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Senate passes cannabis oil bill in history-making vote

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FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - For the first time in its history, Kentucky's House passed legislation allowing doctors to use a limited form of cannabis for medical purposes.

The Senate voted unanimously Wednesday, with no members voicing opposition on the floor. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Julie Denton, R-Louisville, would allow doctors at the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky hospitals to use cannabis oil to treat patients.

Studies have shown the oil, which has very low levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, to be effective in treating epilepsy patients, Denton said.

"This is not a partisan issue, it's a people issue," Denton said. "During the session, there's been a lot of education going on."

In recent weeks, parents of children who have severe seizure disorders pleaded with lawmakers to approve cannabis oil. One woman, Rita Wooten of southeastern Kentucky, said she was considering moving to Colorado to get treatment for her daughter because the oil was legal there.

Senate Bill 124 now moves to the House, where Denton said she was confident it would pass.

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