Kentucky lawmakers shelved Wednesday a controversial bill to legalize medical marijuana, but supporters of the measure pledged to continue their fight.
Some backers of House Bill 166 were in tears after the House Judiciary Committee voted 14-4 to “pass over” the measure. That’s a procedure to put off voting on the bill until a later date.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. John Sims, D-Flemingsburg, said it’s doubtful the proposal will be revisited in this year’s legislative session but “anything is possible.”
Eric Crawford, a quadriplegic from Maysville who supports medical marijuana to ease his pain from glaucoma and a 1994 accident, said after the vote that he is more optimistic than ever that Kentucky eventually will join the 29 other states and District of Columbia that allow the use of marijuana to treat certain illnesses.
“I will be here next year during the session to get medical marijuana legal,” Crawford said.
Virginia and Tennessee are considering similar proposals this year.
The Kentucky bill would require a doctor to recommend medical marijuana before a patient could get it. It would be distributed