WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu March 13, 2014
Kentucky Senate OK's Cannabis Oil Bill
The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe, and patients to use, cannabis-based oil for medical purposes. The non-intoxicating cannabidiol has been used in other states to treat severe seizures in children, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder.
The bill is sponsored by Republican Senator Julie Denton of Louisville who says the oil would be studied by Kentucky research universities. Doctors would be able to send patients to those universities to acquire the oil. The bill drew no vocal opposition in the Senate chamber.
It cleared the state Senate on Wednesday with a unanimous vote. The bill now moves to the Kentucky House for consideration.