Ky. Senate panel OKs trial use of cannabis oil

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky Senate committee has advanced a bill to allow trial use of cannabis oil to treat children suffering from severe seizures.

Republican Sen. Julie Denton predicted Wednesday that her bill has enough support to pass the Senate and House. The measure now goes to the full Senate.

The Senate Health and Welfare Committee heard emotional testimony from parents who pleaded with lawmakers to legalize cannabis oil for their ailing children.

Rita Wooton of Hyden says her young son has been plagued by severe seizures since birth. She says they've tried more than a dozen drugs but nothing has worked.

The bill would allow use of the non-intoxicating medical marijuana oil when it's recommended by doctors practicing at a state university research hospital.

The legislation is Senate Bill 124.

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