4:54 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

State Rep. Tom Burch: Laws Outlawing Marijuana Were 'Ill Advised'

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A Democratic state legislator said he believes legalized medical marijuana in Kentucky is a matter of when, not if.

Still, Senate Republicans are concerned that people would use the drug for recreational purposes.

State Rep.Tom Burch said he remembers when the state outlawed marijuana—and he called it a mistake. 

“I was here when we criminalized the use of marijuana back in the '70s," said Burch, a Louisville Democrat. "It was a rush to, you know, get these criminals off the street, and all this kind of stuff that was going on.

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10:13 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Cannabis Oil Bill Heads to Kentucky House

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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.

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.

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Local News
4:26 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Cannabis Academy Workshops on Marijuana Business Coming to Kentucky

A company that aims to help budding entrepreneurs learn the marijuana business is bringing its classes to Kentucky.

The Comfytree Cannabis Collective anticipates that recreational or medical marijuana will become legal in more states in the coming years. Legislation to allow medical marijuana in Kentucky has been proposed, but isn’t likely to pass this year.

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6:52 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Kentucky House Members Hear Pleas for Medical Marijuana


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.

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.

Kentucky lawmakers are weighing a bill to legalize medical marijuana.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad Discusses Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrest

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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.

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Local News
1:17 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Fewer Kentucky Students Abusing Drugs, but Marijuana And Meth Declines Are Less Sharp

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Drug use is declining among Kentucky students, but marijuana and methamphetamine usage isn't declining as much as prescription pills and other abused drugs, a new study says.

The 2012 Kentucky Incentives for Prevention (KIP) School Survey shows multi-year declines in the following areas surveyed: alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, cocaine, prescription drug, speed, tranquilizers, ecstasy, gambling.

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Local News
5:53 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Ag Commissioner: Business Interest in Kentucky Industrial Hemp Stronger Than Study Suggests

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Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says the economic case for industrial hemp remains strong, despite a new study that paints a mixed picture.

James Comer says he still has high hopes for the crop, following the release of the University of Kentucky study that says the legalization of hemp wouldn't immediately produce the thousands of jobs some supporters have predicted.

Comer maintains there is big interest in hemp among many U.S. companies.

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Local News
1:14 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Report: Ky. African-Americans Six Times Likelier to be Arrested for Marijuana Possession


In a disparity topped by only four other states and the District of Columbia, Kentucky African-Americans are six-times likelier to be arrested for marijuana possession than Caucasians, said a new study from the American Civil Liberties Union.

But African-Americans are only slightly more likely than Caucasians to use marijuana—14 percent to 11.6 percent, the study said.

In Jefferson County, African-Americans were 3.5 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession—close to the national average of 3.7 times more likely.

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10:42 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Noise and Notes: Not-So-Super PAC Progress Kentucky, Yum Center Woes, 'Cannabis Majority'

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The Louisville-based super PAC Progress Kentucky made national news this week when WFPL broke the story of them attacking Senator Mitch McConnell’s wife based on her Asian heritage.

Leaders with the group have apologized—twice, but just about every Democrat has denounced them or kept their distance, and McConnell has pounced on the comments since returning home.

Even the senator's harshest critics have cried foul.

From The Courier-Journal:

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.

But some observers have pointed out Progress received sparse coverage from the local media to being with while getting plenty from national outlets.

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The Two-Way
11:07 am
Fri December 14, 2012

'We've Got Bigger Fish To Fry' Than Going After Pot Smokers, Obama Says

A woman, identified only as "Hurricane," lights up in Seattle. Washington state's law legalizing the recreational use of marijuana went into effect on Dec. 6.
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Originally published on Fri December 14, 2012 9:57 am

It looks like the feds will not be worrying much about those folks who choose to smoke pot in Colorado and Washington state, where new laws decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

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