KY’s Medical Marijuana Bill filed HB166


HB166 has been sent to the House Judiciary Committee chaired by Representative Joseph Fischer from Campbell County KY.

Representative Fischer is currently a NO VOTE. He believes KY’s cancer patients & chronically ill patients should continue going to jail for consuming or possessing cannabis.

As chairman of the committee he has the power and ability to bring HB166 up to a vote.

Call (800) 372-7181

Leave this message for the House Judiciary Committee:

“Bring HB166 up for discussion & vote”

Your call today could mean the difference in wether HB166, KY’s Medical Cannabis bill, passes or fails.

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Dan Seum files SB 80 –

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) — A powerful Kentucky senator believes marijuana can reap a harvest of cash for the state’s budget.

Sen. Dan Seum is the highest ranking lawmaker to get behind the campaign to legalize marijuana. Seum, chairman of the Senate Majority GOP caucus, said it will help grow the state’s bottom line.

“We’ve been too late at a lot of things in the past in Kentucky, and we have suffered economically because of it,” Seum told reporters at the Capitol on Wednesday.

The Fairdale Republican said it is past time for Kentucky to profit from pot.

“It’s out there. We’re using it anyway,” Seum said. “We might as well reap the harvest, so to speak.”

Seum is filing Senate Bill 80, which would legalize the adult use of marijuana and create the framework for growing and selling pot.

At a time when Gov. Matt Bevin is calling for budget cuts to pay for pensions, Seum said marijuana could become a more than $2 billion industry, generating millions in revenue for the state.

Under Seum’s plan, 1 percent of the revenue from taxes and fees would go to treating alcohol, tobacco and cannabis abuse, 1 percent would be used for education on the risks of drug abuse, 3 percent would be set aside for training law enforcement to deal with impaired driving; and 95 percent would be allocated to the General Fund.

“I believe in true money to the state in new revenues,” Seum said. “I estimate between $100 million and $200 million.”

Kentuckian Ashley Taylor has opened three cannabis stores in Colorado. She wants to expand into her home state and bring the industry out of the shadows.

“Kentucky’s No. 1 cash crop today is cannabis,” she said. “The state itself is not capitalizing on any of that, which is unfortunate, because this state, as you know, could desperately use the funds for our teachers, our police officers, for education.”

Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Taylor Mill), who chairs the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee, said legalizing marijuana may be a good debate to have, but it should be separate from the budget issue.

“We cannot allow our current financial situation to drive a major shift in public policy in the Commonwealth,” McDaniel said.

Bevin opposes legalizing both marijuana and casino gambling, calling them a sucker’s bet. But Seum threw down a challenge.

“He’s the governor, and if we can pass a bill, it would certainly be his privilege to veto it,” he said.

Seum said he’s not concerned about U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to crack down on marijuana.

“That genie is already out of the bottle,” he said.

Seum said he gives his bill a “50-50” chance at passage this year.


(KY) We will be introducing an Adult Responsible Use Act tomorrow (Jan. 17)

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We will be introducing an Adult Responsible Use Act tomorrow. A Press Conference is scheduled for Tomorrow, Wednesday 17th, 11:30, room 327 of Capitol Bldg. We will meet in cafeteria at 10:00 if you would like to join.

Dan Seum

4 hrs · Louisville ·


*No one should be put in jail for cannabis
*No one should lose custody of their children over cannabis
*No one should be denied the safer alternative treatment cannabis gives for a myriad of symptoms
*No one should have to treat addictions with other harmful drugs when cannabis has proven to help
*No one should be forced into the black market to purchase cannabis
*No Veteran should be denied cannabis for their PTSD
*No parent should be forced to move from their homes in KY to provide safer cannabis treatment for their epileptic children
*NO person over 21 should be forced to adhere to cannabis prohibition while Alcohol is celebrated in Kentucky
*No one should lose Pell Grant Opportunities over cannabis
*No Hemp farmer should have to burn their crop because it tested higher for THC
*No one should defend the prohibition (Google Harry Anslinger!) The Prohibition is indefensible!

Dan Seum

6 hrs · Louisville ·

Some Facts you should Know:

Our Government holds a Patent on Cannabis ( patent #6,630,507)
Our Government grows marijuana at the University of Mississippi for research
Our Government, and all tax payers, supply patients with 300 pre-rolled Cannabis cigarettes every 25 days since at least 1982.
Cannabis was listed in the Physician Desk Reference and prescribed successfully until 1942.
29 states, including Washington D.C. legalized Cannabis, Over half of America’s population live in legal Cannabis states.
KY polling show over 80% approval of Medicinal Marijuana and over 58% approval for Responsible Adult Use
WHAS News conducted a poll asking if Cannabis should be regulated and taxed to aide in the Pension Crisis we are facing in Ky…OVER 80% APPROVE.

I invite you to Google Harry Anslinger, our first drug czar, to understand the Nature of Cannabis Prohibition…It was in NO Way due to Health issues.

Dan Seum

8 hrs · Louisville ·

We will be introducing an Adult Responsible Use Act tomorrow. A Press Conference is scheduled for Tomorrow, Wednesday 17th, 11:30, room 327 of Capitol Bldg. We will meet in cafeteria at 10:00 if you would like to join. NOW IS THE TIME TO SHINE! The work begins AFTER the press conference. I need to organize the state to get behind this Bill…will you help? Please contact me.


Senate advances bill to change election dates

For Immediate Release

Jan. 11, 2018

Senate advances bill to change election dates

FRANKFORT – Legislation that would move the election of Kentucky’s governor and other statewide officers to even-numbered years passed the state Senate today by a 24-11 vote.

Senate Bill 4 sponsor Sen. Christian McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, said the legislation would save about $15.5 million in taxpayer money, triple voter turnout in downballot races and simplify the election system by aligning Kentucky’s election cycle with presidential elections.

McDaniel said it is at least the fifth session a bill to change Kentucky’s election cycle has been filed in the last decade.

“While it might have a little bit of a different number every time we see it, the principles remain the same,” he said in reference to the different bill numbers the legislation has been assigned over the years.

Sen. Reginald Thomas, D-Lexington, spoke against the bill. He said SB 4 would blur the line between state and federal issues.

“I don’t think we should confuse who is running for president … with who is going to be our governor,” Thomas said. “This bill goes the wrong direction.”

Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville, stood to explain his vote in favor of the SB 4.

“There was a gentleman named Charles de Gaulle who said, ‘Politics is too serious of a matter to be left to politicians.’ Let’s let the people decide what they want for a change.”

Since SB 4 is a constitutional amendment, the legislation will require a supermajority in the state House before it could be placed on the ballot in November to be decided upon by the people.

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(KY) This Week in Frankfort

January 12, 2018

This Week in Frankfort

January 8-11

FRANKFORT — The General Assembly’s 2018 session passed one of its early milestones this week as the first bill to clear a chamber this year was approved by the Kentucky Senate on Wednesday.

The legislation, known as Senate Bill 3, brought back an issue lawmakers have considered before: adding language to the state constitution that specifies certain rights that should be afforded to crime victims. These rights would include notice of all criminal court proceedings involving the accused, reasonable protection from the accused, timely notice of the release or escape of the accused and the right to full restitution to be paid by the convicted.

If Senate Bill 3 is approved by lawmakers, then Kentucky voters would get to decide whether this change is made to the state constitution.

The legislation is part of a national movement to establish Marsy’s Laws, named in memory of Marsy Nicholas, who was killed in the 1980s by her ex-boyfriend in California.

Another top issue this week focused on the possibility of moving the election of Kentucky’s governor and other statewide officers to even-numbered years. Supporters say this would save the state money on election costs and increase voter turnout. A House Committee has approved House Bill 23 on this matter, while the full Senate has approved similar legislation, Senate Bill 4.

If either bill is approved by both chambers, a proposed constitutional amendment on the matter would be decided on by Kentucky voters.

Other bills that took steps forward this week include:

Senate Bill 7, which would establish the Kentucky Rare Disease Advisory Council and Trust Fund to promote research, treatment and education on rare diseases. The bill was approved by the Senate on Thursday and sent to the House for consideration

House Bill 88, approved by the House State Government Committee on Thursday, would allow unclaimed state property to be the only source of funding for operation of the Office of the State Treasurer. The measure is aimed at giving some relief to the state budget. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

HB 84 would improve efforts to accommodate the wishes of people who want to be organ and tissue donors. The bill would require coroners and medical examiners to contact the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates if a deceased person’s body is suitable for organ or tissue donation. The bill was approved Wednesday by the House Licensing, Occupations & Administrative Regulations Committee and now goes to the House for consideration.

Senate Bill 8 would provide civil immunity for damaging a vehicle if a person enters the vehicle with the reasonable, good-faith belief that a dog or cat is in immediate danger of death if not removed. The legislation passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday and now heads to the full senate for consideration.

The Senate and House will not convene on Monday, January 15th in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol on Tuesday, January 16. That same day the governor will give his State of the Commonwealth address in which he is expected to lay out details on his proposed budget. The biennial budget is a top priority this session and once the governor hands over his proposal, the House and Senate will begin making changes so that the final budget proposal reflects their priorities.

If you’d like to share feedback on issues under consideration with state lawmakers, please call the General Assembly’s toll-free message line at 1-800-372-7181.


House Bill 166 filed for medical cannabis legalization

  • Jan 11, 2018
  • State Rep. John Sims

    FRANKFORT — A medical cannabis bill acquired support and has officially been submitted to the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

    State Rep. John Sims is the primary bill sponsor with State Rep. Alan Gentry as a cosponsor. Sims said that he stands behind the bill because of research and studies that show medical marijuana use as effective in certain situations.

    “There are studies showing it helps without forcing someone to take pills every day,” said Sims. “This bill would allow for physicians to prescribe it to patients as an option.”

    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes called on Kentuckians who are passionate about medical marijuana to join a campaign to not only educate and lobby the General Assembly in support of the House Bill 166.

    “What started as a whisper years ago is now a loud chorus. Kentuckians have declared 2018 as the year they expect action on medical marijuana from their legislators,” said Grimes. “Now, with 29 states and the District of Columbia offering relief in the form of medical marijuana to their citizens, we must waste no more time. We’ve heard real, heart-wrenching stories from all over the Commonwealth about how access to cannabis can provide long-lasting and life-changing relief. The serious discussions this task force had have resulted in a solid piece of legislation that can change lives.”

    Rep. Gentry said once Rep. Sims asked him to look more into the facts and research behind medical marijuana usage, it became a no-brainer.

    “My best friend growing up suffered from epilepsy,” said Gentry. “He’s a successful businessman now and he stumbled across medical marijuana and now his seizures have went away.”

    After losing his arm earlier in his late twenties, Gentry became involved in disabled sports. He took a liking to golf and started competing and met a lot of people that suffered from chronic pain because of their disabilities.

    “I’ve seen several guys suffer from opioid addiction,” said Gentry. “And then I have seen guys move to medical marijuana successfully.”

    The Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine reports that opioid deaths have fallen by 25 percent in states that have legalized the use of medical marijuana.

    Studies show that Medical Marijuana use can help with or counter side effects of PTSD, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis C, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other conditions or diseases.

    The bill gained significant traction because of Maysville residents Eric and Michelle Crawford.

    The Crawfords’ started fighting for the use of medical marijuana because of Eric’s state of health.

    Eric is a quadriplegic – his spine was injured in a car accident that occurred in 1994. He met Michelle during rehabilitation at Cardinal Hill. The two became inseparable and started their journey to have medical marijuana be accessible to those in need here in Kentucky.

    The couple travelled throughout the state from town hall meeting to town hall meeting to speak on the subject. When Eric’s health would allow, they would travel to Frankfort for the general assembly at least once a week.

    “I’ve been living in pain for too many years. Thankfully, I have found medical marijuana works,” said Eric Crawford. “I want the relief I experience — natural, organic relief — to be accessible to every Kentuckian who needs it. And let every legislator know, in 2018 Kentuckians are watching. We are expecting you to act. You will hear from us.”

    Grimes and Sims’ task force includes members of Kentucky’s medical community, including doctors, nurses and medical administrators, as well as representatives from law enforcement and state agencies with regulatory oversight, medical marijuana advocates, and military veterans.

    “House Bill 166 is the best bill in the United States of America for medical cannabis,” said Sims. “There have been hours, weeks, and months spent on this bill to make it the gold standard. This about improving the health of Kentuckians.”

    “A majority has to promote it to committee to even get it to a House vote,” said Gentry. “The best way for people to get involved is to speak out to legislators.”


    HB 166 PDF LINK

    Teaching Children About Christian God and Bible In Kentucky Public Schools is Against the Consitution, ACLU Warns


    By Callum Paton On 1/12/18 at 7:39 AM

    Some bible literacy classes being taught in Kentucky public schools may be unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union has warned.

    WSAZ news reported that the Kentucky chapter of the ACLU wrote a letter to the state’s department of education expressing “serious concern” over courses that began in the fall as part of an elective social studies program.

    The ACLU is asking that the Kentucky Department of Education ensure that all Bible studies classes be appropriately controlled and applied within constitutional guidelines.

    The civil liberties union has focused in on one course in one Kentucky county that it has said appears to be unconstitutional. The problem seems to have arisen over students’ ability to shape their own learning and course materials. This, the ACLU has said, has proven highly problematic.

    “Crafting and teaching ‘Bible Literacy’ courses in a constitutionally permissible manner is exceedingly difficult to do … such a difficult and important task should not be left up to the very students who are in school to learn,” the group has said.

    A spokeswoman for the ACLU told WSAZ the “unconstitutional activity” has centered around Lewis county, where  “serious fundamental and constitutional issues” have been found in course materials made available through an open records request.

    Lewis County High School Principal Jack Lykins has defended the program saying there is nothing unconstitutional about the course that was passed into law last Summer.

    “There’s no daily devotionals, that’s not done. Daily prayer is not done … it’s more of a comparative religion,” Lykins said. “I feel like here we follow what the constitution says, the constitution does not say we have to have separation of church and state, it says congress shall make no law establishing a religion,” the principal said.