. Let no more time be wasted. Tell them you expect action in this session."

The task force met last year to discuss issues relating to the legalization of medical marijuana in Kentucky, as well as to provide input on a legislative proposal. The group includes members of Kentucky's medical community, including doctors, nurses and medical administrators, medical marijuana advocates, and military veterans.

Medical marijuana is legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

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