DEA Data Show Kentucky Has Highest Rate of Illicit Marijuana Plants in US

Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 | Author: ProCon.org

Kentucky, where both recreational and medical marijuana are illegal, grows more illicit marijuana plants per 100,000 people than any other state, according to DEA data analyzed by American Addiction Centers. In 2018, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) eradicated 418,076 cannabis plants in Kentucky, about 9,356 plants per 100,000 people.
California, which legalized medical marijuana in 1996 and recreational marijuana in 2016, came in second place with 4,572 illegal cannabis plants per 100,000 people. The DEA confiscated over 1.8 million marijuana plants in the state last year.
Massachusetts and Wyoming tied for last place with zero cultivated plants seized by the DEA in 2018. Wyoming has not legalized marijuana, but Massachusetts legalized medical marijuana in 2012 and adult-use (also called recreational) cannabis in 2016.
Across the United States, the DEA seized 2.82 million cannabis plants in 2018, down from 3.38 million plants in 2017.
Kentucky also earned first place in the number of destroyed illegal grow sites in the country. 15 grow sites per 100,000 people were destroyed in Kentucky, more than double the next-highest state, West Virginia (7.4 per 100,000 people). West Virginia legalized medical marijuana in 2017 but has not legalized recreational use.
Delaware, DC, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming all had zero grow sites destroyed per 100,000 people. Except Wyoming, each of those states and DC have legalized medical marijuana, and 3 states and DC have legalized recreational use: Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont.
Despite not having any plants seized, Wyoming bulk-processed the most marijuana at 1,095 pounds per 100,000 people, 46.8% more than the next highest state, Arizona, which had 746 pounds per 100,000 people. Arizona legalized medical marijuana in 2010. American Addiction Centers theorized that the marijuana being bulk-processed in Wyoming might come from nearby states that have legalized marijuana, such as Colorado.
Delaware, DC, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Vermont bulk-process the least amount of marijuana (0 pounds per 100,000 people). Among those states, only South Dakota and Tennessee have not legalized marijuana for medical use. Three of those states and DC also have recreational marijuana: Illinois, Maine, and Vermont.
The DEA’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program seized $52,308,982 in assets related to illicit cannabis plants last year.
33 states and DC have legal medical marijuana, and 11 states and DC have legal recreational marijuana.
Read what the 2020 candidates think about recreational marijuana legalization on our 2020 election site.

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On Tuesday, November 5th, WE Must Be The Change In Kentucky! Vote HICKS/CORMICAN! This Is Why…

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On Tuesday, November 5th, the most important election in Kentucky in many years is about to happen!

I am not here to argue with anyone.  I am here to present the facts and my opinion as I see it.

Therefore,

First of all, you must vote to see change!  If you are eligible to Vote and are registered to do so – You must VOTE!  It is your Civic Duty.  And if you are eligible to vote but did not register, shame on you!

IF you want a change in your Government, you have to vote for the people who will CHANGE the way things are being done in           Kentucky!

You CANNOT vote for a Democrat or Republican and expect anything to change – only to get worse!  So if that is what you want, then go for it!

Otherwise, BE THE CHANGE that Kentucky must have in order to succeed!  John Hicks and Ann Cormican – Libertarian are running for the most important office in the State.  That is where we must start!  At the top!

On November 1st, Rep. Jason Nemes prefiled this years “medical marijuana bill” for Kentucky.  It will become House Bill 136 when the Session opens in January, and if it passes we will once again become Slaves to the system!  A few points on the Bill as written are:

*  Department for Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control to implement and regulate the medicinal marijuana program in Kentucky;

*  establish the Division of Medicinal Marijuana within the Department of Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control;

establish restrictions on the possession of medicinal marijuana by qualifying patients, visiting patients, and designated caregivers;

*  establish certain protections for cardholders;

*  establish professional protections for practitioners; to provide for the authorizing of practitioners by state licensing boards to issue written certifications for the use medicinal marijuana;

*  establish professional protections for attorneys;

* prohibit the possession and use of medicinal marijuana while operating a motor vehicle;

to prohibit smoking of medicinal marijuana;

* to permit an employer to restrict the possession and use of medicinal marijuana by an employee;

*  to require the department to implement and operate a registry identification card program; to establish requirements for registry identification cards; to establish registry identification card fees; to require the department to operate a provisional licensure receipt system; to establish the application requirements for a registry identification card; to establish when the department may deny an application for a registry identification card;

*  establish certain responsibilities for cardholders; to establish when a registry identification card may be revoked;

*  establish various cannabis business licensure categories; to establish tiering of cannabis business licenses; to require certain information be included in an application for a cannabis business license; to establish when the department may deny an application for a cannabis business license;

*  to establish rules for local sales, including establishing the process by which a local legislative body may prohibit the operation of cannabis businesses within its territory and the process for local ordinances and ballot initiatives;

*  establish technical requirements for cannabis businesses;

to establish limits on the THC content of medicinal marijuana that can be produced or sold in the state;

*  to establish requirements for cannabis cultivators, including cultivation square footage limits; to establish requirements for cannabis dispensaries; to establish requirements for safety compliance facilities; to establish requirements for cannabis processors; to establish procedures for the department to inspect cannabis businesses;

to exempt certain records and information from the disclosure under the Kentucky Open Records Act;

*  to establish that nothing in the bill requires government programs or private insurers to reimburse for the cost of use; to establish the medicinal marijuana trust fund; to establish the local medicinal marijuana trust fund; and to establish procedures for the distribution of local cannabis trust fund moneys;

*  create a new section of KRS Chapter 138 to establish an excise tax of 12% for cultivators and processors for selling to dispensaries; to require that 80% of the revenue from the excise taxes be deposited into the medicinal marijuana trust fund; to require that 20% of the revenue from the excise taxes be deposited into the local medicinal marijuana trust fund; amend KRS 342.815 to establish that the Employer’s Mutual Insurance Authority shall not be required to provide coverage to an employer if doing so would subject the authority to a violation of state or federal law;

Is this what you want?

The above is not all inclusive of the regulations, and they will no doubt change again when it is introduced in January.  Read the Bill!

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Please note that there are NO provisions for “smokable cannabis”, and NO mention of Children’s rights either.  There are NO provisions for growing your own plants, and this BILL in my opinion is being promoted for the Corporate/Pharmaceutical industry. 

Out of all the Bills previously submitted for “medical” or “adult use” Cannabis in Kentucky this is the worst one yet!  Do not fall for the legal lies which they are feeding you because they are preying on your fears for your Children’s needs, mostly.  The fact is, what M.D., is going to give you permission or a written statement that will give you the right to medicate your child with Cannabis?  The answer to that is virtually none, and if there was even one that WOULD do it there is no guarantee that you will be able to access that Physician!

The bill would prohibit the smoking of marijuana for medical purposes, but would allow other forms of consumption, such as edibles, oils and pills.  A 12% excise tax is proposed for cultivators and processors for selling to dispensaries.  LINK

I have consulted with several other Senior Activists in Kentucky over this issue and we all surmised basically the same opinions on the matter!  This is in NO way a repeal of prohibition of Cannabis and in no way will it ascertain our rights to this plant – medically or otherwise.  It is however, worth some $$$ to Corporate Ventures and Kentucky Government as it now stands!

In my opinion, for those parents who have seriously ill children in need of this medicine they need to consider moving to a honest medical cannabis State such as Colorado or elsewhere.  For those who are unable to do this due to financial situations we must set up a fund to enable them to do so.  I can honestly say that if it were my child that is exactly what I would do!  Not because I want to leave my home in Kentucky, but because my Childs life is more important and I would be compelled to do so, IF John Hicks and Ann Cormican are not elected. 

The “Undergreen Railroad” is one such organization.  I will look into this organization further, especially if Hicks/Cormican are not elected, because you all are going to need it!

Finally, we come to the third candidate in the governor’s race. Libertarian John Hicks. John is a Vietnam Era Army veteran, a former school teacher, and currently an IT consultant. He has a BA Degree in Political Science and History. He has never held political office, but ran previously for State Representative (District 43) in 2018. John is pro-life and believes government should stay out of personal issues.
John supports the legalization of marijuana, expanded gaming, and the development of hemp as sources of additional state revenue (better than raising taxes!). He also believes that the best way to compensate for budget shortfalls is to reduce the size of government and streamlining operations. Additionally, John Hicks supports election reform; specifically by introducing run-offs, using ranked choice voting, proportional representation, multi member districts which would end partisan gerrymandering.
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John Hicks IS qualified for the position of Governor, as he IS ONE OF US!  He will bring us liberty and fight for OUR rights as Kentucky Citizens!

We need to show the entire Country what Kentucky can do when faced with such a dire situation – It’s not just about Cannabis – It is about Liberty and  Justice for All!

Please make the right choice for our State, our Families, our Children, and our Country!

Do not condemn Our State once again!

God Bless You All

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11/3/2019

https://www.facebook.com/HicksForKentucky/

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https://www.facebook.com/jason.nemes.1/posts/3321913687848659

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https://legislature.ky.gov/Legislators/Pages/Legislator-Profile.aspx?DistrictNumber=33

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/20rs/prefiled/BR366.html?fbclid=IwAR1A_cH3LEwMDixbcMN1o5u5XrRB-gFQZM4qmAaZXrIZa9aYUjEjmeA4vgE

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https://www.wlky.com/article/kentucky-lawmaker-prefiles-bill-to-legalize-medical-marijuana/29669383?fbclid=IwAR2a8kMPicpnBgioaeKcHaEoYxiuBNGC3bzvwhGsb10DS7DoVeHIMu3wBD0#

http://www.ladybud.com/2014/01/14/the-undergreen-railroad-helping-patients-relocate-for-cannabis-access/

Randy Moore interviews candidate for KY Gov. John Hicks

Web Exclusive: Randy Moore interviews candidate for KY Gov. John Hicks

By Randy Moore | August 28, 2019 at 4:18 PM CDT – Updated August 28 at 4:18 PM

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) – We now have 14 News web exclusive interviews with all three candidates in the race for Kentucky Governor.

You know about Republican Governor Matt Bevin and Democrat Attorney General Andy Beshear, but you might not know much about Libertarian candidate John Hicks.

Hicks lives on the west side of Louisville. He is an I.T. specialist with experience as a public school teacher and community newspaper publisher and editor.

Hicks met with Randy Moore at the 14 News Owensboro studio.

He says with polarization going on with the Republican and Democrat parties, now is the the perfect time for the emergence of the Libertarian Party.

“The two party system just basically pits people against each other. It divides you up into two groups and makes you hate on each other. And that’s a way to keep people distracted so the powers that be that control these parties get their work done. I think people are beginning to see that and that’s why they are coming to the Libertarian Party,” said Hicks.

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FACEBOOK PAGE THIS LINK

KENTUCKY LIBERTARIAN PARTY THIS LINK

PLEASE JOIN US NOW AND BE THE CHANGE FOR KENTUCKY!  WE NEED SOMEONE WHO CARES ABOUT US, NOT THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS!  THIS MAY BE THE LAST CHANCE WE HAVE TO GET THIS RIGHT!  DON’T LET ANOTHER DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN SET US UP FOR FAILURE AGAIN!  DON’T BELIEVE THE LIES!

Will Kentucky’s Libertarians take advantage of the opportunities they have won in court and at the ballot box?

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Will Kentucky’s Libertarians take advantage of the opportunities they have won in court and at the ballot box?

Will they support their candidates by buying yard signs, promoting candidates on social media, attending events, or knocking on doors?

2019 presents the Libertarian Party of Kentucky (LPKY) with extraordinary opportunities to promote liberty and increase the Party’s reputation and membership. Federal Judge William Bertelsman effectively overturned bi-partisan Kentucky House Bill 114, which was intended among other things to eliminate all Libertarian’s from the ballot this year. The Judge called the actions of the Kentucky General Assembly and Governor Bevin, who signed the bill, “arbitrary and capricious”.

For the first time in Kentucky’s history all voters will see the name of a Libertarian candidate for Governor on every ballot. That kind of broad scale exposure is precious for a political party. John Hicks, Libertarian candidate for Governor, and his running mate, Ann Cormican for Lieutenant Governor, will expose Kentuckians to the fact that they are no longer limited to the bi-polar choices of the two big parties. The very same parties who unsuccessfully tried to silence Libertarians by manipulating the legislative process (HB 114).

Other Libertarian candidates who will appear on the statewide ballot November 5, 2019 include: Kyle Hugenberg, Auditor of Public Accounts, and Joshua Gilpin, Commissioner of Agriculture. Hugenberg is the only candidate for the position who is a degreed accountant and a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Gilpin is an experienced farmer and advocate for the cultivation of hemp.

Kyle Sweeney will appear on the ballot in Boone County. He is running to fill the position of Boone County Clerk that was vacated by the untimely death of Kenny Brown.

To support these candidates please make donations by visiting:

https://www.hickscormicanforkentucky.com/

https://lpky.org/

This is the time for Libertarians to show they are serious about participating in the political process.

The Libertarian Party of Kentucky is the third largest party in the state. It supports candidates who promote greater personal liberty for all, free markets, lower taxes, and less government spending.

Read more @ https://lpky.org/2019/08/07/opportunity-knocks/

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From the Desk of Dan Seum Jr.,

On Cannabis in Kentucky…

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DAN SEUM JR.,

From My Desk:

I have been advocating for cannabis reform in Kentucky for over 10 years. I advocated for Medical Marijuana for 6 of those years. After introducing multiple patients, expert testimony, filed bills, and trying to explain the ‘Molecular Structure of a Cannabinoid’ to legislators who are all but doctors or scientists, I am convinced that we are only going to win this cannabis conversation by claiming it is MY RIGHT TO DECIDE! The legislature has repeatedly asked “What is Medical Marijuana?”. NO ONE CAN GIVE A CONSISTENT ANSWER!!! That is because ALL CANNABIS USE IS MEDICINAL!!! Opponents of ‘medical’ marijuana have Repeatedly claimed that they would rather see Adult Use regulation opposed to calling marijuana medicine. Cannabis is a Plant..not a product produced in a petrie dish in a laboratory!

I have personally asked mayors and chiefs of police in Colorado if we in Kentucky should advocate for medical or responsible use first..All loudly warned us to write a full legalization bill claiming there is too much red tape in medical.

The desperation and frustration of many advocates and patients in Kentucky has brought me to tears many times, but has made my resolve to end this prohibition in Kentucky even Stronger! I am more afraid that the desperation of our advocates will force them to support a ‘medical’ bill that will be inadequate and cause more confusion. I was told to “Never write a Bill that I was not willing to walk away from’…I simply cannot support the ‘medical’ bills as being introduced in our General Assembly. It will take years to correct the same language that other states have already found to be inadequate in serving their constituents. We cannot let misinformed politicians take control and write our legislation!

My main concern is just how many cannabis consumers will be disenfranchised with this Limiting legislation? Already we have seen that only ‘qualifying symptoms’ will be approved for ‘medical marijuana’…Not only does this disqualify people in need, but it puts the costs of the Entire ‘medical’ industry on the backs of the FEW who do qualify! On top of that, the legislature wants to put Kentucky’s pension woes on the backs of the ‘medical marijuana’ recipients! The price of legal ‘medical’ cannabis will be out of reach for most! This has not worked in other states and will not work for Kentucky. If that is not enough, home cultivation has been eliminated from the ‘medical’ bill. (Keep in mind that Kentucky adults can ‘Home Brew’ 100 gallons of alcohol per year, 200 gallons if there is more than one adult in the household!).

Smoking has been eliminated from the ‘medical marijuana’ bill. I believe smoking cannabis is the best form of self regulation (for me). It has immediate effects and I can determine how much I want to consume ONE draw at a time…

It will take 2-5 years to get a ‘medical’ program operating after passage. in the meantime folks are still being criminalized for using cannabis for WHAT EVER REASON!!! People’s lives are being ruined with a cannabis conviction! We continue to face incarceration, fines, criminal records, and public scrutiny. Parents lose child custody, qualified employees are being denied jobs, public housing opportunities are diminished, and the list goes on and on!

We as Adult Responsible cannabis consumers need to unite against this barbaric prohibition. We need to stand for ALL CANNABIS CONSUMERS….
ADULT RESPONSIBLE USE…… MEDICAL…
HEMP……..

Over half of America live in a regulated state..We are Criminals if we consume in Kentucky! This must stop!

Join My Right To Decide and be a voice in Kentucky! Enough is enough!

Watch for the ‘Adult Responsible Use Act’ currently being revised!
* 21 and over
* Provisions for Dr/Minors
* Home cultivation 6/6
* Automatic Expungements for Cannabis Convictions up to
Class D Felonies
* Minority provisions for those interested in industry

I am over 21.
I pay taxes.
I help others in my community.
I don’t want to drink alcohol.
I don’t want pills.
Cannabis helps me.
IT IS MY RIGHT TO DECIDE!

Remember…WE are the people..Not They are the people..!

Dan Seum, Jr

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Statement from Gov. Bevin on Consequences of Purdue Pharma’s Bankruptcy for Kentuckians

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2019) – Gov. Matt Bevin today released the following statement about how Purdue Pharma’s bankruptcy filing will impact Kentuckians due to the Kentucky Office of Attorney General’s unscrupulous 2015 settlement:

“Kentuckians woke up this morning to find that they had once again been fleeced by the self-serving corruption of Steve and Andy Beshear and Jack Conway. The crooked $24 million settlement with Purdue Pharma is even more crooked than we thought. The Beshears and Conway carefully negotiated the settlement to ensure that the lawyers were paid $4 million in full, while the Commonwealth had to wait eight years to get its full payment. Purdue’s announced bankruptcy now jeopardizes the paltry remaining money that Kentuckians are due.”

The bankruptcy comes after the announcement that Purdue Pharma settled an opioid lawsuit with the state of Oklahoma for $270 million and had reached a tentative settlement with more than 20 states and 2,000 local governments (of which Kentucky was not a part) for approximately $12 billion.

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$5.3 Million in HepConnect Grants Announced

I received an email today from the Harm Reduction Coalition which outlines over Five Million Dollars in Grants which have been made available in several States, one of which is Kentucky.

Grants were awarded in two categories;  provide and educate.

Grantees will use funds to provide new or expanded harm reduction services for people who use drugs or to educate the community about harm reduction. Funding also supports staffing and creating positions, training, and support groups for people who use drugs. With more than 120 applications reviewed, the 44 projects awarded the 18-month funding allocation were selected by a committee of regional and national harm reduction experts, including people with lived experience.

Beyond funding support, the HepConnect Initiative will also include a regional team of four full-time staff, including the new Regional Director Dr. Orisha Bowers, who is located in Memphis, Tennessee. Three regional resource coordinators will be hired to support grantees and other groups and organizations with technical assistance, community mobilization, and site visits. Grantees represent local syringe access and harm reduction programs, public health departments, and other organizations working in their respective regions to expand access to harm reduction and support services for people who use drugs:

The following outlines how the Grants were dispersed:

Indiana Grantees ($934K)

  • Provide: Aliveness Project, Aspire Indiana Health, Imani and Unidad, Indiana Recovery Alliance, The Never Alone Project
  • Educate: Indiana Recovery Alliance, The Never Alone Project

Kentucky Grantees ($1.05 million) 

  • Provide: Appalachian Regional Healthcare, AVOL Kentucky, Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition, Madison County Health Department, Muhlenberg County Health Department, Whitley County Health Department
  • Educate: Kentucky Harm Reduction Coalition, Madison County Health Department, Norton Healthcare, University of Louisville Research Foundation

North Carolina Grantees ($1.36 million)

  • Provide: Center for Prevention Services, Hyde County Health Department, North Carolina Harm Reduction, North Carolina Survivors Union, Steady Collective, The Olive Branch Ministry, Twin City Harm Reduction Collective
  • Educate: North Carolina AIDS Action Network, North Carolina Harm Reduction, North Carolina Survivors Union, Steady Collective, Twin City Harm Reduction Collective

Tennessee Grantees ($1.09 million)

  • Provide: Choice Health Network / Positively Living, Next Step Initiative, Street Works, Tennessee Recovery Alliance
  • Educate: Next Step Initiative, Partnership to End AIDS Status (PEAS), Tennessee Recovery Alliance, WeCareTN

West Virginia Grantees ($929K)

  • Provide: Cabell-Huntington Health Department, Opioid Response Innovation Initiative, Milan Puskar Health Right, Queer Appalachia and Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Educate: Cabin Creek Health Systems, Queer Appalachia and Virginia Harm Reduction Coalition, The Community Education Group

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