Kentucky Senate President Open To Medical Marijuana On A Limited Basis, With Restrictions

Kentucky Senate President Open To Medical Marijuana On A Limited Basis, With Restrictions
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“I am working with others see how we could get to a ‘yes’ to take care of those who are at the end of life.” By Al Cross, Kentucky Health News State Senate President Robert Stivers (R) suggested Monday night that he might be willing to approve medical marijuana in Kentucky on a very limited basis, to relieve patients’ pain at the end of their lives. But he cast fresh doubt on whether relief actually comes from cannabis, or rather from expectation that it will. “I am working with others see how we could get to a ‘yes’ to take care of those who are at the end of life,” Stivers said on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight.” It was the first sign of compromise on the issue from Stivers, who has been the major obstacle to medical-cannabis bills passed by the state House. “I’ve seen family members go through cancer treatments; in no way do I want to be unsympathetic,” Stivers said as he began discussing the issue. After repeating his desire to see more research on it and making other points, he said the use of cannabis in palliative care can easily be defended under the old “choice of evils” principle of English common law. In such cases, “I don’t think you would ever be arrested; I don’t think you would be convicted,” he said. A Manchester attorney, Stivers briefly noted without explanation a National Geographic story published online January 6. It cited a study that found “67 percent of the relief from pain reported by people treated with cannabinoids was also seen among those who received a placebo,” Meryl Davids Landau wrote for the magazine. “This suggests that the pain reduction was not due primarily to compounds found in cannabis but to people’s expectations that it would help. And…

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