If you are a member of Dr. Lovelace’s Direct Primary Care practice, the cost of the appointment and letter is free. If you are not a member of Derby City Direct Primary Care, the 30-60 minute evaluation and certifying letter is $250 and it is good for one year. This fee must be paid at the time of the visit.
To get your Medical Cannabis certificate, you first have to be diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions by a medical provider. The conditions that qualify for Medical Cannabis treatment:
* ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease
* Intractable Seizures
* Parkinson’s disease
* Crohn’s disease
* Multiple Sclerosis
* Sickle Cell anemia
* Severe and chronic pain
* Post-traumatic stress disorder
* Cachexia or wasting syndrome
* Severe Arthritis
* Hepatitis C
* Intractable pain
* Muscular Dystrophy
* Huntington’s disease
* HIV or AIDS
* Terminal Illness
If you qualify, Dr. Lovelace (Kentucky licensed physician) will provide a written, signed certification that will expire in one year. The fee includes follow up appointments about questions on your medical cannabis certificate for up to one year. In the case you are denied, you will be refunded half of examination fee. Reasons for denial would include but are not limited to: suspected drug abuse, fraud and unqualified medical condition.
1. Valid Kentucky Drivers’ License or Kentucky ID Card
2. Medical records with qualifying diagnosis, or ensure these are sent to Dr. Lovelace at least 48 hours prior to your appointment
3. Payment of $250 - All transactions for medical cannabis certificates must be paid in full at time of visit.
There are no legal dispensaries in Kentucky. Per the Executive Order you must purchase Cannabis from a legal dispensary out of State. The closest states that will sell to Kentucky residents include Illinois and Michigan.
If you do not purchase from an legal dispensary out of State you will not be eligible for a pardon. Even if you have a Cannabis certificate from a Physician (Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathy) you must meet all requirements of the Executive Order to qualify for the pardon.
Options below are closest to Louisville, KY.
Derby City DPC does not have a relationship with these companies. This is provided for information purposes only.
Consume Cannabis Co. (locations in Illinois and Michigan)
Thrive Dispensary (Multiple Illinois locations)
In order for cannabis to become legal in Kentucky the Legislative branch will have to pass a law legalizing cannabis. To review the current bills click here for Senate bill 47 and here for Senate bill 51. Legislators may introduce additional bills regarding Cannabis.
The Kentucky Legislature will be back in session February 6,2023.