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Ky. House hears emotional testimony about medical marijuana

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Supporters of medical marijuana got a hearing today at the capitol in Kentucky -- but any support they may have had might have gone up in smoke at the mention of one word.

Recreational.

While supporters of medical marijuana presented compelling testimony before a House committee, it's clear lawmakers will need lots of convincing before any bill is passed. An overflow crowd packed a hearing room as Hill Hass of Lexington, Ky. told the story of her 4-year-old daughter, Silvi.

"She started having seizures at four days old," Hass said.

Hass says more than a dozen drugs have failed to help. She would like the option of medical marijuana products.

"For Silvi and all the others in our state who are suffering and out of options, you can help us create another option that might change our lives forever," Hass said.

Josh Stanley runs a legal clinic in Colorado that treats seizure victims using marijuana extracts.

"We are currently treating 300 children in Colorado -- 10 of which, shamefully so, have moved from Kentucky," Stanley said.

Eric Byrd's son is one of them.

"He actually communicates with us," Byrd said. "A parent that has never known the joy of that -- it's amazing."

But marijuana supporters may have overplayed their hand when they raised the issue of recreational use.

"At what point in time are we going to stop trying to legislate morality?" Stanley asked.

That set off alarm bells among lawmakers.

"For those of you who want to convince me that there is a medical benefit to cannabis, don't put the word 'recreational' use when you come and talk to me, because I do not believe in recreational use of marijuana," said Rep. Robert Benvenuti (R) of Lexington.

But for Ashley Farrow of Louisville, the arguments are lost. All that's important is the health of her son.

"If more people knew all of the good things about it, I don't think that there would be such a stigma," Farrow said.

Supporters of medical marijuana will be back next week to testify before a Senate committee.

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