Kentucky

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.

Thu
05
Nov

Kentucky advocates motivated by election results legalizing marijuana

On Election Day, neither a red or blue wave was evident across America, but a green one was something many in Kentucky had their eye on.

Voters in a number of states decided Tuesday whether to legalize marijuana for various uses.

Tue
27
Oct

Massive raid takes out illegal mail order weed ring that supplied nine states

A massive raid involving hundreds of investigators and 27 simultaneous search warrants in nine communities in Washington State has taken down an illegal weed-mailing ring based out of Seattle.

Wed
21
Oct

The Entire U.S. Hemp Fiber Industry Is One Factory In Kentucky

Here’s an almost forgotten fact: Henry Ford spent a lot of time and money during the 1930s building a car entirely of plastics derived from hemp. He refined hemp biofuel to fuel it just to demonstrate it could be done.

Tue
15
Sep

The FDA is killing Kentucky’s most promising crop

A year before the Declaration of Independence was signed, pioneers planted the first hemp crop at Clark’s Run Creek in Danville. Fast forward to 2018, which looked to be one of the most momentous years in the history of this storied crop. That’s because President Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill, and in doing so legalized hemp for the first time in 60 years.

It was a big victory for the commonwealth and for the man who delivered it, Senate Majority Leader McConnell. He had reopened the market for a crop that was cultivated by the great Kentucky statesman, Henry Clay.

Fellow Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) also hailed the bill for giving “certainty and predictability to rural America.”

Wed
03
Jun

960 Hemp Growers Licensed For Kentucky’s 2020 Hemp Season

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has licensed 960 hemp growers along with 150 hemp processors and handlers for the 2020 growing season so far.

The farmers will collectively grow up to 32,000 acres of hemp and the Department has also licensed 4.6 million square feet of greenhouse space for production.

However, not all the licensees will be growing this year – 157 have not requested growing sites, but intend to store hemp from last year’s harvest for sale this year. There may also be more processor licences yet to be issued – the Department is still waiting on completion of dozens of  related applications. Processors are a critical part of success in hemp operations and one of the reasons the USA had problems last year – there simply weren’t enough of them.

Fri
20
Mar

Kentucky Advances Two Hemp-Related Bills

Kentucky legislators are defining and redefining what’s allowed with regards to hemp products.

House Bill 593 calls for a creation of a new section in the Kentucky Revised Statute’s (KRS) Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act to establish labeling requirements for cannabidiol (CBD) products, including:

Mon
09
Mar

Which State Will Legalize Marijuana First In 2020: Kentucky, Ohio Or Indiana?

As with any bet, there is no sure thing. But, the following predictions are most likely how it will all go down. 

There has been a lot of discussion this year about legalizing marijuana in a few additional states across the Midwest now that Michigan and Illinois have joined the party. So far, three states — Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana — are looking at some options that could lead to new marijuana laws going on the books in 2020.

Thu
05
Mar

University of Kentucky Economist Offers Considerations for Potential Hemp Producers

As much uncertainty continues to swirl around the hemp industry, University of Kentucky agricultural economists remind producers to consider their personal risk tolerance, business contracts and all possible production scenarios before committing to grow hemp.

“This is still a developing industry that has long-term viability but is going through significant growing pains as it tries to find its footing and develop the infrastructure needed to support the industry,” said Tyler Mark, economist in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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