By BRUCE SCHREINER and ADAM BEAM
February 12, 2019
STANFORD, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke about his support for legalizing medical marijuana in highly personal terms on Tuesday, telling a community forum that his teenage nephew died after fighting “a very hard battle with cancer.”
Asked about his stance on marijuana during the two-hour community event, the Republican governor said he would be “happy” to sign a bill that would make marijuana legal in Kentucky for medical purposes, but added that his support would depend on “how it’s written.”
“There is incredible medicinal value associated with cannabis,” Bevin said.
For patients who could benefit from medical marijuana, Bevin said: “They should have the ability to use a natural drug that exists to provide relief … when it is needed, where it can be prescribed and regulated as we would other such drugs.”
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