TO CONSIDER THE REVISED PLAN. NOW, YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN ADVERTISEMENTS FOR CANNABIS CARDS PROMISING TO GET YOU CERTIFIED FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA. THE ADS POPPED UP AFTER GOVERNOR BESHEAR SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER PARTNERING MEDICAL MARIJUANA USERS. WLKY MARK VANDERHOFF EXPLAINS WHY ADVOCATES ARE CAUTIONING AGAINST GETTING ONE OF THE CARDS. A QUICK SEARCH OF THE INTERNET AND YOU’LL FIND SEVERAL COMPANIES OFFERING THESE SO-CALLED CANNABIS CARDS TO KENTUCKY RESIDENTS. BUT SOME PRO CANNABIS GROUPS THAT WE SPOKE WITH SAY THEY’RE NOT ONLY UNNECESSARY, THEY MIGHT EVEN GET YOU INTO SOME TROUBLE. I’VE SEEN SIGNS IN PADUCAH SAYING, GET YOUR MEDICAL CANNABIS CARD. I EVEN SAW MY WIFE SAY SHE SAW AN AD ON TV. GET YOUR MEDICAL CANNABIS CARDS ON TV. PATRICK DUNNIGAN IS A CANNABIS ACTIVIST IN KENTUCKY. BUT HE’S WORRIED ABOUT SO-CALLED CANNABIS CARDS. IT’S THE WILD WEST, RIGHT? THAT’S THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN TAKE IT. YOU KNOW, AND IT’S SAD BECAUSE I DO SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE GETTING SCAMMED. ALL RIGHT. ON SOCIAL MEDIA, OFFERS FOR THE CARDS HAVE EXPLODED SINCE GOVERNOR ANDY BESHEAR SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER IN NOVEMBER. IT CREATES A PROCESS TO PARDON MEDICAL MARIJUANA USERS WHO ARE CHARGED WITH SIMPLE POSSESSION. ONE VICTIM SENT US A COPY OF A CARD. HE PAID $150 TO GET. WHAT’S WRONG WITH THESE CARDS? WELL, THEY’RE NOT NECESSARY. THE GOVERNOR’S ORDER IS NOT A LEGAL MEDICAL PROGRAM. IT IS AN EXTENSION OF HIS PARDON POWERS, A WRITTEN DOCTOR CERTIFICATION IS NEEDED FOR A PARDON. BUT ONE EXPERT TOLD US THESE CARDS WILL NOT STOP A POLICE OFFICER FROM CHARGING YOU WITH POSSESSION. THAT HASN’T BEEN TESTED YET. SO WE DON’T KNOW IF THEY’RE GOING TO TAKE YOUR PAPERWORK AND SAY, OKAY, WHAT LOOKS GOOD. YOU CAN GO, BUT GO SEE THE JUDGE AT THE STATE. WHILE ACTIVISTS SAY GOVERNOR BASHIR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER IS VAGUE, THEY ALSO BLAME STATE LAWMAKERS FOR FAILING TO PASS MARIJUANA LEGISLATION. I’M PROUD OF BESHEAR FOR WHAT HE DID RIGHT AND WHAT I LIKE. HERE WE’VE GOT HIM ON CAMERA SAYING THAT HE WILL NOT RESCIND HIS EXECUTIVE ORDER UNTIL LEGISLATORS PASS SOMETHING TWO OR EQUAL BETTER THAN WH

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Marijuana activists warn against so-called ‘cannabis cards’ in Kentucky


They’re called “cannabis cards” and they promise “medical cannabis certification.” Advertisements for them have been popping up on billboards, social media and even television stations in Kentucky.There’s only one problem. Cannabis activists say they won’t keep you from getting arrested if you get pulled over with marijuana and they might not even meet the criteria for a pardon under Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order. “They’re not necessary,” Lauren Bratcher, deputy director for Kentucky NORMAL (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws), said. “Save your money.”Many people have been confused by Beshear’s executive order, assuming it created a medical marijuana program, Bratcher said.But the order only creates a process to pardon medical marijuana users after they have been charged with simple possession of marijuana.In order to qualify for a pardon, the accused must meet certain criteria, including having a written certification from a health care provider showing they have been diagnosed with one of 21 categories of illness or medical condition. Activists say they have seen similar cannabis cards sold in other states. They say Beshear’s executive order is vague and does not go far enough, but they also blame state lawmakers for not having passed marijuana legislation. “I’m proud of Beshear for what he did, and we’ve got him on camera saying he will not rescind his executive order until legislators pass something equal to or better than what he’s got,” Patrick Dunegan, director of the Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Coalition, said.Related content

They’re called “cannabis cards” and they promise “medical cannabis certification.” Advertisements for them have been popping up on billboards, social media and even television stations in Kentucky.

There’s only one problem.

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Cannabis activists say they won’t keep you from getting arrested if you get pulled over with marijuana and they might not even meet the criteria for a pardon under Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order.

“They’re not necessary,” Lauren Bratcher, deputy director for Kentucky NORMAL (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws), said. “Save your money.”

Many people have been confused by Beshear’s executive order, assuming it created a medical marijuana program, Bratcher said.

But the order only creates a process to pardon medical marijuana users after they have been charged with simple possession of marijuana.

In order to qualify for a pardon, the accused must meet certain criteria, including having a written certification from a health care provider showing they have been diagnosed with one of 21 categories of illness or medical condition.

Activists say they have seen similar cannabis cards sold in other states. They say Beshear’s executive order is vague and does not go far enough, but they also blame state lawmakers for not having passed marijuana legislation.

“I’m proud of Beshear for what he did, and we’ve got him on camera saying he will not rescind his executive order until legislators pass something equal to or better than what he’s got,” Patrick Dunegan, director of the Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Coalition, said.

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