LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Take one small step at a time, or your efforts could go up in smoke: that was the message to supporters of medical marijuana on Wednesday.

Those pushing for passage of a medical marijuana bill took their case to the state Senate's Health and Welfare Committee. They once again touted the benefits of marijuana to those suffering from a variety of ailments.

But committee chair Julie Denton of Louisville told marijuana supporters they would be better off focusing their efforts strictly on cannabis oil, which appears to help those suffering from epileptic seizures.

"While you want to go from zero to sixty in three seconds, I don't think you're going to find a General Assembly who's going to be willing to do that," she told them. "And I don't think you've got a general public who's willing to do that. I think people need to get comfortable with something that they don't feel threatened by, that they can understand and that they can support."

But Sen. Perry Clark of Louisville, who has filed a medical marijuana bill, says he's not inclined to go slow. He says people who are suffering need help now.

The committee did not take a vote on Clark's bill.

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