Kentucky

Fri
24
Jan

Kentucky will continue hemp program as pilot for a year

Kentucky's Department of Agriculture will continue operating its hemp program as a research pilot program for another year before transitioning to a commercial program, the agency said.

Congress gave state agriculture departments the option to continue pilot programs before submitting plans to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said Tuesday in a news release.

“After much discussion with industry stakeholders in Kentucky, I determined our state will operate our current hemp program for another year as we responsibly make plans to take Kentucky’s hemp industry into the next phase in 2021 and beyond,” Quarles said.

Thu
02
Jan

Red State Recreational Marijuana: It's Now A Possibility In Kentucky

In an era of political polarization, the legalization of recreational marijuana has fallen for the most part along blue state-red state lines. That is, blue states do it and red states don’t. But that could potentially change with Kentucky.

A Kentucky lawmaker has filed legislation that would create a legal recreational cannabis system in the state. A driving force behind the proposal is to use taxes generated from cannabis sales to fund the retirement system for state employees, as well as the state teachers’ retirement fund.

Tue
31
Dec

USDA Approves First State Hemp Plans

Three state hemp plans have been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture so far – and what’s surprising is the state that isn’t among them.

State and tribal hemp production plans that are pending approval or have been approved can be found here. Last updated on December 27, the states to get a green light at this point are Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain welcomed the approval.

Thu
19
Dec

Proposed legislation would legalize recreational marijuana in Kentucky

A Kentucky legislator has pre-filed a bill that would legalize marijuana and use some of the tax and licensing proceeds to bolster public pensions.

Rep. Cluster Howard's legislation would govern the home use and commercial sales of the drug, according to a news release from the House Democratic Caucus.

His bill would also decriminalize possession of less than one ounce of cannabis and provide free expungements for those convicted of a marijuana-related misdemeanor.

Wed
18
Dec

Kentucky Lawmaker Pre-Files Bill to Legalize Pot, Plans to Use Taxes for Pensions

Kentucky is generally one of the slower states to adopt progressive cannabis laws. Currently, recreational weed remains illegal. So does medical marijuana. In fact, Kentucky is one of the 17 last states to implement some form of legal medical marijuana program.

However, all of that could be changing. This week, a lawmaker in the state pre-filed a new marijuana related bill. If the bill passes into law, it would bring sweeping changes to the state’s currently very restrictive weed laws.

Mon
25
Nov

Hemp application period underway in Kentucky

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the state’s hemp licensing program for 2020 is underway.

Grower applications must be submitted by March 15 of next year. Processor applications may be submitted year-round. For the first time, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is hosting an online application portal on its hemp webpage. The department oversees the state’s licensing program.

Quarles says he’s expecting the hemp program’s momentum to continue next year. In 2019, Kentucky’s hemp industry had nearly 1,000 growers and an influx of processors.

Wed
13
Nov

DEA says Kentucky has the most illicit cannabis plants per capita in the Country

One of the 17 states that has yet to legalize recreational or medicinal marijuana is the site of some of the most Drug Enforcement Administration raids in the country. Last year, DEA officials seized and destroyed 418,076 cannabis plants in Kentucky.

But where Kentucky really stood out was the proportion of those plants to the state’s residents. A recent analysis by the American Addiction Centers found that the DEA had busted a hearty 9,356 cannabis plants per 100,000 people living in the state.

California had the second most per capita DEA busts, but at 4,572 plants per 100,000 state residents, it’s hardly keeping up with the Bluegrass State.

Tue
05
Nov

Kentucky may soon legalize medical marijuana

House Bill 136 is Kentucky’s best chance at legalizing medical marijuana. And after gathering momentum throughout 2019, it will be one of the first bills on the legislative agenda in 2020. State Representative Jason Nemes, the bill’s primary co-sponsor, is confident he has the support of enough of his colleagues in the Legislature to move the legalization measure forward with a full vote. Kentucky is one of just 17 U.S. states that do not authorize any medical use of marijuana.

Mon
21
Oct

Will Kentucky Legislators finally pass a Medical Marijuana Bill next year?

A lot of the focus when it comes to news about cannabis naturally goes to the states that have legalized adult-use and medical marijuana. But it’s important to remember that more than a dozen states in the U.S. still don’t have anything approaching a decent medical cannabis program.

Fri
04
Oct

CBD processor suing Oregon farm over seed dispute

A CBD producer based in Lexington, Kentucky, is suing an Oregon company, claiming they were sold “worthless” hemp seeds that ruined what would have been a multi-million dollar crop.

According to Elemental Processing of Kentucky, this crop was “destined to help fulfill the country’s booming demand for CBD”. As stated in a recent survey, one in seven Americans are currently using CBD therapeutically, and that number continues to grow. 

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