State official discuss rollout of medical cannabis, dispensary could open in Owensboro-Daviess County – The Owensboro Times

In-state access to medical cannabis will become a reality for many Kentuckians on January 1, 2025. In the meantime, counties and cities across the Commonwealth are still developing plans for their role in that landscape. City of Owensboro and Daviess County officials have already expressed they plan to support allowing a dispensary to open locally, and on Wednesday a state official spoke further about the rollout of the medical cannabis.

According to Shelby Lewis, Executive Policy Advisor for the Kentucky Medical Cannabis Program, all local government municipalities were automatically opted in to allow medicinal cannabis per statute. However, governments can decide for themselves whether they want to keep that distinction or modify its standards.

“There are ways for a county or city to opt out of having medical cannabis within their jurisdiction, but at the baseline, everyone is automatically opted in. In addition to that, local governments may establish time, place, and manner restrictions if they allow cannabis businesses within their jurisdiction, and they may also establish reasonable local fees for local administration of cannabis businesses,” Lewis said.

In Owensboro-Daviess County, the majority of elected officials support medical cannabis being available locally. According to the state statute, in the first

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