Friday, February 28, 2014

Kentucky House Panel Approves Medical Marijuana


Medical marijuana took another step toward becoming legal in Kentucky. The House Health and Welfare Committee passed House Bill 350 on a 9-5 vote Thursday afternoon.

A panel of advocates testified in front of the committee. Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, a Democrat of Louisville, sponsored the bill. She was joined by a doctor from Arizona and a disabled veteran that uses medical marijuana.

Rep. Robert Benvenuti, a Republican from Lexington, spoke out against the measure. He said it would be dangerous for the people of Kentucky and more research was needed.

The measure will go to the full House.

A Senate committee passed a bill to allow a trial use of cannabis oil to treat children suffering from severe seizures on Wednesday. That measure is headed to the full Senate.