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NBA’s Montrezl Harrell busted with three pounds of weed

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NBA forward Montrezl Harrell faces felony drug trafficking charges after Kentucky state troopers discovered three pounds of cannabis in a vehicle he was driving last month.

NBA forward Montrezl Harrell is facing felony drug charges after police discovered three pounds of weed during a traffic stop in Kentucky last month. Harrell, who plays for the Charlotte Hornets, was scheduled to appear in court to answer the charges filed in Madison County, Kentucky on Monday but the arraignment hearing has been delayed until next month, court records show.


While neighboring states open up to cannabis, Kentucky stays closed


Tourists come from far and wide to see the 15-foot Superman standing with hands on hips in the center of Metropolis, Illinois. The 6,000 person-town got its name about a century before the Man of Steel was conceived, but still, the city holds a Superman Festival every year to capitalize on its namesake.

Now, a new attraction has cropped up in the Ohio River city after Illinois legalized medical and recreational cannabis in 2020. People from around the region regularly line up outside Metropolis’ one dispensary, but out-of-staters still risk criminal penalties if they use or possess the drug back home, whether they bought it legally, or not.


Senate president skeptical on Kentucky medical marijuana. Is there still time to pass it?


For the second time in three years, the Kentucky House passed a bill last week to legalize and regulate medical marijuana in the state.

In 2020, the bill died in the Senate without even a committee hearing or vote.

Unless action is taken fast in the Senate Republican caucus, this year's bill could suffer the same fate.

With six legislative days remaining in the 2022 session, House Bill 136 from Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, has not yet been assigned to any Senate committee.

The Senate Judiciary committee, where the medical marijuana bill was housed in 2020, has its final regular meeting of the session Thursday with 13 bills on its agenda¬†‚ÄĒ excluding HB 136, barring a swift change.


Kentucky marijuana legalization bill heads to Senate after House vote

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Whole-plant products would be allowed under the measure, but patients would be required to vape them.

A bill to legalize medical marijuana is headed to the Kentucky Senate, after the House of Representatives passed it on Thursday, Marijuana Moment reported.

Sponsored by Rep. Jason Nemes (R), the measure was approved in a 59-34 vote just a week after the Kentucky House Judiciary Committee gave it the green light.

A similar version of the bill did not pass the Senate in 2020 even though it soundly passed in the House. Nemes then reintroduced the legislation for the 2021 session, which also didn’t advance further.


Legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky

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Legislation is currently pending in Kentucky, House Bill 582, which seeks to establish a regulated medical cannabis program within the state.

If passed, the bill would allow registered qualifying patients to possess up to a thirty day supply of medical cannabis at their residence and a ten day supply on their person. The bill also permits delivery as well as reciprocity for visiting patients.

Current law in Kentucky does not permit any access to medicinal cannabis. A recent poll indicates that 90 percent of Kentucky residents support medical marijuana access.


Kentucky proposing to ban Delta-8 products could cost the state billions of dollars

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The Kentucky legislature is seeking to ban all forms of "intoxicating products" made from industrial hemp, such as delta-8 THC, a form of THC distinguished from the more common delta-9 THC found in cannabis plants, Hemp Today writes. (article originally appeared on Benzinga)

According to a¬†bill proposed this week, smokable hemp would also be prohibited by the law¬†‚Äď in the form of cigarettes or cigars ‚Äď as well as¬†smokeless products including chew or dip, whole hemp buds, hemp teas¬†and ground hemp flowers and leaves.


Kentucky marijuana legalization 2022: Kulkarni pushes to decriminalize cannabis

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The decriminalization and legalization of marijuana in Kentucky will improve the state's criminal justice system, Kentucky Rep. Nima Kulkarni said.

The lawmaker gathered with other proponents of the initiative Monday to push for action on the issue during this year's legislative session, WLKY reported.

Kulkarni, who noted that Kentucky is currently among the 14 states that have neither decriminalized nor approved the adult use of marijuana, introduced House Bills 224 and 225 on Jan. 5.

The former would decriminalize marijuana and expunge certain previous convictions related to the substance, while the latter would allow anyone aged 21 or older to possess, use, buy or sell up to an ounce of cannabis without criminal penalties.


Woman accused of giving alcohol, marijuana to minors arrested in Carlisle County

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The Carlisle County Sheriff's Office says a woman accused of giving marijuana and alcohol to two minors was arrested Tuesday. 

The sheriff's office says its investigation began when the Carlisle County School District contacted investigators regarding a threat the woman allegedly made against a student. Investigators later learned that there was no threat, and the report was the result of a miscommunication between a student and a staff member. 

However, the investigation into that report led authorities to charge the woman ‚ÄĒ 34-year-old Christin Cole¬†‚ÄĒ with multiple criminal charges regarding other alleged offenses.¬†


Could 2022 be the year Kentucky legalizes medical marijuana?

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The Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana in 2020, but it stalled in the Senate.

The Kentucky General Assembly convened for the first day of the 2022 legislative session Tuesday and legalizing medical marijuana in the Commonwealth is one issue that will likely be up for debate. 

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said he remains open to discussing the issue but personally has concerns about advancing legislation. 

Stivers said has seen studies about the therapeutic benefits of medicinal marijuana, but said the ones he’s seen have had small sample sizes or were conducted over a short period of time.


Gov. Beshear Talks Economic Success, Legalizing Marijuana, & Speculation of Presidential Run


Kentucky is ending 2021 on a high note. At least when it comes to the economy, according to Governor Andy Beshear.

The Bluegrass Governor told 44News, by the end of the year, new capital investments in the state will near $11 Billion. That is roughly double the annual investment Kentucky sees in a normal year.

That investment will create nearly 16,000 full-time jobs for Kentuckians and Western Kentucky will benefit from a portion of those new projects.

‚ÄúWhen you look at two of our biggest jobs and/or investments across the Commonwealth, this year, there is Pratt Paper in Henderson,‚ÄĚ Gov. Beshear told 44News Anchor Jessica Hartman. ‚ÄúI am so proud of this investment.‚ÄĚ


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