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Politics
7:01 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Medical Marijuana Bill Heads to Kentucky House

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FRANKFORT—The movement to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Kentucky made another leap forward on Thursday.

A House Health and Welfare Committee, packed to bursting with medical marijuana supporters, approved a bill that would legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. It passed by a 9-5 partisan line vote, with Democrats voting in support of the measure.

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Politics
8:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Kentucky Senate Committee OKs Cannabis Oil Bill

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Rita Wooton holds up her smartphone and plays a video: Her three-year-old son, Eli, clad in a diaper, writhes on a couch, his limbs twitching, his lips a pale shade of blue.

Eli has Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, or LGS, a rare neurological disorder that causes chronic seizures. Her son has suffered thousands of them, causing extensive brain damage, Wooton says.

A bill that would legalize the use of cannabis oil for medicinal purposes cleared on Wednesday a state Senate committee.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Bill Allowing Study of Cannabis Oil Proposed in Kentucky State Senate

Julie Denton
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A bill that would permit Kentucky universities to study and develop treatments using cannabis oil has been filed in the state Senate.

Cannabidiol is an ingredient found in the marijuana plant. It has an extremely low THC content, which means it doesn’t get its users high, and a growing body of research shows it can significantly reduce seizures, even in children with epilepsy.

State Sen. Julie Denton says that the cannabidiol found in strains of cannabis oil can save lives.

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Politics
6:52 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Kentucky House Members Hear Pleas for Medical Marijuana

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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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Politics
3:19 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Poll Shows Major Support for Medical Marijuana in Kentucky

A new poll shows 78 percent of Kentuckians support the legalization of medical marijuana, while others would be fine with widespread legalization. 

The Kentucky Health Issues Poll has conducted polling on a wide array of issues for the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky over the past few months, from a statewide smoking ban to health insurance coverage. 

Its latest poll  shows overwhelming support for medical marijuana in Kentucky. It also shows roughly one in four Kentuckians would be okay with legalizing pot even for recreational use.

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Politics
3:02 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

State Senator Perry Clark Lauds Hemp, Pot Poll Results

State Sen. Perry Clark rallies for medical marijuana bill
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State Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, is touting a Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll, which shows broad support for industrial hemp and medical marijuana.

The survey finds 65 percent of Kentuckians support hemp and 60 percent favor using the drug for prescription use. Clark filed a measure dubbed the "Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act" that would move cannabis to the list of prescription drugs to treat illnesses.

Supporters rallied for the proposal earlier this year, but it faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Clark says he hopes fellow state lawmakers are paying attention to national trends and the shift in public opinion among Kentuckians.

"Clearly we’re forming a cannabis majority in this nation. You know 19 states have legalized medicinal marijuana, at least two states have gone total recreational and eight other states have passed industrial hemp," he says. "It’s time for us to think forward and realize this is not the top problem that we’re having in Kentucky."

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Politics
6:16 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Medical Marijuana Supporters Rally in Frankfort

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FRANKFORT — Saying the push for industrial help may help their  cause in the future, supporters of a bill establishing a comprehensive system for medical marijuana in Kentucky rallied Wednesday in the Capitol Annex.

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Politics
9:20 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Medical Marijuana Supporters to Rally Wednesday in Frankfort

Perry Clark
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FRANKFORT — Advocates of legalizing marijuana for medical uses in Kentucky are rallying Wednesday afternoon  in the Capitol Annex.

Sen. Perry Clark, a Democrat of Louisville, has introduced Senate Bill 11 into the state Senate. If passed the bill, known as the Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act  would "establish a comprehensive system for medical marijuana in Kentucky." 

Clark said he expects that, in a conservative estimate, several hundred people could participate in the 1 p.m. rally.

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Politics
10:28 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Seum Shows Support For Felon Voting Rights, Medical Marijuana

Republican Kentucky state Senator Dan Seum of Louisville expressed some support for the idea of non-violent convicted felons receiving their voting rights back along with legalizing medical marijuana.

Under the state constitution, former felons must petition the governor to regain their right to vote.

Kentucky is one of three states that do not restore the right to vote for ex-convicts automatically, which has left seven percent of residents disenfranchised. A study conducted by The Sentencing Project found the law also leaves one in five African Americans without voting rights.

Seum says it is important to get former felons back into society and he will lobby fellow Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate while acknowledging the political barriers.

"The fear here is that you would be perceived to be easy on criminals, that’s the political fear," Seum told Pure Politics's Ryan Alessi. "And that's something of course, any opponent would use that against you."

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