Kentucky Secretary of State starts task force to get medical marijuana legalized

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday she is starting a task force to focus on a legislative proposal to legalize medical marijuana.

According to a release, the group will also study and propose potential implementation and regulation of medical marijuana.

"Too many Kentuckians are suffering from debilitating physical and mental illnesses. Most have lived with the effects of these illnesses for years. We must do more to relieve their pain and suffering, and there is significant evidence that cannabis is beneficial for these individuals, especially veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress," Grimes said.

The task force will include members of Kentucky's medical community, including doctors, nurses and medical administrators, as well as representatives from law enforcement and state agencies with regulatory oversight, medical marijuana advocates and military veterans.

The task force will be co-chaired by State Representative John Sims who is crafting medical marijuana legislation for the 2018 session.

The task force is scheduled to meet later this month in Frankfort.