marijuana 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' Cannabis Oil Bill Heads to Kentucky House http://wfpl.org/post/cannabis-oil-bill-heads-kentucky-house <p>A House committee has advanced a bill that would permit state university hospitals to research and utilize medicinal cannabis oil to treat certain neurological disorders.</p><p>Judging by the reception that Senate Bill 124 has received in its short lifespan in Frankfort, Rita Wooton likely won’t have to risk jail time in order to alleviate her son’s pain.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:13:47 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8919 at http://wfpl.org Cannabis Oil Bill Heads to Kentucky House Cannabis Academy Workshops on Marijuana Business Coming to Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/cannabis-academy-workshops-marijuana-business-coming-kentucky <p>A company that aims to help budding entrepreneurs learn the marijuana business is bringing its classes to Kentucky.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.hellocomfytree.com/">Comfytree Cannabis Collective</a> anticipates that recreational or medical marijuana will become legal in more states in the coming years. Legislation to allow medical marijuana in Kentucky <a href="/post/kentucky-house-members-hear-pleas-medical-marijuana">has been proposed, </a>but isn’t likely to pass this year.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:26:49 +0000 Colleen O'Leary 8128 at http://wfpl.org Cannabis Academy Workshops on Marijuana Business Coming to Kentucky 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 Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad Discusses Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrest http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-metro-police-chief-steve-conrad-discusses-racial-disparity-marijuana-arrest <p>Racial disparities in marijuana arrests have more to do with the neighborhoods where Louisville Metro Police focuses its attention than with race, Chief Steve Conrad says.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:18:38 +0000 Joseph Lord 7873 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad Discusses Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrest Fewer Kentucky Students Abusing Drugs, but Marijuana And Meth Declines Are Less Sharp http://wfpl.org/post/fewer-kentucky-students-abusing-drugs-marijuana-and-meth-declines-are-less-sharp <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Drug use is declining among Kentucky students, but marijuana and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">methamphetamine usage isn&#39;t declining as much as prescription pills and other abused drugs, a new study says.</span></p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 17:17:13 +0000 Devin Katayama 7097 at http://wfpl.org Fewer Kentucky Students Abusing Drugs, but Marijuana And Meth Declines Are Less Sharp Ag Commissioner: Business Interest in Kentucky Industrial Hemp Stronger Than Study Suggests http://wfpl.org/post/ag-commissioner-business-interest-kentucky-industrial-hemp-stronger-study-suggests <p>Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says the economic case for industrial&nbsp;hemp remains strong, despite a new study that paints a mixed picture.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">James Comer says he still has high hopes for the crop, following the&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">release of the University of Kentucky study that says the legalization&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of hemp wouldn't immediately produce the thousands of jobs some supporters</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> have predicted.</span></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:53:18 +0000 Kevin Willis|Kentucky Public Radio 6612 at http://wfpl.org Ag Commissioner: Business Interest in Kentucky Industrial Hemp Stronger Than Study Suggests Report: Ky. African-Americans Six Times Likelier to be Arrested for Marijuana Possession http://wfpl.org/post/report-ky-african-americans-six-times-likelier-be-arrested-marijuana-possession <p>In a disparity topped by only four other states and the District of Columbia, Kentucky African-Americans are six-times likelier&nbsp;to be arrested for marijuana possession than Caucasians, said a new study from the American Civil Liberties Union.</p><p>But African-Americans are only slightly more likely than Caucasians to use marijuana—14 percent to 11.6 percent, the study said.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 17:14:58 +0000 Joseph Lord 5644 at http://wfpl.org Report: Ky. African-Americans Six Times Likelier to be Arrested for Marijuana Possession Noise and Notes: Not-So-Super PAC Progress Kentucky, Yum Center Woes, 'Cannabis Majority' http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-not-so-super-pac-progress-kentucky-yum-center-woes-cannabis-majority <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F81571212" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Louisville-based super PAC Progress Kentucky made national news this week when <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/liberal-super-pac-goes-after-mitch-mcconnells-chinese-wife">WFPL broke the story of them attacking Senator Mitch McConnell’s wife</a> based on her Asian heritage.</p><p>Leaders with the group have apologized—twice, but just about every Democrat has denounced them or kept their distance, and <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/mitch-mcconnell-criticizes-group-tweet-wife">McConnell has pounced on the comments</a> since returning home.</p><p>Even the senator's harshest critics have cried foul.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130302/OPINION01/303020053/Forum-Flash-Dirty-politics"><em>The Courier-Journal</em></a>:</p><blockquote><p>This is no way to defeat McConnell. If anything, it does what McConnell cannot do for himself. It remarkably casts him in a sympathetic light.</p></blockquote><p>But some observers have pointed out Progress received sparse coverage from the local media to being with while getting plenty from national outlets. Sun, 03 Mar 2013 03:42:47 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 4296 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: Not-So-Super PAC Progress Kentucky, Yum Center Woes, 'Cannabis Majority' 'We've Got Bigger Fish To Fry' Than Going After Pot Smokers, Obama Says http://wfpl.org/post/weve-got-bigger-fish-fry-going-after-pot-smokers-obama-says It looks like the feds will not be worrying much about those folks who choose to smoke pot in Colorado and Washington state, where <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/12/05/166583697/as-two-states-legalize-pot-tommy-chong-isnt-nostalgic-about-the-old-days" target="_blank">new laws decriminalize</a> possession of small amounts of marijuana.<p>"We've got bigger fish to fry," <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/president-obama-marijuana-users-high-priority-drug-war/story?id=17946783#.UMs4c6Dn_XU" target="_blank">President Obama tells ABC News' Barbara Walters</a> during an Fri, 14 Dec 2012 16:07:22 +0000 Mark Memmott 2968 at http://wfpl.org 'We've Got Bigger Fish To Fry' Than Going After Pot Smokers, Obama Says