Lawmakers appear ready to make marijuana oil legal in Kentucky, after the Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would make the controversial extract available to treat children with uncontrollable seizures.
The vote is believed to be the first by a Kentucky legislative chamber on medicinal use of the plant since marijuana became illegal in the state decades ago. House leaders say they expect the measure to pass that chamber as well.
Senate Bill 124, sponsored by Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, would allow the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville medical schools to conduct research and allow anyone enrolled in a U.S. Food and Drug Administration trial to be treated with marijuana oil.
“This’ll help us tremendously,” said Laureen Vassil of Lexington, who watched the vote and considered going to Colorado — where the oil is legal — to seek treatment for her daughter Allison, 15, who has suffered uncontrollable seizures for 10 years.
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