Twenty-three states have legalized some form of medical marijuana. Ward said it is Kentucky’s turn. “I think there is a chance we could pass a simple bill that said marijuana could be added to the list of controlled substances that could be prescribed by medical professionals,” Ward said. Last year, the bill made it through the Health and Welfare Committee in the House, but did not make it to a floor vote. Opponents said despite the medical benefits, there are still concerns about the abuse and recreational use. House Speaker Greg Stumbo filed a medical marijuana bill last year. That measure stalled, but Stumbo says he would pursue it again this year if there’s a chance for passage. During last year’s campaign, Gov. Matt Bevin said he would support legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. Ward hopes his organization will help push the bill further this year.