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Kentucky: Sheriff's Office Asks Drug Dealers To Turn In Their Rivals


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Is it the American way? A sheriff's office in Kentucky is encouraging drug dealers to turn in their rivals, counting on old-fashioned greed to help them make arrests.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office on August 3 posted a flyer on its Facebook page, reports the Associated Press. "Attention Drug Dealers," the flyer, which features a marijuana leaf, reads. "Is your Drug Dealing Competition Costing You Money?"

"We offer a free service to help you eliminate your drug competition!" the flyer reads. "Report your Competition to Us!

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton claimed the post was funny, but the sheriff's department isn't joking.

At the bottom, people are asked to fill out information about the drug dealer they are reporting, including the dealer's name and vehicle.

"It is a great idea and hopefully spurs some more action on our tip line," posted the Franklin County Sheriff Facebook account.

The post had gotten 941 Facebook "Likes" and 3,079 shares as of Friday afternoon.

Sheriff Melton claimed he got the idea from the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office in Georgia.

Kentucky: Medical Marijuana Doubtful In Legislature Despite Popular Support


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he plans to file a bill in the upcoming General Assembly session to allow medical marijuana in the Bluegrass State, but he says its chances are slim.

Outright opposition to medicinal cannabis among lawmakers has softened, reports Gregory A. Hall at The Courier-Journal, but many lawmakers just haven't yet discovered the courage to vote for it.

"I think it's going to get some play this session; I don't know how much," said Stumbo (D-Prestonsburg).

The steady progress of medical marijuana legislation in other states is seen as increasing the likelihood for positive change in Kentucky. State residents expressed support for medical marijuana in Bluegrass Polls for the past two years.

Last session, timid lawmakers passed a no-risk "CBD-only" law that allows non-psychoactive cannabidiol oil to be used to control seizures. Two bills to allow broader medical marijuana use died, including one in the House that made it out of the Health and Welfare Committee before dying in the Judiciary Committee.

Kentucky: Senate Unanimously Passes CBD Cannabis Oil Bill


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

For the first time in history, the Kentucky Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill which would legalize the medical use of marijuana-derived CBD oil.

The oil, which is useful in controlling seizures, including those among children with uncontrollable epilepsy, is extracted from the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is not psychoactive, unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is responsible for the "high" from marijuana.

Senate Bill 124, sponsored by Sen. Julie Denton (R-Louisville) would allow the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville medical schools to conduct research and allow anyone enrolled in a U.S. FDA trial to be treated with CBD oil, reports Gregory A. Hall at the Louisville Courier-Journal.

"This is not a partisan issue; it's a people issue," Sen. Denton said, reports Theo Keith at WAVE3 News. "During the session, there's been a lot of education going on."

Kentucky: Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced In House


Legislation would allow people with debilitating medical conditions to access and use medical marijuana without fear of arrest

Similar bill already introduced in Senate

A bill that would allow seriously ill Kentuckians to use medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation was introduced in the House of Representatives last week. The “Cannabis Compassion Act,” or HB 350, was introduced by long-time lawmaker and registered nurse Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville). It is very similar to SB 43, which was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Perry Clark (D-Louisville) earlier this year.

The bill is the first effective medical marijuana bill ever to be introduced in the Kentucky House of Representatives. HB 350 would allow patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), HIV/AIDS, and other serious conditions to use medical marijuana with a recommendation from their doctor.

Patients and caregivers would be able to possess up to three ounces at a time and grow up to 12 plants per patient. The bill would also establish safety compliance facilities and would permit one medical marijuana compassion center for every 100,000 residents to ensure safe and reliable access for patients.

Kentucky: Lawmaker Says Cannabis Oil More Likely To Get Support


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

A Republican state senator in Kentucky on Wednesday said that state lawmakers should look at whether oil extracts from marijuana can provide medicinal benefits.

Measures to legalize cannabis oil stand a much better chance of passing the Legislature than bills to legalize medical marijuana as a plant, said Sen. Julie Denton (R-Loiuisville), who chairs the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, reports Mike Wynn at The Courier-Journal.

"People need to get comfortable with something that they don't feel threatened by, that they can understand and that they can support rather than going from 0 to 60 all in one fell swoop," she said. (I would suggest to Sen. Denton that her job is to educate her constituents, rather than dumb-down legislation so as not to alarm them.)

The committee heard nearly an hour's worth of testimony from advocates who said the cannabis plant (and its oils) can treat medical conditions ranging from epilepsy to diabetes.

Sen. Denton said that cannabis oil is more likely to win support in this year's session because of its low levels of THC, the primary psychoactive component in marijuana. (She has evidently heard about CBD oil, and has incorrectly assumed that all cannabis oil is CBD oil, but of course there is also THC oil and full-extract oil which contains all the cannabinoids).

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