Kentucky lawmaker introduces bill downgrading personal possession of marijuana penalty

A bill introduced in the Kentucky General Assembly looks to make possession of marijuana for personal use subject to a non-criminal fine instead of a criminal offense.

State Senator Jimmy Higdon (R-District 14), introduced SB82 last week. Under the proposed law, a person 18-years-old or older would be able to possess one ounce or less of marijuana in plant form, 5 grams or less of marijuana resin/concentrate, or products containing 300 grams or less of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).


The details of Kentucky’s new medical marijuana bill have been revealed

Perhaps all Kentucky needs to move forward with medical marijuana legislation is a 78-year-old Republican lawmaker to admit he threw his prescription pain meds in the trash—and smoked a joint instead. Cannabis advocates are hoping that’s the case after Wednesday’s announcement of Kentucky’s House Bill 136, which would make cannabis legal for those with debilitating illnesses and excruciating pain.

“For those that don’t know, I had colon cancer seven years ago, and when I left the hospital, they gave me that nice bottle of Oxycontin,” said Daniel DeVerl “Malano” Seum, the state senator, at a press conference. “I threw it in the garbage can and went home and smoked a joint.”


Kentucky quickly submits its hemp oversight plan to USDA

Kentucky got off to a quick start toward putting its oversight strategy in place for hemp production on Thursday when its agriculture commissioner filed a plan with federal regulators — the same day hemp was legalized as a farm commodity.

State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles submitted the regulatory plan to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the same day President Donald Trump signed the new federal farm bill into law. The measure that cleared Congress removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances. It treats the low-THC version of the cannabis plant like any other agricultural crop. THC is the cannabis compound that gives marijuana its high.


Kentucky lawmakers warn more research needed before legalizing medical marijuana

Some Kentucky lawmakers are waving the red flag about medical marijuana. As the push to legalize medical cannabis catches fire, they said the effort needs to be more of a slow burn.

During a meeting of the Interim Health, Welfare and Family Services Committee, some legislators warned of the need for more research before Kentucky legalizes medical marijuana.

“Think of the snake oil remedies and the salesmen of the 1800s,” said Rep. Danny Bentley, a Republican from Russell.

Bentley, a trained pharmacist, introduced a resolution “calling for the expediting of research regarding the safety and efficacy of the use of marijuana for medical purposes.”


Cannabis will soon be grown in space to study effects of microgravity and benefits of medicinal use of marijuana

Scientists have been studying cannabis and learning the medical use of marijuana for some years now. While the medical application of marijuana is making legal in other countries another angle of studying on marijuana being available in the outer space.

Now that there are constant efforts to study how will human live and survive if the times comes to move to outer space, there are experiments conducted to grow some plants in space too. But now weed is all set to go in space and study the effects of zero gravity on cannabis cultivation.


'This is not a debate. This is about people in Kentucky who are hurting," says lawmaker fighting for medical marijuana

The time for debating the merits of medical marijuana is over, according to Kentucky Rep. Jason Nemes (R), who wants to legalize medicinal cannabis to help droves of patients in the Bluegrass State. "This is not some kind of a debate. This is about people in Kentucky who are hurting," Rep. Nemes told WDRB News recently, writes Calvin Hughes.


Kentucky: Mitch McConnell vows to introduce bill that would legalize hemp

Hemp is a versatile, renewable resource - but one that is difficult to grow due to legal constraints.

Now, a new bill could change that, writes Neil Bonner.

At a stop in his home state of Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his intention to introduce a bill that would make hemp legal as an “agricultural commodity”.

McConnell previously cosponsored the Industrial Hemp Farming Act in 2015.


Is home delivery for medical marijuana coming to Kentucky?

As Ohio's medical marijuana program begins to take shape, Kentucky lawmakers are crafting their own plans legalize the drug in the Bluegrass state.

A bill introduced earlier this year would allow Kentuckians with certain medical conditions who receive a medical order from a doctor to legally use the cannabis in multiple forms.

If passed, Kentucky would be the 30th state to pass laws legalizing cannabis in some form.


3 states that may legalize marijuana this year

When talking about the fastest-growing industries in North America, marijuana is often near or at the top of the list.

According to recently released data from cannabis research firm ArcView, in partnership with BDS Analytics, the legal weed industry in North America is projected to grow by a whopping 28% per year through 2021.

If accurate, the legal pot industry could be generating nearly $25 billion in sales by 2021.

It's an industry where favorability has shifted dramatically over a relatively short period of time, too.

In 1995, national pollster Gallup found that only a quarter of its survey respondents favored the idea of legalizing marijuana.


Kentucky lawmakers begin review of medical marijuana bill

Supporters of legalizing medical marijuana in Kentucky made their case to a legislative panel Monday, touting it as a safe alternative to highly addictive opioid painkillers.

The bill heard by the House Judiciary Committee would strictly regulate the introduction of medical cannabis, and would leave it up to cities or counties whether to allow it. The panel took no vote on the measure, and its chairman said the bill would come up again later.

Showing their pent-up demand for action, proponents packed the hearing and cheered when medical marijuana was touted as a viable option to help with chronic pain or certain diseases.


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