Nearly 8 in 10 Kentuckians think residents should be able to purchase marijuana for medical purposes if their doctor recommends it, according to the 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll.
More than 4 in 10 adults in Kentucky support having lawmakers make the decision on whether the drug should be legal for medical uses, according to the poll. About the same number say voters should decide the issue.
The findings have some health officials concerned.
“The Food & Drug Administration lists marijuana in the most restricted category of the Controlled Substance Act, meaning it has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and is not safe for use, even under medical supervision,” said Mary Francis, director of the Assistance for Substance Abuse Prevention Center. “Marijuana plants contain over 400 chemicals, some of which are known carcinogens.”
About 20 states have varying regulations that allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes in some form, although the drug is still banned by the federal government.
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