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Supporters of medical marijuana in Kentucky are once again taking their efforts to Frankfort.

Advocates briefed lawmakers in the House Health & Welfare Committee Thursday on the medical benefits of marijuana. They say it can alleviate symptoms of multiple illnesses.

Josh Stanley works at the Colorado-based “Realm of Caring,” a non-profit that cultivates strains of marijuana for medical use. He told lawmakers that his company has developed a low-potency strain that can be used to treat epilepsy in children, and that Kentucky families have moved to his state to use this product.

“For a parent to stand across an invisible border and a boundary that we call a state and watch other children get well, and know that there’s nothing they can do for their child because they live in Kentucky, or they live in Kansas, it’s unacceptable. Something has to happen in that regard.”

Committee member Rep. Robert Benvenuti voiced opposition to the idea, saying that he was skeptical of the science.

A new poll shows 78 percent of Kentuckians support the legalization of medical marijuana, while others would be fine with widespread legalization.

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.

Its latest poll  shows overwhelming support for medical marijuana in Kentucky. It also shows roughly one in four Kentuckians would be okay with legalizing pot even for recreational use.

Only 38 percent oppose legalizing marijuana for any reason at all.

Foundation CEO Susan Zepeda was surprised by the results.  She says marijuana still poses some health risks, even if it's used for medical purposes.

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A new Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll shows strong support for the legalization of both industrial hemp and medical marijuana.

Efforts are underway in the current Kentucky General Assembly on both those fronts. The industrial hemp bill has been the subject of much attention recently, with Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, and U.S. Representatives John Yarmuth and Thomas Massie testifying in Frankfort on behalf of the effort.

Gov. Steve Beshear, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, and numerous Kentucky law enforcement groups oppose hemp legalization, however, making the bill a long-shot to pass this session.

According to the new poll, nearly two-thirds of Kentuckians--65 percent--favor legalizing industrial hemp, with 22 percent opposed and 13 percent unsure.

The same poll shows 60 percent of Kentuckians support legalizing medical marijuana for prescription use.

A Radcliff man has been indicted for complicity to commit trafficking in medical marijuana that investigators believe was being shipped to Kentucky from Colorado and California.

The Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force arrested 35 year old Henry Butler last month at his home. He was indicted by a grand jury last week. According to court documents, the U.S. Postal Service seized about $14,000 in cash that Butler was mailing to California.

A Kentucky Senator is unveiling legislation Thursday that would make medical marijuana legal in the Bluegrass State. Louisville Democrat Perry Clark's bill would make marijuana a schedule two drug, meaning it would be recognized as having legitimate medical purposes, while still being somewhat restricted.

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