There are currently six debilitating medical conditions that will qualify eligible patients for medical marijuana treatment when the Kentucky medical cannabis program begins in 2025.
While Kentucky currently does not issue medical marijuana cards, it is already establishing the framework of its medical cannabis program. When it launches in January 1, 2025, the state will issue medical marijuana cards to applicants diagnosed with the following conditions:
In addition to these, Kentucky will also allow the Kentucky Center for Cannabis Research to add any other medical condition or disease that it deems debilitating enough to benefit from medical marijuana treatment.
While Kentucky’s medical marijuana program is still under development, it already makes provision for the expansion of the list of qualifying conditions eligible for medical marijuana use in the state.
No. When the Kentucky medical marijuana program launches, it will restrict physicians to recommending medical cannabis only for medical conditions on its established list of qualifying conditions.
Yes. Kentucky requires any applicant for its medical cannabis card to obtain a written recommendation from a medical practitioner. This recommendation must confirm their diagnosis as one of the conditions approved for medical marijuana use in the state. Only Kentucky-licensed Board-certified physicians, osteopaths, and APRNs (advanced practice registered nurses), that have undergone the required training for medical cannabis prescriptions, can certify patients for medical cannabis. They must also have bona fide practitioner-patient relationships with the patients they recommend and conduct the initial assessment and examination for marijuana recommendation in person.
In addition to a diagnosis of a qualifying condition and a written certification from an eligible medical practitioner, anyone applying for a medical marijuana card in Kentucky must also: