Medical Marijuana Bill Grabs Attention Of Doctors

"Nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. I think marijuana has a place in treating that particular kind of symptom."

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Bills referring to medical marijuana each currently sit in Kentucky's Senate and House separately. It's the house bill that has people talking. That's because it's the first time an effective medical marijuana bill has been introduced in the section of government; meaning the idea could be picking up steam.

House Bill 350 is designed for patients with serious illnesses to be able to obtain the drug with a doctor's recommendation. One Bowling Green pain specialist said if made legal it could provide effective treatment.

"Nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. I think marijuana has a place in treating that particular kind of symptom," said Dr. Ram Pasupuleti.

Others believe the idea of making it available medically, could lead to a whole lot more.

"This is the first big step in making marijuana legal. If you look at what's been done across the country that's exactly how this has happened," said Warren County Drug Task Force Director, Tommy Loving.

According to the Warren County Drug Task Force, 68% of teens who are in drug treatment are there for marijuana use. The group believes allowing the drug to be used medically would only allow more opportunities for abuse.

Physicians also believe though it may have benefits, they'd like to see more scientific studies done to prove that.

"In terms of relieving pain, I don't know exactly where marijuana stands. I know for a fact that opiates do relieve pain. There are scientific studies to prove that. Whereas, there are no scientific studies to prove that marijuana does in fact relieve pain," added Dr. Pasupuleti.

Marijuana is still federally illegal and listed as a Schedule 1 drug, which means it has no medical use and has a high potential for abuse. Until its category is changed, doctors admit it will be hard for them to prescribe the drug regardless of what decision is made in the Commonwealth.

House Bill 350 is still in its early stages. It has to pass committee before it can be voted on in the house. If it passes the house it will also still have to pass a vote in the senate.

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