State Rep. Wes Retherford acknowledges that he is not the likeliest person to propose legalizing a form of cannabis. But after reconnecting with a Marine Corps buddy with a sick child, the second-term Hamilton Republican experienced a change of heart.
“I’m still not for full-blown medical marijuana. I’m not for recreational marijuana. I don’t want kids getting stoned or anything like that,” Retherford said Wednesday. “But I see the cannabis oil has been shown to have some medicinal effect when other drugs haven’t done their jobs. It’s something worth having a conversation about.”
Retherford and eight other members of the state House introduced a bill this week that would legalize the prescription of cannabis oil to treat children with seizure disorders. Ten states now allow the use of the oil for children only.
The oil is made from a strain of the cannabis plant packed with cannabidiol, which works on the central nervous system to calm seizures, although the drug’s action is not well understood. That particular strain is low in tetrahydrocannabinol, which causes the cannabis high.
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