2013-2019 Kentucky Marijuana Bills

THE TIMELINE OF KENTUCKY MARIJUANA BILLS 2013-2019

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2019

HCR121(BR-1186)

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 – introduced in House

Moser , Kimberly Poore

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION establishing the Medicinal Marijuana Task Force.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19RS/hcr121.html

SB 80(BR-836)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – introduced in Senate

Sen. Dan Seum [R]
Sen. Perry Clark [D]

AN ACT relating to the regulation of cannabis and making an appropriation therefor.  (Adult recreational use)

https://legiscan.com/KY/bill/SB80/2019

HB 136(BR-58)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – introduced in House

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

https://legiscan.com/KY/bill/HB136/2019

SB 82(BR-834)/LM/CI

Friday, January 11, 2019 – introduced in Senate

Jimmy Higdon

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 218A to make the penalty for possession of a personal use quantity of marijuana a prepayable non-criminal fine;

https://legiscan.com/KY/bill/SB82/2019

SB 170(BR-804)/LM/CI

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 – introduced in Senate

Sen. Steve West [R]
Sen. Dan Seum [R]
Sen. Perry Clark [D]
Sen. C.B. Embry [R]

Sen. Denise Harper Angel [D]

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

https://legiscan.com/KY/bill/SB170/2019

HCR5(BR-180)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 – introduced in House

Rep. Danny Bentley [R]
Rep. Kimberly Moser [R]
Rep. Lynn Bechler [R]
Rep. Robert Goforth [R]

Rep. Mark Hart [R]
Rep. Kim King [R]
Rep. Melinda Prunty [R]
Rep. Steve Sheldon [R]

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION calling for the expediting of research regarding the safety and efficacy of the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

https://legiscan.com/KY/bill/HCR5/2019

2018

SB 80

01/17/18 introduced in Senate

D. Seum, P. Clark

AN ACT relating to the regulation of cannabis. (Adult Use)

This past week in Frankfort, State Senator Dan Seum of Fairdale, Ky. — who represents Bullitt County and a portion of Jefferson County in Senate District 38 — introduced Senate Bill 80, which seeks to allow full and regulated cannabis use in Kentucky.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/18rs/sb80.html

HB 166

01/10/18  introduced in House

J. Sims Jr, G. Brown Jr, T. Burch, M. Cantrell, J. Donohue, K. Flood, A. Gentry, J. Gooch Jr., D. Graham, J. Greer, C. Harris, A. Hatton, T. Herald, J. Jenkins, M. Marzian, J. Miller, C. Morgan, R. Nelson, J. Nemes, R. Palumbo, R. Rand, D. Schamore, A. Scott, S. Wells, S. Westrom

AN ACT relating to medical cannabis and making an appropriation therefor.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/18rs/hb166.html

A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky was shelved Wednesday after it ran into strong opposition from law enforcement officials during a round of testimony before a legislative panel.

A day after hearing from medical marijuana supporters, the panel took comments from law enforcement officials and a Warren County prosecutor. They warned that legalization could exacerbate Kentucky’s drug addiction woes. LINK

SB 272

03/01/18 introduced in Senate

M. McGarvey,                                                                                                                       R. Thomas

AN ACT relating to medical marijuana

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/Record/18RS/sb272.html

SB 118

01/30/18 introduced in Senate

S. West, D. Seum, P. Clark, C. Embry Jr., D. Harper Angel, M. McGarvey, G. Neal, R. Thomas

AN ACT relating to medical cannabis.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/Record/18RS/SB118.html


2017

SB 76/CI/LM (BR 408)

Dec 09, 2016 – Prefiled by the sponsor(s).
Jan 03, 2017 – introduced in Senate

P. Clark

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

Establish KRS Chapter 245 to regulate the cultivation, testing, processing, taxing, and sale of cannabis to persons aged 21 years and older; create, amend, and repeal various sections to conform.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/Record/17RS/SB76.htm

SB 57/CI/LM (BR 409)

Dec 06, 2016 – Prefiled by the sponsor(s).
Jan 03, 2017 – introduced in Senate

P. Clark, D. Harper Angel, S. West

AN ACT relating to medical cannabis.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/Record/17RS/SB57.htm

HB 411 (BR 1166)

02/16/17  introduced in House

J. Sims Jr, A. Gentry, D. Johnson, A. Simpson

AN ACT relating to the medical use of marijuana.

Create a new section of KRS Chapter 311 to allow physicians to recommend use of cannabis; hold physicians harmless for making the recommendation.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/17rs/hb411.html

 SB 243 (BR 1469)

02/16/17  introduced in Senate

M. McGarvey

AN ACT relating to medical marijuana for palliative or end of life care.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/17rs/sb243.html

2016

*March 2, 2016

On Wednesday, March 2, Sen. Perry Clark of Louisville introduced two new Bills, one for Hemp and another for medical marijuana.

Senate Bill 262 is AN ACT relating to industrial hemp.

Senate Bill 263 is AN ACT relating to medical cannabis.

*March 1, 2016

HB 584 AN ACT relating to the medical use of marijuana in Kentucky

Introduced March 1, 2016

HB 584(BR-1994)

*January 6, 2016

SB 13, Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Act

Introduced on January 6, 2016

LINK TO PDF OF SB13

2015

*February 5, 2015

HB 305/CI (BR 395) – B. Yonts

Introduced on February 5, 2015

AN ACT relating to crimes and punishments.
Amend and create various KRS sections to convert certain misdemeanors to pre-payable violations and set fines.

Feb 5-Introduced in House

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/15rs/hb305.html

SB 79/CI (BR 805) – P. Clark

Introduced on January 9, 2015

AN ACT relating to marijuana.

Amend KRS 218A.1422 to make the possession of two ounces of marijuana or less a violation punishable by a maximum fine of $75; amend KRS 218A.1423 to make cultivation of five marijuana plants or less a Class B misdemeanor; name the Act the Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Act.

Jan 9-Introduced in Senate
Feb 3-to Judiciary (S)

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/15rs/sb79.html

HB 3

Introduced on January 6, 2015

House Speaker Greg Stumbo’s medical marijuana bill wasn’t going to pass this year anyway, he said Thursday, so his House Bill 3 is likely dead after no vote was taken in a committee hearing.

“Gatewood Galbraith Medical Cannabis Act”;

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/15rs/hb3.html

2014

SB124

2014-02-05      Senate introduced in Senate

2014-04-10      Senate signed by Governor (Acts, ch. 112)

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.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/14rs/sb124.html

SB 43

Medical Marijuana Bill Kentucky 2015, SB 43/LM/CI (BR 287)

Introduced on January 7, 2014

AN ACT relating to medical cannabis.

Cannabis Compassion Act.

Jan 7-introduced in Senate
Jan 13-to Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (S)

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/14rs/sb43.html

2013

SB 11

*January 8, 2013

Senator Perry Clark submitted SB11 to the judiciary committee last week

Introduced on January 8, 2013

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/13rs/sb11.html

Create various new sections of KRS Chapter 218A to establish a comprehensive system for medical marijuana in Kentucky

Greetings   Well the bill has been submitted and now it’s our turn. Senator Perry Clark submitted SB11 to the judiciary committee last week. http://www.mpp.org/states/kentucky/  It is one of the most aggressive legalization bills to date and we are asking all supporters to get on board to help us push this bill through.   You can see a summary of the bill here: http://kentuckyveteransformedicalmarijua.blogspot.com/2012/09/gatewood-galbraith-memorial-medical.html
In the coming days I will be sending out information on what needs to be done. We will also be sending out another petition so be sure to sign it as we will be using it to further the legislation along.   This is a short session folks but I know that working together we can get this done. I would like to hear from any veterans we might have, especially if you belong to the VFW. There is big news concerning the VA.
Folks I am excited about our chances. I’m hearing more and more positive feedback from legislators every day. We are getting closer to making this bill a reality. If you have any questions you may contact me here at kyveteransformedicalmarijuan@gmail.com     United, We Stand!   Ron Moore Kentucky Veterans for Medical Marijuana   www.kentuckyveteransformedicalmarijuana.net     Find your legislator at this link: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/whoswho/email.htm
or Call the Toll-Free Legislative Message Line at 1-800-372-7181 to leave a message.

Legislation introduced to legalize marijuana in Kentucky

LINK:  http://www.wave3.com/story/18961002/legislation-introduced-to-legalize-marijuana-in-kentucky

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) – Kentucky Sen. Perry B. Clark introduced legislation that would make marijuana a legal drug for doctors to prescribe.

Thursday afternoon, the Louisville Democrat held a news conference at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort to introduce the Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act. Clark was joined at the news conference by Galbraith’s daughter, Molly Galbraith, and other supporters of medical marijuana.

They said medical research has proven it has many benefits for everything from Parkinson’s disease to tumor regression, prostate cancer, nausea and pain.

Gatewood Galbraith, a perennial candidate for governor of Kentucky and an outspoken proponent of the legalization of marijuana, privacy rights and other civil liberties died at his home near Lexington in January at the age of 64.

Twenty states have approved some type of medical marijuana usage and several other states have similar legislation pending.

Copyright 2012 WAVE News. All rights reserved.

(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/

2017 Kentucky Marijuana Legalization Vote: Key Dates To Watch

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Have you been trying to follow Kentucky marijuana legalization news online and find you cannot figure out if it is legalized or if the bill died in the Kentucky State Senate?

Current Kentucky medical marijuana laws were introduced in late 2016 by Kentucky state senator, Perry Clark. This particular senator has introduced similar laws in the past, but the one that was due to be voted on in 2017 by Kentucky state lawmakers is called The Cannabis Compassion Act, and it was filed as BR409.

While there were plenty of fans that were excited about this news in early 2017, after the bills for Kentucky legal marijuana were filed, no one seemed to know when anything was going to happen next. It was not really clear to many Kentuckians if lawmakers had denied or confirmed a bill to legalize marijuana.

Worse, the Kentucky State Senate closed their main legislative session on March 31, and there was no news about where the legal marijuana bill was going. In order to get a few facts straight, some careful online sleuthing was done to get all of the right information in the right place.

Medical marijuana touted by supporters to Trump.Protesters organized in January to tell Donald Trump they wanted support for medical marijuana. [Image by Theo Wargo/Getty Images]

As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Kentucky did not pass medical marijuana in early 2017. The confusion was caused when several articles were published in February that quoted a news source that had misinformation on the topic.

Instead, the bill to pass medical marijuana in the state of Kentucky is actually two different bills. The names of these bills are SB76 and SB57.

When information is reviewed about Kentucky’s medical marijuana bills that are being proposed in 2017, it shows on the SB76 and SB57 websites that they have been “assigned” to various committees for review — and are therefore still in progress.

SB57 is currently assigned to Health and Welfare, while SB76 is with Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations.

Regardless, what these pages do not clearly indicate is whether or not these bills are still being considered, when they will be considered, or when they will be voted on.

Thankfully, by cross-referencing with the 2017 interim calendar for the Kentucky State Senate, there is helpful information about approximate dates to expect Kentucky marijuana legalization news.

Rand Paul Kentucky is pro-marijuana.Kentucky U.S. Senator, Rand Paul, is pro-marijuana legalization, but he is not a voting member for the Kentucky State Senate. [Image by Mark Wilson/Getty Images]

As far as SB76 goes, Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations will meet the second Friday of each month between June and October. In November, Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations will meet on the 17th.

For SB57, Health and Welfare meet the third Wednesday of each month during the June-November Kentucky State Senate interim calendar.

With the basic information needed to target key dates to listen out for the legalization of marijuana in Kentucky, the next question is whether or not the state senators will actually vote for it.

Although there have been many supporters of the medical marijuana bill in Kentucky, there have also been a few opponents.

For example, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, they reported that a retired Kentucky state trooper, Ed Shemelya, is the director of the National Marijuana Initiative, according to WXOW. In La Crosse, Shemelya is educating attendants of his talks about how “marijuana is one of the most dangerous drugs due to what we do not yet know about its effects.”

As an anti-weed advocate, Ed Shemelya has also visited Glasgow, Kentucky, with a similar message.

This time, instead of children, Glasgow Daily Times stated that Shemelya’s audience for his anti-marijuana message was comprised of “law enforcement officials, and others ranged from health educators to youth service and family resource center coordinators.”

Countering anti-weed messages like Ed Shemelya’s are multiple medical marijuana town hall meetings that have been scheduled throughout Kentucky.

According to WSAZ, Justin Lewandoski, a member of the town hall in Paintsville, Kentucky, says the medical marijuana meeting planned for April 20 was meant to educate people by letting people speak about their “experiences with medical marijuana and the relief it provided them.”

While Kentucky is still in the process of potentially voting for medical marijuana, the state continues to prosecute buyers, growers, and distributors. Naturally, keeping marijuana illegal means that budget-strapped Kentucky must pay law enforcement and jails for marijuana arrests.

In addition to the arrests of marijuana growers that know they have THC in their crops, WKYT says that authorities are so overzealous about the illegality of marijuana in Kentucky that they recently burned a crop of commercial hemp because it allegedly had “too much THC.”

Not having legal marijuana in Kentucky also means that the state is targeted for trafficking from outsiders. For example, WKMS reports on April 19 that Kentucky state police arrested a man from Washington state that was trafficking 75-pounds of marijuana through Lyon County.

Kentucky also continues to prosecute marijuana grower John Robert “Johnny” Boone, allegedly the “Godfather” of the Cornbread Mafia. After eluding authorities for almost 10 years, John Boone was finally isolated and captured in 2017.

When John Boone was arrested and convicted in 1988, he went to jail for a decade for having one of the biggest marijuana growing syndicates of all time that had farming operations in almost 30 states, according to U.S. News & World Report.

About the reasons he grew marijuana, John Boone stated the following in federal court when he was sentenced in the late 1980s.

“With the poverty at home [in Kentucky], marijuana is sometimes one of the things that puts bread on the table. We were working with our hands on earth God gave us.”

Updates on Kentucky’s medical marijuana bills can be followed on Legiscan.

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Support Sen. Perry Clark: SB57 and SB76 (2017)

NORML

Legislation filed by Senator Perry Clark of Louisville, SB 57, seeks to establish a statewide, comprehensive medical marijuana program.

Senate Bill 57, The Cannabis Compassion Act, establishes regulations overseeing the establishment of state-licensed dispensaries to provide medical marijuana to qualified patients. It also permits patients to home cultivate their own supply of medical cannabis.

Senator Clark said: “Too many Kentuckians have had their lives stymied with criminal records as a result of nonviolent marijuana convictions. That is wrong. It is time to stop making criminals out of citizens due to outdated and ridiculous laws concerning cannabis.”

Under present state law, the possession of any amount of cannabis is classified as a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to 45 days in jail, a fine, and a criminal record.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have enacted statewide provisions allowing patients access to cannabis therapy. Data from other states finds that the enactment of medical marijuana access is associated with lower rates of opioid abuse and mortality, and does not negatively impact workplace safety, teen use, or motor vehicle safety.

Kentucky patients deserve these same protections.

Click here to contact your Senator and urge their support for this measure.

Additionally, Senator Clark has introduced Senate Bill 76, to legalize the possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for those over the age of 21.

SB 76, the Cannabis Freedom Act, allows adults to possess up to one ounce of cannabis, to cultivate up to five cannabis plants, to store excess cannabis lawfully grown for personal use at the location where it was cultivated; and to transfer up to one ounce of cannabis to another person age 21 or older without remuneration.

Eight states, encompassing some 20 percent of the US population, have enacted similar adult use regulations. 

Click here contact your Senator and urge their support piece of legislation as well.

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https://legiscan.com/KY/research/SB57/2017

https://legiscan.com/KY/bill/SB76/2017