FRANKFORT — The state House Judiciary Committee plans a vote Tuesday on authorizing the use of medical marijuana for treatment of chronic pain, side effects of chemotherapy and conditions like multiple sclerosis.
The committee heard testimony Monday on House Bill 166, sponsored by Rep. John Sims, R-Flemingsburg, which would allow doctors to qualify patients as appropriate consumers of medical cannabis for a variety of ailments. His bill is the product of a task force convened by Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Sen. Stephen West, R-Paris, has filed a companion bill in the Senate — but the odds of passing either bill remain long in a conservative state and Republican majority legislature.
“This is not about marijuana,” Sims told the committee. “It’s about patients who have exhausted other remedies.”
Sims said 29 other states have legalized medical cannabis in some form which he said is effective in treatment of chronic pain, post traumatic stress, side effects of chemotherapy and other maladies.
Jaime Montalvo, a former emergency medical technician who has advocated for medical marijuana for several years, said the