LEXINGTON, Ky., March 13 (UPI) -- The Kentucky Senate voted unanimously to allow state colleges to research the use of marijuana oil to treat severe cases of epilepsy in children.
The 38-0 vote Wednesday authorizes the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville the authority to study cannabis oil, Kentucky Public Radio reported.
Sen. Whitney Westerfield noted the medication, also called hemp oil, should not be confused with the illegal recreational drug, and added the bill should not be considered a first step in marijuana's legalization.
"Cannabidiol oil does not have any effects in terms of getting high, as people would normally associate with marijuana," said Sen. Julie Denton, who sponsored the bill. "This oil is given orally, under the tongue, and anecdotal evidence has shown that children who receive [it] have a dramatic decrease in the amount of seizures they have on a daily basis."
The bill now goes to the state House for review.