#WeAreKY But #ThisIsKY…Story of Elihu Shepherd

The incident leading to Gary’s killing began on a Sunday morning in August of 1993, when a helicopter on loan from the Kentucky National Guard was landed by officers of the Governor’s Marijuana Strike Force in a field adjacent to Gary Shepherd’s rural home. An officer familiar with Gary approached and told him that he was going to come in and cut down the dozen plants which were maturing around the perimeter of his property. Gary denied him entrance, saying it would happen “over [his] dead body.” Using Gary’s invocation of this metaphor as a pretext for his murder, the officer departed and called in additional officers, who covertly blockaded all routes to Gary’s house and began to monitor his movements.  LINK

In August of 1993, in Rockcastle County Kentucky, a four year old child watched his Father, Gary Shephard shot and killed by the Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police, over a few Cannabis plants which his father used for medicine for pain and PTSD after serving in the Vietnam War…

This is his story…

(Please view in its entirety)

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This factual story needs to be heard by everyone that lives in Kentucky.

Yes, #WeAreKentucky BUT #ThisISKentucky

https://www.facebook.com/Jacobelihu/posts/10218238922543418

https://www.drcnet.org/guide2-95/gary.html

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"There’s not a chance that I would sign a legalization of recreational marijuana," he said.

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Actively, since 2012, the State of Kentucky has had various Cannabis Bills in the Legislature.  Before that we had Gatewood Galbraith in all of his glory, who tried, unsuccessfully through a number of elections to help turn this State around.  Unfortunately most of the people who would have voted for him didn’t have voting rights in Kentucky and the ones who did voted for their own pockets.

The Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act went absolutely nowhere in 2012 after his death.

There has only been one Cannabis related medicine that has been approved via    Kentucky Legislature, and that was  when SB 124 was signed by the Governor in 2014. 

Legislators did make an effort to help some seriously ill patients who could benefit from cannabidiol (“CBD,” a non-psychoactive component of marijuana). On Thursday, April 10, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law a proposal that is intended to allow patients to use CBD if directed to do so by a physician.  LINK

Many Kentucky Citizens, Patients, Parents, Students, Veterans and others have spent countless travel hours, time at the State Capitol and expense dollars to try to talk their way into getting the Senators, Representatives and the Governor to give them some legal relief.  Some little bit of understanding and compassion that they could latch onto for hope.  But it never comes.

There have been a few Senators and Representatives that have stepped up and did their part, and then some, when they filed Bills that should have received much more attention than they did in Frankfort.

Today, an article was published on Kentucky.Com that reiterated Gov. Matt Bevins stance on adult use Cannabis.

“There’s not a chance that I would sign a legalization of recreational marijuana,” he said.

However, he also pointed out that he believes that “There is incredible medicinal value associated with cannabis,”  as he spoke candidly about the loss of his teenage Nephew to Cancer.  He even became emotional about the subject…just in time for the upcoming Election this year in Kentucky, where he will once again make promises he does not intend to keep – at least in my opinion.

In Gov. Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth address he made no mention of Cannabis, neither medical or otherwise.  However, in the Kentucky Chamber Day Dinner in January he did express his views on medical marijuana.  According to what he said he leans toward a very narrow and strict medical marijuana law if any, and definitely not a pro-recreational or adult use legalization.  

So rather than to take the Bull by the horns and legalize it into a regulated commodity that everyone would buy and agree to let it be controlled by the Government, just as long as they could get some of it for themselves, the Governor chooses to stand firm, like a Bull, and deny any type of adult use legalization and as well hasn’t approved any kind of medicinal marijuana either with the exception of the CBD bill.  I’m not sure how to take that because you would think that the Government would be all about control of the masses through legalization, however, in this case at least, they choose to just flat out deny us.  Period.  Even though the people are begging to be regulated!

The black market will continue to thrive in Kentucky so long as this commodity goes unregulated in the open market.

At this point in time, my personal favorite is SB 82, Sponsored by Jimmy Higdon,  it is a decriminalization Bill which asks to make personal possession a pre-payable non-criminal fine. It applies to everyone living in the State.  It would be easily implemented.  It is a starting point – although we shouldn’t still be at the “starting point”.

Kentucky is mastering hemp farming and we should be mastering medical and adult use marijuana as well. 

I would prefer to have seen a repeal on Cannabis prohibition at the Federal level before now – but it hasn’t happened yet and States DO have rights.

I could learn to live with the medical marijuana initiative if it were passed with the best of intentions for all people and patients in this State.  But I cannot see that happening at least in the short term.  It could take years to organize an operational program of that magnitude and intense oversight.  Where are the people who will manage and work these establishments going to come from?  We cannot even get enough nurses and clerical workers here fast enough.

Unfortunately for us, it isn’t just about marijuana anymore!

There are a number of other issues in Kentucky which deserve our attention as well.

*Homelessness.

*Severe drug abuse issues such as heroin.

* Women’s abortion rights.

*Teacher Pensions.

*Water access and purification.

*Healthcare and access to appropriate pain management.

*Unlicensed concealed carry.

*Human trafficking and child abuse.

The list goes on and on.

Kentucky has been a mecca for marijuana for 100 years – just go ahead and legalize it and tax the recreational use and put that money toward more important issues.  Everybody already uses Cannabis in Kentucky anyway so why pretend that you can stop it?

Pass both the medical Cannabis, recreational, AND the decrim bill.  All avenues will be covered in that the decrim will pick up and give a little relief while we wait implementation of the recreational and medical bills. 

People all over the U.S. need some relief and hope.  Especially in Kentucky.

@Gov. Matt Bevin, show us what you are really made of!

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https://www.kentucky.com/living/health-and-medicine/article226164860.html?fbclid=IwAR3NnqxYDc382Ur0DfVLA6jNq6V8EsSMXHeFtLh85AnddzSFQVCSKOM_tmQ

https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/2019/01/09/kentucky-marijuana-bills-2019/

https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/in-remembrance-of/gatewood-galbraith-medical-marijuana-memorial-act/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqhB30dIhhE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fThY9F8hUM

https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/timeline-ky-mj-bills/

https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article44476206.html

https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/timeline-ky-mj-bills/

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/recorddocuments/bill/19RS/HB136/bill.pdf

https://legiscan.com/KY/text/SB82/id/1845842

https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2019/02/15/517957.htm

(KY) Medical marijuana research resolution clears first hurdle

For Immediate Release

Feb. 7, 2019

Medical marijuana research resolution clears first hurdle

FRANKFORT—A resolution that calls on the federal government to expedite research on the safety and effectiveness of medical marijuana is on its way to full House for a vote.

House Concurrent Resolution 5, sponsored by Rep. Danny Bentley, R-Russell, and House Health and Family Services Committee Chair Rep. Kimberly Poore Moser, R-Taylor Mill, calls on federal regulators to move forward with research into the benefits and risks of the drug “so that, as policymakers, the General Assembly may develop evidence-based and scientifically sound medical marijuana policies.”

According to the resolution, marijuana “impairs short-term memory and judgement.” The resolution also cites evidence that suggests “the risks of marijuana use include poorer educational performance, adverse consequences in the workplace” and other conditions.

Bentley, who has been a practicing pharmacist for over four decades, told the committee that HCR 5 is a call for safe medication management.

“As an advanced society, we must be have well-considered laws and regulations to move forward,” said Bentley. Evidence-based science, he said, is “the only safe and effective and responsible way forward.”

Thirty one states have legalized medical marijuana in some form, according to the resolution.

Should HCR 5 become law, it will be forwarded to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for consideration. 

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(KY) Please Call Your Legislators!

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To ALL Kentucky Citizens,

The time is now to contact your Legislators concerning the Cannabis Bills, and any other Bills which you are concerned about!  The phone number to call is:

1-800-372-7181

Here are the current Cannabis Bills:

SB 80 / Dan Malano Seum / Establishes the “Department of Cannabis Control” which will oversee lawful consumption of Cannabis in Kentucky by adults 21 and over.

HB 136 / Establishes a very strict “Medical Cannabis” bill for bonified Patients.

SB 83 / Perry B. Clark “Shauna’s Law”  Relating to a drug free workplace / Seeks to mandate an appeals process for those employer’s who enforce drug-testing upon their employee’s which will address those persons who have been found in violation of the drug-free workplace policy by testing positive on random drug screens for legal Hemp products such as CBD. It would set aside that violation if proven that a legal product had been used.

SB 82 / J. Higdon / to make the penalty for possession of a personal use quantity of marijuana a prepayable non-criminal fine;

SB 57 / J. Higdon / to allow discretionary expungement of Class D felonies with a ten-year waiting period;

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https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/2019/01/13/kentucky-will-march-to-the-capital-once-again/

Kentucky Will March To The Capital, Once Again…

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Rainbow Farm was located in Vandalia, Michigan & was a cannabis friendly community. They had great concerts & speakers. The government came in later & killed the owners & stole the farm from the legal birth right of the son, Robert, 1 week before 9-11 (September 3rd & 4th,2001). Tom Crosslin & Rollie Rolhm were the owners & each one of them were systematically gunned down & tortured after being out numbered 300 to 1. In order to stop a memorial day concert, that was to start a signature campaign to legalize cannabis in the state of Michigan.

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The Country as a whole has come a long way since the incident above in 2001, but it still has a very long way to go.  We have 11 “legalized States” and 33 “medicinal States” to date according to NORML.  More than the majority of Americans believe it should be made “lawful”.  Many sick people including children are suffering needlessly and we have the ability to help rectify the situation.

We should not still have to be going to the Capital in Frankfort to beg for something that we should have had in Kentucky more than seven years ago.  In fact, it never should have been “unlawful” to possess in the first place.

Gatewood Galbraith, “The greatest Governor that Kentucky never had”, spoke to this issue many times and had he been elected we would not still be in this same fight today.  He said, “You have got to get political.  Because if you don’t get political then I’m gonna die in the streets!” 

The number of people who are dying in the streets has exponentially increased in the past 5+ years in earnest.  The crisis was started by the Government and their Pharmaceutical cronies who promoted highly addictive opioid drugs for daily use to patients who were suffering and  they bit the bait.  After everyone was sufficiently addicted to the pharmaceuticals the Government claimed an “opioid crisis” and immediately withdrew these needed medications by way of intimidating the Physicians and forced drug testing to the point that the Medical Establishment could no longer take the chance of losing their Practice’s, and so they immediately withdrew needed medicines from Patients who legitimately needed them, as well as other’s who had become addicted for other reasons – and there are many reasons…  This in turn caused people to literally die in the streets due to a dire need to medicate and the ample supply in the streets of much more potent and deadly drugs than what the Physicians had been prescribing them to begin with.

Some of us were strong enough and smart enough to turn to Cannabis which saved our lives, even though it is illegal.  A lot of us have lost close friends and family members to this ‘war on drugs’.  Many of us grieve daily because of it.

There have been Senators, Representatives and Citizen Activists, working hard to see Cannabis regulation and lawfulness is passed in the very State that in WWII the Government pleaded with people to grow Hemp for their War efforts.  The people responded to their requests in a time of need.  However, the Government turns their heads the other way when the Citizens request that they help them establish a safe and lawful way to use Cannabis, medically and otherwise.  Not only would this help the multitudes of patients who direly need this medication, it would also establish a lawful product that can be taxed and used for the greater good of the State we reside in, including new businesses and employment.  As a result, even those who chose not to partake in Cannabis would benefit from the legalization and taxation of the  product – much like alcohol – with much less lawlessness than alcohol promotes…

It would establish a lawful alternative to Alcohol and Tobacco and other illicit drugs, such as street level opioids which are destroying families and responsible for unending deaths even as we speak.  Yet, to date, our Kentucky Government has refused to act upon this issue. 

Why has Kentucky Government taken such a path in governing of the people?

“Petrochemical-Pharmaceutical-Military-Industrial-Transnational-Corporate-Fascist-Elite-Bastards”  LINK

For a more in-depth read on why and how our Country has fell into the hands of the NWO you can view this LINK.  “The Elkhorn Manifesto” is an archived page of the Kentucky Marijuana Party, written in 1996 by R. William Davis, and collaborated with Gatewood Galbraith. 

Here we are, once again, in the year of Our Lord, 2019, begging for our leaders to hear our plea’s.  And once again, they will try to ignore us! 

As far as I am concerned, the lawfulness of Cannabis should first have been rightfully returned to the people through REPEAL of Federal Treaties and Statutes which made it unlawful to begin with.  Possibly as far back as the 1914 Harrison Narcotics Tax Act.  However, the situation has been taken into the hands of the individual States and their “States Rights” because the Federal Government refused to stand up for the rights of our people.  Instead they have enlisted a “New World Order” to do their dirty work which seeks to contain society at large – world wide control of the masses, control of all plants, food, medicines,  WATER, etc., to be placed under strict guidelines to which we must abide by the rules or suffer the consequences.

We have become damned if we do submit to the law and damned if we do not follow it as well. 

There is  research already out there and patients are being helped and in some cases literally saved from an early death by using Cannabis.  Many people have been saved from addiction by using Cannabis. 

We cannot wait another year to change the Cannabis Statutes in Kentucky.  We need it now.  We needed it 20 years ago.

There are currently two Bills in Kentucky Legislature – one in Senate and one in the House.  Both bills should be passed and this is my reasoning for this:

SB 80 / Dan Malano Seum / Establishes the “Department of Cannabis Control” which will oversee lawful consumption of Cannabis in Kentucky by adults 21 and over.  This Bill gives limited and controlled freedom back to the people in that it does allow for growing on our own property and consumption as well as sets the stage for business to be lawful throughout Kentucky.  This legislation could be enacted fairly quickly and jumpstart the economy here.  It is imperative that we implement this legislation this year if we seek to make our State livable again.

HB 136 / Establishes a very strict “Medical Cannabis” bill for bonified Patients.  Because of the nature of illnesses and the fact that many Children could be served by this Bill it is imperative that “medicinal Cannabis” be made available in Kentucky to those who are in need, medically, whether they be adult or child.  Many people who are not familiar with Cannabis and it’s use would serve to be protected as patients by this medical legislation.  The problem is that with the measures necessary to comply with the Bill as it is written it would most certainly be a slow process to set up across the State and reach all patients equally.   However, we should proceed immediately on this Act as well.

Additionally, a drug-free workplace Bill for the use of legal Hemp CBD products, currently sold on the open market:

SB 83 / Perry B. Clark “Shauna’s Law”  Relating to a drug free workplace / Seeks to mandate an appeals process for those employer’s who enforce drug-testing upon their employee’s which will address those persons who have been found in violation of the drug-free workplace policy by testing positive on random drug screens for legal Hemp products such as CBD.  It would set aside that violation if proven that a legal product had been used.  This Bill must be passed in order to preserve the integrity of the Hemp market as well as employee’s rights.

IF our Legislator’s  and Governor do not seek to enact the Bill’s which we as a People have requested  for our health and well-being in general, then the political system of the Commonwealth of Kentucky needs to be immediately and completely changed and replaced.  This would also include other issues of great importance in Kentucky such as the Pension Crisis.

The corruption in Kentucky runs far and wide and seeks to be ended this year.  The time is now for change…not later.  We cannot wait another year to be lawful!

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http://antiquecannabisbook.com/Appendix/AppendixC.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1ggjadAnSg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Crosslin

http://rainbowfarmcamp.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5moSy-Ooouk&t=294s

https://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article44148519.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5312634/

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/recorddocuments/bill/19RS/HB136/bill.pdf

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/recorddocuments/bill/19RS/SB80/bill.pdf

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/recorddocuments/bill/19RS/sb83/orig_bill.pdf

https://norml.org/states

https://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherburnham/2018/06/29/kentucky-retirement-systems-a-case-study-of-politicizing-pensions/#514247ce299a

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp_in_Kentucky

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gatewood_Galbraith

https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/2015/10/26/rights-and-freedoms-may-in-no-case-be-exercised-contrary-to-purposes-and-principles-of-the-united-nations-how-the-united-nations-is-stealing-our-unalienable-rights-to-grow/

Kentucky Marijuana Bills 2019

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The following information is taken from Bill Watch on Kentucky.Gov.  The link above will allow you to register to view this information in it’s entirety.

As well, much information can be accessed through the Kentucky Legislature at this link.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Introduced in Senate by Dan Malano Seum;

SB 80(BR-836) 

AN ACT relating to the regulation of cannabis and making an appropriation therefor.

– Establishes the Department of Cannabis Control,

– Prohibits cultivation of more than 5 marijuana plants,

– Prohibits commitment of children over a cannabis offense,

– Establishes possession limits,

– Prohibits smoking cannabis in public,

– Adult use, over age 21.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, Introduced in House by: 

St. Onge , Diane
Nemes , Jason
Hart , Mark
Sims Jr , John

 HB 136(BR-58)

AN ACT relating to medicinal marijuana and making an appropriation therefor.

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

– to establish restrictions on the possession of and cultivation for personal use of medicinal marijuana by qualifying patients, visiting patients, and designated caregivers; to establish certain protections for cardholders;

– to clarify that the use of medicinal marijuana by a qualifying patient or visiting qualifying patient is to be treated the same as the use of prescribed pharmaceutical medications;

– Prohibits smoking cannabis in public,

RELATED:

Kentucky lawmakers unveil new medical marijuana bill

Kentucky Lawmakers Push Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Bill

Newly elected Kentucky lawmakers talk 2019 issues – from pensions to medical marijuana

Geoff Young Announces Campaign For Kentucky Governor

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Democrats Geoff Young and Josh French announced their candidacy for  Kentucky Governor and Lt. Governor this afternoon in the Capital Rotunda and the video was shared  via LEX18  on Facebook.  The Candidacy forms were filed December 21, 2018.

Their Platform contains the following issues as noted on their website at YOUNG4KY.COM :

The Issues

1. Unions build the middle class.

2. Stop corruption in Kentucky regardless of partisan politics.

3. Legalize all forms of cannabis.

4. Overturn all immoral laws that undermine the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision of 1973.

5. Overturn Governor Bevin’s immoral executive order that discriminates against Palestinians.

6. Stop kicking Kentuckians off health insurance and work toward a single-payer, Medicare-for-All system.

7. Tax millionaires & billionaires and reduce taxes on the poor and middle class.

8. Promote energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to lower your electric bills.

9. Promote worker-owned businesses and cooperatives.

10. Work with other governors to prevent our National Guard from being sent out of the USA.

There are a few other articles on the blog about Geoff Young at this link.

If you want to see a change in your Government, you must change the people who are actually running the Government.  You cannot vote them back in and hope that they will change their minds.  It just does not happen – no matter how much you like or dislike them.