LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – There was emotional testimony in Frankfort on Thursday, Jan. 9, in support of medical marijuana for the Commonwealth. Supporters of that legislation made their case before a group of Kentucky lawmakers.
Advocates discussed studies and facts surrounding marijuana as a therapuetical treatment for chronic illness.
Though Thursday's medical marijuana presentation was largely based on presenting facts to the house health and wellness committee, raw emotion had taken over by the end.
As parents of children with debilitating illnesses tearfully explained their fruitless struggles to find treatments to soothe their kid's pain; every one of them believes medical marijuana is their only option.
Eric Byrd and his wife Crystal packed up their lives and moved from New Liberty, Ky. to Colorado to get care for their son without risking arrest.
Medical marijuana advocate Josh Stanley is based out of Colorado, one of twenty states plus Washington D.C. to allow medical marijuana, his company develops strains of the cannabis plant geared towards therapeutic uses.
However, as is the fear with many opponents of medical marijuana, the discussion eventually turned to outright marijuana legalization.
Medical marijuana legalization was proposed and failed last year in Frankfort. Supporters say this year's proposal includes stricter regulations.
Whether or not legislation is passed in Kentucky, medical marijuana remains illegal on a federal level.
However, the federal government has said they won't challenge state's laws about it if the laws meet certain requirements.