medical marijuana http://wfpl.org en State Rep. Tom Burch: Laws Outlawing Marijuana Were 'Ill Advised' http://wfpl.org/post/state-rep-tom-burch-laws-outlawing-marijuana-were-ill-advised <p>A Democratic state legislator said he believes legalized medical marijuana in Kentucky is a matter of when, not if.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Still, Senate Republicans are concerned that people would use the drug for recreational purposes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Rep.Tom Burch said he remembers when the state outlawed marijuana—and he called it a mistake.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:54:24 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9599 at http://wfpl.org State Rep. Tom Burch: Laws Outlawing Marijuana Were 'Ill Advised' Medical Marijuana Bill Heads to Kentucky House http://wfpl.org/post/medical-marijuana-bill-heads-kentucky-house <p>FRANKFORT—The movement to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Kentucky made another leap forward on Thursday.</p><p>A House Health and Welfare Committee, packed to bursting with medical marijuana supporters, approved a bill that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. It passed by a 9-5 partisan line vote, with Democrats voting in support of the measure.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:01:27 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8728 at http://wfpl.org Medical Marijuana Bill Heads to Kentucky House Kentucky Senate Committee OKs Cannabis Oil Bill http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-senate-committee-oks-cannabis-oil-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rita Wooton holds up her smartphone and plays a video: Her three-year-old son, Eli, clad in a diaper, writhes on a couch, his limbs twitching, his lips a pale shade of blue.</span></p><p>Eli has Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, or LGS, a rare neurological disorder that causes chronic seizures. Her son has suffered thousands of them, causing extensive brain damage,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wooton</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says.</span></p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8717 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Senate Committee OKs Cannabis Oil Bill Bill Allowing Study of Cannabis Oil Proposed in Kentucky State Senate http://wfpl.org/post/bill-allowing-study-cannabis-oil-proposed-kentucky-state-senate <p>A bill that would permit Kentucky universities to study and develop treatments using cannabis oil has been filed in the state Senate.</p><p>Cannabidiol is an ingredient found in the marijuana plant. It has an extremely low THC content, which means it doesn’t get its users high, and a growing body of research shows it can significantly reduce seizures, even in children with epilepsy.</p><p>State Sen. Julie Denton says that the cannabidiol found in strains of cannabis oil can save lives.</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 21:27:48 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8521 at http://wfpl.org Bill Allowing Study of Cannabis Oil Proposed in Kentucky State Senate Kentucky House Members Hear Pleas for Medical Marijuana http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-house-members-hear-pleas-medical-marijuana <p>In 1994, Eric Crawford was rendered a quadriplegic following a traffic accident. Confined to a wheelchair, the Maysville resident says he has since developed glaucoma, and that his doctor told him that, while it could not be prescribed, marijuana could alleviate his pain.</p><p>But in the absence of legislation that would add Kentucky to the list of 20 states with some form of medical marijuana law, Crawford says he has to obtain his marijuana illegally.</p><p>Kentucky lawmakers are weighing a bill to legalize medical marijuana.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:52:23 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8191 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky House Members Hear Pleas for Medical Marijuana Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad Discusses Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrest http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-police-chief-steve-conrad-discusses-racial-disparity-marijuana-arrest <p>Racial disparities in marijuana arrests have more to do with the neighborhoods where Louisville Metro Police focuses its attention than with race, Chief Steve Conrad says.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:18:38 +0000 Joseph Lord 7873 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad Discusses Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrest Poll Shows Major Support for Medical Marijuana in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/poll-shows-major-support-medical-marijuana-kentucky <p></p><p>A new poll shows 78 percent of&nbsp;Kentuckians&nbsp;support the legalization of medical marijuana, while others would be fine with widespread legalization.&nbsp;</p><p>The Kentucky Health Issues Poll has conducted polling on a wide array of issues for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky over the past few months, from a statewide smoking ban to health insurance coverage.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 19:19:35 +0000 Kenny Colston 5370 at http://wfpl.org Poll Shows Major Support for Medical Marijuana in Kentucky State Senator Perry Clark Lauds Hemp, Pot Poll Results http://wfpl.org/post/state-senator-perry-clark-lauds-hemp-pot-poll-results <p>State Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, is touting a <em>Courier-Journal </em>Bluegrass Poll, which shows broad support for industrial hemp and medical marijuana.</p><p>The survey finds <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130223/PRIME01/302230034/Bluegrass-Poll-Kentucky-supports-hemp-medical-marijuana-40-want-legalize-recreational-use">65 percent of Kentuckians support hemp and 60 percent favor using the drug for prescription</a> use. Clark filed a <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/sen-clark-proposes-galbraith-marijuana-bill-again">measure dubbed the "Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act"</a> that would move cannabis to the list of prescription drugs to treat illnesses.</p><p>Supporters rallied for the proposal earlier this year, but it faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate.</p><p>Clark says he hopes fellow state lawmakers are paying attention to national trends and the shift in public opinion among Kentuckians.</p><p>"Clearly we’re forming a cannabis majority in this nation. You know 19 states have legalized medicinal marijuana, at least two states have gone total recreational and eight other states have passed industrial hemp," he says. "It’s time for us to think forward and realize this is not the top problem that we’re having in Kentucky."</p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:02:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4192 at http://wfpl.org State Senator Perry Clark Lauds Hemp, Pot Poll Results Medical Marijuana Supporters Rally in Frankfort http://wfpl.org/post/medical-marijuana-supporters-rally-frankfort <p></p><p>FRANKFORT — Saying the push for industrial help may help their &nbsp;cause in the future, supporters of a bill establishing a comprehensive system for medical marijuana in Kentucky rallied Wednesday in the Capitol Annex.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 23:16:00 +0000 Rae Hodge 3851 at http://wfpl.org Medical Marijuana Supporters Rally in Frankfort Medical Marijuana Supporters to Rally Wednesday in Frankfort http://wfpl.org/post/medical-marijuana-supporters-rally-wednesday-frankfort <p>FRANKFORT —&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Advocates of legalizing marijuana for medical uses in Kentucky are rallying Wednesday afternoon &nbsp;in the Capitol Annex.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sen. Perry Clark, a Democrat of Louisville, has introduced Senate Bill 11 into the state Senate.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If passed the bill, known as the </span>Gatewood<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act &nbsp;would "establish a comprehensive system for medical marijuana in Kentucky."&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:20:03 +0000 Rae Hodge 3830 at http://wfpl.org Medical Marijuana Supporters to Rally Wednesday in Frankfort