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WHAS11/CJ Bluegrass Poll: Majority of Kentuckians OK with medical marijuana

by Joe Arnold


Posted on February 9, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 10:49 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- By a 3:2 margin, Kentuckians favor allowing the use of medical marijuana, according to a WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll released Sunday night.

Do you favor or oppose allowing the use of medical marijuana in Kentucky?

Favor     52%
Oppose    37%
Not sure  12%

Senate Bill 43, sponsored by Sen. Perry Clark (D-Louisville), would legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky.  Twenty other states have similar provisions.

"The science is far on our side," Clark said.  "Cannabis is medicine. It’s medicine in its many forms."

Opponents are concerned such a law would be easy to abuse.

"It's very difficult to regulate," Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer told WHAS11.  "The laws are vague. They're not well thought out. So, there's a host of issues that go with it aside from it not being proven."

"You have a lot of testimony on both sides of folks saying it makes me feel better or doesn't," Brewer continued.  "But in the end, there's never been any scientific evidence that this is a viable medicine for our illnesses."

Though Clark's bill has not progressed in the General Assembly, a different bill which would legalize the use of a medicinal oil derived from a marijuana extract has been filed by Sen. Julie Denton (R-Louisville).

Unlike medical marijuana which gives its users a drug "high," the cannabidiol has a much lower level of THC, the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.  Research shows the oil can significantly reduce seizures.

WHAS11 investigates the use of the cannabis oil, Monday night.

The WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass poll was conducted by Survey USA January 30-February 3, in partnership with WKYT-TV and the Lexington Herald-Leader.  The medical marijuana survey polled 1082 registered Kentucky voters.  The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3% for each total.

Click here for a detailed version of the poll.