- Require patients to have a medical recommendation card obtained from a licensed physician to purchase marijuana for medical conditions;
- Require licenses for cultivators, processors and dispensaries;
- Establish child-proof packaging requirements and liability for negligent storage in spaces where children are present;
- Restrict advertising and marketing that reaches and/or targets minors;
- Prohibit kid friendly shapes, colors, product formats and packaging;
- Prohibit public consumption and smoking of marijuana;
- Restrict sales to face-to-face transactions in licensed, 21-and-older bricks and mortar locations and create a sufficient compliance check system;
- Prohibit possession by any person at any time on school buses; as well as in school vehicles while minors are present;
- Regulate pesticide use, require safe manufacturing and packaging requirements and require recalls to be publicized;
- Establish an accredited testing lab system and ensure traceability throughout the supply chain;
- Emphasize treatment over incarceration;
- Set aside portion of revenues generated by medical marijuana for enforcement and education;
- Establish reporting requirements on ongoing public health impacts.
The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky list, Medical Marijuana: Public Health Policy Considerations, can be found here.
About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested more than $29 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
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