If you’re looking for where to get your medical cannabis card in Kentucky, you should know that there isn’t such a thing. But there has been some movement in that direction.
With so many states legalizing marijuana for both medical and recreational use, where does Kentucky currently stand? Currently, the Hemp State has not legalized cannabis. While there have been multiple attempts to pass legislation to allow medical marijuana in KY, it seems to fail every time.
Maybe you’ve heard that an executive order signed by Governor Beshear in 2022 (E.O. 2022-798) legalized medical marijuana for Kentuckians starting on January 1, 2023. While he did sign an executive order related to cannabis—you need to know that it does NOT legalize marijuana for medical use in Kentucky.
No, marijuana is not legal in Kentucky. It is still illegal to possess, use, grow, buy, or sell marijuana in Kentucky. There is not currently a medical marijuana program. The commonwealth does not take applications for medical marijuana cards. In fact, there is no such thing as KY medical cannabis cards, so don’t get scammed into believing that you’re paying for a legitimate card online!
So, if cannabis medical cards are not a thing and marijuana is still illegal in Kentucky, then what’s this executive order all about? Read on to find out.
Governor Beshear’s Executive Order 2022-798 allows a conditional preemptive pardon for possession for patients who meet certain criteria in Kentucky. Rather than legalizing marijuana or providing a way to access it, the executive order cancels legal consequences for certain Kentuckians who legally purchase cannabis from other states outside of Kentucky. It went into effect at the beginning of this year (2023).
The governor’s executive order is a temporary solution and he is still pushing forward with measures to encourage legislative adoption to legalize medical cannabis. Part of this endeavor included the creation of Team Kentucky Cannabis Advisory Committee, a panel made up of experts in healthcare, substance abuse, law enforcement, criminal justice, and advocates.
The executive order lays out specific conditions that must be met in order to receive the Governor’s pardon.
This includes the following rules:
If you meet these criteria, the pardon applies to criminal offenses of possession of marijuana under KRS 218A.1422, which currently lists possession as a Class B misdemeanor.
Although there is no such thing as a Kentucky medical marijuana card, the governor’s executive order does require that qualifying patients have a physician certification written document in order to meet the pardon requirements for possessing cannabis.
This document is written and signed by your Kentucky-licensed doctor, with whom you have a bona fide physician-patient relationship. The certification statement must include basic information, such as:
While you don’t need a special doctor to issue this statement, there may be reasons you’re seeking a physician certification online. My Virtual Physician can help. We are physician-founded and our doctors are proud to offer specialist visits for our patients, whether you need help managing your chronic condition or are simply looking for the physician certification.
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In the event that you’re looking to establish a bona fide relationship with our doctors in order to get your physician certification for medical marijuana in Kentucky, please reach out to us so we can help get you the documents you need. Contact us directly, or begin the process by filling out an intake form.*
*Note: Kentucky requires an established bona fide patient-relationship which may require multiple online visits to obtain physician certification for your condition.