FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 12, 2014) – The Kentucky Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would allow research and limited medical use of cannabis oil.
Senate Bill 124, sponsored by Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, and Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Hopkinsville, would allow doctors at the state’s two university research hospitals to prescribe cannabis oil to patients. The bill also would allow the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville medical schools to conduct studies of the oil which can be derived from industrial hemp or marijuana plants.
Supporters of the measure say it is an effective treatment for certain medical conditions, including pediatric epilepsy.
“This bill is designed to be one more tool in the toolbox for those children to help preserve their quality of life and help preserve their life,” Denton said.
SB 124 now goes to the House of Representatives for further action.