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Inside Governor Andy Beshear’s Medical Marijuana Executive Order: Here Is What You Need to Know

Kentucky governor Andy Beshear recently issued an executive order (EO) that is a big stride for Kentucky cannabis laws and medical marijuana. 

The Courier Journal reports this quote from Beshear: 

“What we’re trying to do is take a measured step to help those that are struggling, while ensuring they can purchase from a safe and reliable place. And ultimately, nobody should feel like a criminal when they can legally purchase it in one of our neighboring states and use it.”

Specifically, the EO allows people with certain severe medical conditions to be eligible for a pardon if they get arrested for marijuana possession. 

According to, such conditions include cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), muscular dystrophy, and terminal illnesses.

However, there are some additional caveats that people who are looking to use marijuana for medicinal purposes must be wary of, which we will detail below. 

You Must Have Legally Purchased the Marijuana

You will not be eligible for a pardon if you did not legally purchase the marijuana in a state that has legalized marijuana. 

Proof of purchase, such as a receipt from a dispensary, must be provided. 

So, if your marijuana was procured through a drug dealer, rather than legally, you will not be eligible for pardoning, no matter your condition. 

Limits on How Much Medical Marijuana You Can Possess

Even if you legally purchase the marijuana, that amount cannot exceed eight ounces. 

The magic number of eight ounces comes from the Kentucky law that decrees possession of marijuana above eight ounces is considered a felony. Below that threshold, however, is only a misdemeanor. 

For you to be eligible for pardon, you need to be below the threshold, in the misdemeanor zone. 

You Need a Medical Card from Your Doctor for Medical Marijuana

You cannot just cite medical records showing you have, e.g., a terminal illness and expect to get a pardon. 

Instead, you must get a special certification from a licensed healthcare provider. That certification must show that you indeed have one of the 21 conditions that are considered eligible for pardon. 

Is Marijuana Still Illegal In Kentucky? 

The short answer is yes. All this executive order does is decriminalize marijuana possession for a small amount of the population. 

If you do not suffer from any of the 21 named medical conditions, then you are ineligible for a pardon for marijuana possession, even if it is less than 8 ounces and was legally purchased. 

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