POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– A woman in Powell County could become the face for state employees who need to use Cannabis to combat chronic pain or illness.
Shauna Staton is back behind the wheel of her Powell County EMS Ambulance and she couldn’t be happier about it. She has chronic pain, but that isn’t what put her out of work for four months. As a state employee, Staton lost her job because she uses CBD Oil for her pain.
Staton appealed and won, and now a new piece of legislation is set to go to the floor in Frankfort.
“Shauna’s Law” will give state employees protection when CBD is detected.
“The benefits far outweigh anything negative, and we just want the right to use it in our personal life, and get to work,” she said.
Adriane Polyniak and her family are perhaps the leaders in Central Kentucky when it comes to CBD Oil. They run the Kentucky Cannabis Company.
Polyniak says that Staton’s win is a win for everyone.
“Not a lot of people have that kind of grit and determination. and for that, we’re very thankful. and state employees across the state should be really thankful as well,” she said.
“Shauna’s Law” will be part of the next legislative session. Until then, Staton is just happy to be working and to be pain-free while doing so.
“Not many people go to work every day and love what they do,” she said.