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Kentucky Cannabis Laws

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Legal status

  • Illegal

Possession limits

  • Possession is not allowed


  • Cultivation is illegal

Table of contents

  1. Is cannabis legal in Kentucky?
  2. What are the medical marijuana laws in Kentucky?
  3. How much cannabis can I possess in Kentucky?
  4. Is it legal to grow cannabis in Kentucky?

Cannabis is fully illegal in Kentucky. That said, Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order about medical cannabis in November 2022 that will allow Kentucky residents with certain medical conditions to possess and use up to 8 ounces of medical cannabis.

Starting January 1, 2023, Kentuckians will be legally allowed to possess up to 8 oz of medical cannabis if they have been diagnosed with one of the following conditions:

  • A terminal illness
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Chron’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Glaucoma
  • Hepatitis C
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Intractable pain
  • Intractable seizures
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Neuropathies
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Severe and chronic pain
  • Severe arthritis
  • Sickle cell anemia

To qualify, you must be diagnosed by a doctor of medicine or a doctor of osteopathy who is licensed to practice medicine in Kentucky and is in good standing with the appropriate state licensure board. The certification consultation can be online via telehealth.

Cannabis sales will remain illegal in Kentucky, so qualifying patients in the state will have to purchase their products legally in a neighboring state with medical programs, including Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Missouri, and Illinois.

What are the medical marijuana laws in Kentucky?

Medical marijuana is illegal in Kentucky, as is recreational marijuana use. However, 2020 saw House Bill 136 pass 65 to 30, making it the first medical marijuana bill to be taken up by the full House.

The COVID-19 pandemic put a hold on the vote, but it will be put to the House again in 2021. There was a previous attempt at recreational legalization in 2015 that failed, and 2014 saw the legalization of CBD trials, with Governor Steve Beshear signing a law permitting patients to use non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) derivatives with a physician’s recommendation under clinical trials at the University of Kentucky in the treatment of epilepsy.

How much cannabis can I possess in Kentucky?

It is illegal to possess cannabis in Kentucky.

No, it is not legal to grow cannabis in Kentucky.