ARCHIVES | Kentucky House panel approves medical marijuana

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - 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.

"Listen to me. I'm a veteran. I'm telling you it helps me," Mike Krawitz said to the committee.

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.

Supporters were thrilled with Thursday's result.

Amy Stalker is a native of Louisville that relocated to Colorado to use medicinal marijuana. She came back home to Kentucky to help her family, now she can't get what she needs.

"This is your right to have medical options and options for your health," Stalker told WKYT.

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.

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