Warren County drug czar says more research needed on medical marijuana

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- Earlier this week, a State House committee passed the latest attempt to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky. Yet, the executive director of the Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force says he is still opposed to it.

Warren County’s drug czar Tommy Loving tells WNKY legislators should not be the ones to decide what’s medicine. Rather, it should be left up to the FDA.

On Wednesday, the measure cleared the House Judiciary Committee on a 17-1 vote.

According to the Associated Press, the committee room was filled with advocates who have pressed for years to legalize medical marijuana for people battling chronic pain and debilitating medical conditions.

The bill that would also regulate medical marijuana now heads to the full house for a vote.

Loving believes more research is needed.

“Let’s look at science and not just anectodal stories and political polling to decide what’s medicine and what is not,” said Loving.

Backers of the bill predict it has enough support to pass the entire House, but faces an uncertain future in the Senate.