3:54 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Families Of Sick Children Ask To Bring Cannabis Oil Into Tennessee

Gail Grauer, second from left, waits to testify in favor of cannabis oil with other families of children who suffer from seizures.
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Tennessee lawmakers are reopening the debate on medical marijuana for the year by taking on a bill that would allow one form – low-potency cannabis oil. Backers say the oil holds promise for treating kids who suffer from devastating seizures.

Gail Grauer’s granddaughter Chloe died shortly before Christmas from a neurological brain disorder. In a life that lasted barely three years, she suffered 75,000 seizures – many of which, Grauer believes, could have been prevented.

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4:21 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Hemp Oil Not a Source of CBD Which Could Be Used in Epilepsy Treatments

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An industrial hemp official is working to clear up some confusion about the plant’s oils and extracts and their uses as Kentucky researchers work toward finding uses for potential treatments with cannabidiol, or CBD.

Hemp Industries Association Executive Director Eric Steenstra says the non-profit trade group has received several calls from customers who have bought hemp oil at health stores and want to know if their purchase has CBD in them.

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3:10 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Cannabis Oil Law Hits Roadblock

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After passing the Kentucky General Assembly with unanimous support, a new law that would permit state public universities to research and prescribe medical cannabis oil is hitting a rough patch.

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7:05 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Cannabis Oil Bill Passes in the House

A bill permitting the research and medicinal use of cannabis oil to treat neurological disorders has cleared the Kentucky House.  Families with ailing children gathered into the House chambers to witness the vote on the bill.

“I feel like we’ve won the lottery. I never thought it would happen. I honestly didn’t.”

That’s Rita Wooton, overjoyed at the passage of Senate Bill 124, which will allow her son, Eli, to receive cannabidiol treatment at the University of Kentucky for his chronic seizures.

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6:06 am
Thu March 20, 2014

House Committee Greenlights Cannabis Oil Bill

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A House committee has advanced a bill that would permit state university hospitals to research and utilize medicinal cannabis oil to treat certain neurological disorders.

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4:34 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bill Allowing Study of Cannabis Oil Proposed in Kentucky State Senate

Senator Julie Denton (R-Louisville)
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A bill that would permit Kentucky universities to study and develop treatments using cannabis oil has been filed in the state Senate.

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.

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