Top Kentucky Lawmakers Open To Medical Marijuana But Sour On Governor’s Plan To Tax It

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Kentucky legislative leaders said in a recent joint interview that they’re open to considering legalizing medical marijuana during the state’s 30-day lawmaking session that kicked off this week, but legislators from both parties pushed back against a plan by Gov. Andy Beshear (D) that would impose a tax on the drug. “If you’re taking that approach, that it’s a money generator, then you’re not thinking about the medicinal or therapeutic value,” Senate President Robert Stivers II (R) said. Imposing a tax on marijuana genuinely intended for medical use, he added, would be “treating it differently than any other drug, which in and of itself is wrong.” Stivers, a longtime skeptic of medical marijuana, said he’s recently been convinced of THC’s therapeutic benefits in certain treatments, although he stopped short of supporting legalization this session. “I’m not opposed to it,” he said, “but I really think the lead—and I hate doing this—needs to come from the federal government.” “Let’s get the appropriate protocols and have the research and development like we’ve had this past year, with the vaccines for COVID-19,” Stivers added. “Just as we would with the Moderna, or anything else, let’s go through the study, let’s get blind samples, let’s make sure we’re doing it right.” Stivers and other top lawmakers, including House Speaker Dave Osborn (R), Senate Minority Floor Leader Morgan McGarvey (D) and House Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins (D), were speaking during an interview with Kentucky PBS station KET that aired Monday. The state’s House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a medical marijuana legalization bill last year, but Sen. Whitney Westerfield (R), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, stalled the bill in committee. The coronavirus pandemic broke out the same month, in March, and the Senate never returned to the measure. Senate Minority Floor Leader Morgan McGarvey…

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