drugs http://wfpl.org en State Rep. Tom Burch: Laws Outlawing Marijuana Were 'Ill Advised' http://wfpl.org/post/state-rep-tom-burch-laws-outlawing-marijuana-were-ill-advised <p>A Democratic state legislator said he believes legalized medical marijuana in Kentucky is a matter of when, not if.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Still, Senate Republicans are concerned that people would use the drug for recreational purposes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Rep.Tom Burch said he remembers when the state outlawed marijuana—and he called it a mistake.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:54:24 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9599 at http://wfpl.org State Rep. Tom Burch: Laws Outlawing Marijuana Were 'Ill Advised' Kentucky House Members Hear Pleas for Medical Marijuana http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-house-members-hear-pleas-medical-marijuana <p>In 1994, Eric Crawford was rendered a quadriplegic following a traffic accident. Confined to a wheelchair, the Maysville resident says he has since developed glaucoma, and that his doctor told him that, while it could not be prescribed, marijuana could alleviate his pain.</p><p>But in the absence of legislation that would add Kentucky to the list of 20 states with some form of medical marijuana law, Crawford says he has to obtain his marijuana illegally.</p><p>Kentucky lawmakers are weighing a bill to legalize medical marijuana.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:52:23 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8191 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky House Members Hear Pleas for Medical Marijuana Kentucky Supreme Court Case Could Decide Scope of Attorney General's Powers http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-supreme-court-case-could-decide-scope-attorney-generals-powers <p>Floyd Grover Johnson was sentenced to 10 years in prison<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;on</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;multiple drug trafficking charges&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in Powell County.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:16:23 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7560 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Supreme Court Case Could Decide Scope of Attorney General's Powers Kentucky ACLU Criticizes Large-Scale Police Targeting of 'Low Level' Drug Suspects http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-aclu-criticizes-large-scale-police-targeting-low-level-drug-suspects <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky State Police embarked Friday on what officials are calling “the largest one-day drug round-up in agency history"—but the state ACLU suggests that the busts are misguided.</span></p><p>Dubbed “Operation Black Friday,” state police were targeting nearly 500 people were being &nbsp;targeted for arrest across the state on charges mostly related to drug trafficking,&nbsp;KSP spokesman Sgt. Richard Saint-Blancard said.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:55:07 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7408 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky ACLU Criticizes Large-Scale Police Targeting of 'Low Level' Drug Suspects Attorney General Eric Holder Gives Rand Paul, Kentucky Shoutouts in Announcing Sentencing Changes http://wfpl.org/post/attorney-general-eric-holder-gives-rand-paul-kentucky-shoutouts-announcing-sentencing-changes <p>Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday changes to how the federal government prosecutes and sentences &nbsp;people accused of nonviolent crimes, and he gave Kentucky a shoutout in the process.</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:33:43 +0000 Joseph Lord 6436 at http://wfpl.org Attorney General Eric Holder Gives Rand Paul, Kentucky Shoutouts in Announcing Sentencing Changes Tennessee Requiring Hospitals to Report Babies Born Addicted to Drugs http://wfpl.org/post/tennessee-requiring-hospitals-report-babies-born-addicted-drugs <p>A new study showing a major increase in Tennessee babies born addicted to drugs has prompted the state Health Department to require hospitals to report that information. A health department working group found the number of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS, has increased ten-fold over the past decade. NAS can result from a mother’s drug use, including alcohol and withdrawal drugs like methadone. Henry County Medical Center's Rhonda Carnell says it’s important for healthcare providers to know the signs.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Kentucky Public Radio's Angela Hatton 2804 at http://wfpl.org Tennessee Requiring Hospitals to Report Babies Born Addicted to Drugs Indiana Lawmaker Seeks to Reduce Marijuana Penalties http://wfpl.org/post/indiana-lawmaker-seeks-reduce-marijuana-penalties <p>An influential Indiana lawmaker says he'll introduce legislation that would reduce penalties on people found in possession of small amounts of marijuana.</p><p>Republican state Sen. Brent Steele of Bedford plans to introduce a bill next session that would make possession of 10 grams or less an infraction, rather than a criminal misdemeanor. Ten grams is equivalent to about one-third of an ounce or roughly enough to make 20 to 30 marijuana cigarettes.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 19:25:25 +0000 The Associated Press 1751 at http://wfpl.org Yarmuth Announces Federal Funding for Youth Drug Prevention Groups http://wfpl.org/post/yarmuth-announces-federal-funding-youth-drug-prevention-groups <p>Third District Congressman John Yarmuth has help secure $375,000 in federal funds to fight youth substance abuse.</p><p><span style="">The $375,000 in federal funding will be divided up among three different community groups that work to prevent drug abuse among teenagers and young adults in Louisville. The funding is part of a larger $76.7 million investment in the Drug-Free Communities Program, which was established in 1997 to help mobilize local individuals and organizations to prevent youth substance abuse.</span></p><p>Tomy Baker Molloy is coordinator for the Seventh Street Corridor PAL Coalition, which will get $125,000 of the grant. She says the funding is a needed investment that will help turn young people away from harm.</p><p>"It’s vital for our organization. We work in the Park Hill, Algonquin and Old Louisville neighborhoods where youth are typically disenfranchised and not so engaged," she says.</p><p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 19:20:05 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1546 at http://wfpl.org