Kentucky

Tue
20
Jul

Kentucky Hemp Association Furious Over Delta-8 THC Raids

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The Kentucky Hemp Association (KYHA) has made its stance very clear regarding recent police raids on hemp stores in the state.

The KYHA alleges State Troopers last week raided two lawful hemp retail stores, looking for Delta-8 THC products.

While Delta-8 THC is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in cannabis, it is only present in very small quantities. But it can be created through the manipulation of cannabidiol (CBD) derived from hemp. The increasing popularity and availability of delta-8 is causing headaches for industry, lawmakers and law enforcement.

KYHA says the troopers seized “hemp products, money, cameras, terrorized the store owners and charged their employees with trafficking.”

Wed
23
Jun

Why some Ky. hemp growers say they're leaving money on the table

On a farm in southeastern Kentucky, inside a pristine greenhouse, you’ll find row after row of hemp, or "Cannabis sativa L.” 

 

It has a high level of cannabidiol, or CBD, and a very low level of the compound tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, this is the compound that makes people high. 

David Jaggers is the director of cultivation for Buffalo Skull Ranch Greenhouse, which started operating in March of 2020.

"Kentucky law allows for hemp to be grown up to 0.3% THC," he said. "After that, it’s considered marijuana and it gets destroyed." 

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture tests the hemp grown there, he said. 

Wed
16
Jun

States Move To Ban Delta-8 THC

An increasing number of states are banning Delta-8 THC as federal regulators verify its legality.

Delta-8 THC has become very popular, prompting more jurisdictions to restrict access to the commodity, which is often generated from hemp extracts.

Varying Responses

To limit market access, outright restrictions are being implemented and measures to prohibit the products are being considered.

According to U.S. Hemp Authority President Marielle Weintraub, states will continue to restrict Delta-8 THC and other products like it because the cannabinoid is classified as a restricted narcotic under federal law.

Fri
14
May

Before Kentucky legalizes, let’s weed through the inconsistencies of medical marijuana

In summer 2018, I was a fourth-year pharmacy student sifting through medication lists of my surgical patients at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital when I noticed a common theme on medication lists: CBD oil. It sparked my interest to research CBD vs. THC and the progression of legalizing marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes in different parts of the country. The overall findings were unsettling to me. However, I quickly moved on to the next rotation and put it in the back of my mind.
Tue
23
Mar

Policy changes ruled in favor of Kentucky's hemp growers

 
Fri
19
Mar

Kentucky To Submit New State Hemp Plan To USDA

The US state of Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner says the USDA’s final rule for hemp is a big improvement on the interim version.

Kentucky is among the U.S states still overseeing its hemp sector under provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill, after it had its 2018 Farm Bill-based state plan knocked back by USDA. It was quite a blow for the state given the amount of work Kentucky put into hemp’s return and it being the first cab off the rank to submit a plan to the USDA.

Thu
04
Mar

These 4 Red States Could Go Green In 2021

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Legalization could mean millions of dollars for the states as the growth of the supply chain will open multiple opportunities.

The growth of medical marijuana has seen the trend of legalization and opening of new markets prevalent in recent years. Some states that were not leaning towards legalization have greater chances of success this year. More importantly, there is a big possibility for four traditionally red states to make the move to allow medical marijuana programs: Alabama, Kansas, Kentucky, and South Carolina.

Wed
27
Jan

This Kentucky Senator is Challenging the Federal THC Limit in Hemp

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Just one day before the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its final rule on hemp, Kentucky Senator Adrienne Southworth introduced legislation in the state to increase the allowable amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in hemp to 1%.

While the USDA’s final rule maintains its 0.3% THC limit, Southworth, who assumed office Jan. 1, is hoping that may still change at the federal level. And if it doesn’t, she’s hoping Kentucky can lead the charge in helping other states make the change at a local level.

Mon
11
Jan

Medical marijuana proposals eyed in Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina

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State legislators in Alabama, Kentucky and South Carolina have filed or pre-filed bills establishing such medical marijuana programs, according to a Reckon report.

These states would join Mississippi, the latest state to adopt a medical cannabis program, making it the 35th state to legalize medical cannabis.

In Alabama, state Sen. Tim Melson plans to file a medical cannabis bill similar to the one he filed in 2020.

This will be the third year Melson has presented a medical cannabis bill in the state legislature.

Fri
18
Dec

Rand Paul introduces bill to boost hemp THC limits

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The bill would raise THC limits from 0.3 per cent to one per cent.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul introduced a bill on Tuesday that could raise the THC limits on industrial hemp in the U.S. from 0.3 per cent to one per cent.

In a statement, Paul said conversations with Kentucky hemp farmers and processors informed the Hemp Economic Mobilization Plan (HEMP) Act of 2020.

Currently, any hemp crops that test above 0.3 per cent must be destroyed.

Historically, Kentucky has been the U.S.’s leading hemp producer, though production was mostly banned for nearly 45 years following federal policies introduced in 1970.

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