On January 8, 2024, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (Cabinet) published its long-anticipated first proposed set of medical marijuana regulations. These proposed regulations set forth the operating requirements for various types of operators within the program (including cultivators, processors, producers, and dispensaries), and rules for cannabis transportation, packaging, labeling, advertising, and testing. Unfortunately, the proposed regulations do not provide any insight regarding the upcoming application round or timeline; however, the press release associated with these regulations makes it clear that the Cabinet is in the process of developing additional administrative regulations. These draft regulations are now subject to a public review and comment period, which ends on March 31, 2024 (the deadline to submit written comments). If requested, the Cabinet will hold a virtual public hearing on the draft regulations on March 24, 2024.

McGlinchey’s cannabis attorneys are reviewing the proposed regulations and performing comparative analyses with regulations in other states that have mature medical marijuana markets, to determine whether or not comments are necessary. If you have any questions regarding these proposed regulations or would like to discuss them in more depth, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Photo of Chase Stoecker Chase Stoecker

Chase Stoecker is a versatile attorney who supports clients nationwide with legal solutions, including employment counsel, insurance-related advisory services, and commercial and financial services litigation. Active on the Cannabis industry team, Chase also advises clients with a wide range of contracts, compliance issues…

Chase Stoecker is a versatile attorney who supports clients nationwide with legal solutions, including employment counsel, insurance-related advisory services, and commercial and financial services litigation. Active on the Cannabis industry team, Chase also advises clients with a wide range of contracts, compliance issues, and more. Chase is especially versed in the overlap of cannabis and employment law, has been widely published on these issues. He can be found at conferences throughout the country including the Employment Practices Liability Insurance Conference and CannaTech Expo.

Photo of Heidi Urness Heidi Urness

As co-chair of McGlinchey’s Cannabis team, Heidi Urness has a national reputation as a skillful, tenacious, and results-focused attorney who advises licensees, financiers, and cannabis-ancillary business and service providers as they navigate and prosper in this highly regulated industry. Heidi was named one…

As co-chair of McGlinchey’s Cannabis team, Heidi Urness has a national reputation as a skillful, tenacious, and results-focused attorney who advises licensees, financiers, and cannabis-ancillary business and service providers as they navigate and prosper in this highly regulated industry. Heidi was named one of the Top 30 Cannabis Litigators You Should Know, a “Rising Star,” a Top 200 Global Cannabis Attorney, and is a respected legal voice for the industry nationally.

Photo of David Waxman David Waxman

David Waxman is a highly sought-after advisor to the cannabis industry. With more than three decades of experience counseling clients related to real estate development, zoning, acquisitions, and financing, as well as corporate transactions and environmental regulatory compliance, David Waxman helps clients both…

David Waxman is a highly sought-after advisor to the cannabis industry. With more than three decades of experience counseling clients related to real estate development, zoning, acquisitions, and financing, as well as corporate transactions and environmental regulatory compliance, David Waxman helps clients both translate business goals into results and also protect their interests. He applies his knowledge and experience to advising cannabis industry clients on financial services and investments, operational compliance and best practices, and real estate matters, and is a veteran of Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference, MJBizCon, and other cannabis industry events.