Kentucky is getting back into the private prison business

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky is getting back into the private prison business.State officials have signed a contract with CoreCivic to reopen the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville. The prison will house about 800 inmates currently housed at the Kentucky State Reformatory in La Grange.CoreCivic is based in Nashville, Tennessee, and was previously known as …

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The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and Operation UNITE are launching a new substance abuse call center that will connect people across the state with drug treatment, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Woody Maglinger502-564-2611Woody.Maglinger@ky.gov*Correction: The helpline will go live on Dec. 1, 2017.Gov. Matt Bevin, Justice Cabinet and Operation UNITE Unveil New Drug Treatment HelplineThe KY Help Call Center will connect people with resources statewideFRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 17, 2017) - The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and Operation UNITE are launching a new …

Burying our heads in the weeds

By Aaron YarmuthWe have a weed crisis in this country.Weed needs to be legalized as soon as possible. Nationally, sure. But in Kentucky, a poor state with a pension crisis, there should be no hesitation in mining this (green) gold rush.For the first time, real data proves that the weed industry is an emerging economic …

(KY) "Medical marijuana is what’s achievable and it’s what can help the most people the most quickly,"

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Medicinal marijuana is already legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia, and a group of Kentuckians is hoping to add the Bluegrass State to the list."Medical marijuana is what's achievable and it's what can help the most people the most quickly," Mike Ward said.Among those advocating for the legalization …

Kentucky must legalize medical marijuana in 2018, secretary of state says

Thomas Novelly, Louisville Courier JournalCould legal medical marijuana be on the horizon in Kentucky? Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Wednesday she wants to legalize medical marijuana in the Bluegrass State by 2018. A task force, led by Grimes, will also study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes. In a statement, Grimes …

Land policies to be tested in Bundy standoff trial in Vegas

FILE - In this April 12, 2014, file photo rancher Cliven Bundy, top center, addresses his supporters along side Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, right, while being guarded by self-described militia members in the foreground. Twice federal prosecutors in Las Vegas have failed to win full convictions of men who had guns during an April …

“We strongly urge the Department of Veteran Affairs and Kentucky Assembly to actively support passage of a strong comprehensive medical cannabis bill as soon as possible…”

Thomas Tony Vance added 2 new photos.8 mins · On this Veterans Day I would like to strongly urge the both the Veterans Administration and the Kentucky State Assembly, that with an estimated 750,000 cases of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, among the Veteran population, they should seriously consider Veteran access to cannabis. Veteran’s organizations are …

Colorado girl suing U.S. attorney general to legalize medical marijuana nationwide

Posted 9:24 pm, November 9, 2017, by Rob Low, LARKSPUR, Colo. -- Alexis Bortell is hardly the first child whose family moved to Colorado for access to medical marijuana.But the 12-year-old is the first Colorado kid to sue U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions over the nation's official marijuana policy."As the seizures got worse, we had to …

“Using medical cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation in accordance with state law is no excuse for failing a drug test…”

Feds Clarify: Medical Marijuana Isn’t An Excuse In Drug TestingPublished 4 hours ago on November 10, 2017 By Tom AngellUsing medical cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation in accordance with state law is no excuse for failing a drug test, the Trump administration says in a new clarification of federal rules.“The term ‘prescription’ has become more …

NJ Weedman not guilty on 1 witness tampering count, jury hung on 2nd

By Olivia RizzoFor NJ.com TRENTON -- A jury on Thursday found Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion not guilty of the more serious witness tampering crime he was charged with, and was hung on a second count of the same charge.The marijuana advocate was visibly excited with the outcome.Once the jury had cleared the court, Forchion raised …

"It’s the height of hypocrisy,"…

FDA Is Open To Medical Marijuana For Vets, But Other Agencies Stand In The WayMona Zhang , ContributorDr. Sue Sisley, a medical marijuana researcher, speaks at the Arizona Secretary of State's Office Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at the Capitol in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned cannabidiol producers against …

Fresh crop: Wilson among Kentucky’s new hemp farmers

Chad Wilson of Cave City stands next a row of industrial hemp he is growing on his farm called the Sacred Seed Farm. He is growing hemp for the cannabidiol or CDB, which is extracted from the plant and can be used to treat certain illnesses. Gina Kinslow / Glasgow Daily Times BY GINA KINSLOW …

Researcher and Activist Bob Melamede Considers Marijuana a Miracle Drug

by Ken Picard November 08, 2017 Bob Melamede was pissed off, which seemed out of character for a laid-back guy who laughs a lot. Plus, he'd begun the day as he always does — by ingesting 80 to 100 milligrams of oil containing tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. That's enough THC to leave most …

Thorne Peters and Rebecca Forbes discuss “No Mens Rae” and her charge of Cannabis possession

http://www.thornepeters.com/nomensrea.htmlLISTEN to CANNABIS Advocate Rebecca Forbes who stood up to the Court, the prosecution and her own lawyer with the lawful offensive of NO MENS REA against her CANNABIS Prohibition charge and set herself FREE! #NOMENSREAAdditional Video…Thorne Peters SPEAK NOT ON POT!!!!!! JUST SAY: ‘NO MENS REA” then STFU! We don’t need no LEGISLATION! We …

(…the most important thing I can tell you is…) Invoke Your Rights During Police Encounters

(THIS APPLIES TO ALL FIFTY+ STATES)Keary Prophet·Tuesday, November 7, 2017STOP: TO ALL POLICE, LAW ENFORCEMENT, OFFICERS AND/OR AGENTS OF THE LOCAL, STATE OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S PLEASE TAKE NOTICE AND BE ADVISED. I DO NOT AGREE NOR CONSENT TO THIS CONTACT WITH YOU. *PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME ANY QUESTIONS OR REQUEST ANY INFORMATION FROM ME …

Police from a dozen agencies will use handheld devices to test drivers’ saliva for use of several drugs under a pilot program in five Michigan counties.

Roadside drug tests to check for marijuana, cocaine, opiates and moreBy Brad Devereauxbdeverea@mlive.comPolice from a dozen agencies will use handheld devices to test drivers' saliva for use of several drugs under a pilot program in five Michigan counties.The Michigan State Police announced Thursday, Nov. 2, it will carry out a one-year roadside drug testing pilot …

On Tuesday, October 24, 10-year-old Rosa Maria Hernandez was en route to an emergency gallbladder surgery when the ambulance carrying her was stopped at an immigration checkpoint

Release 10-Year-Old Rosa MariaRosa Maria was taken by border patrol after seeking medical care. Call the Office of Refugee Resettlement today and demand they release her back to her family immediately.On Tuesday, October 24, 10-year-old Rosa Maria Hernandez was en route to an emergency gallbladder surgery when the ambulance carrying her was stopped at an …

“The US decision to exit UNESCO is a concrete example of the current administration’s contempt for journalism and press freedom,“

Press freedom organisations condemn US withdrawal from UNESCOARTICLE 19 13 Oct 2017ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemn the decision by the US government to end its membership of the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), effective 31 December 2018. It is a serious blow to the …

Zero Cosponsors: Artificial Intelligence Gives Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 Just 1% Chance

Don Fitch | October 4, 2017The Marijuana Justice Act of 2017, introduced by New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker, is exactly the criminal justice and health legislation this country so needs. Much like Bernie Sander’s bill in the last Congress, this act would not reschedule, but actually deschedule cannabis out of the Controlled Substance Act …

Lab Testing Reveals Enviro Textile’s Hemp Fabric Stops the Spread of Staph Bacteria

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate ReleaseJune 19th, 2013Glenwood Springs, CO Lab Testing Reveals EnviroTextile’s Hemp Fabric Stops the Spread of Staph BacteriaHemp Marches Towards Military and Health Care ApplicationsRampant staph infections continue to cost lives unnecessarily.  One powerful weapon to fight this scourge is being successfully deployed by China’s military: industrial hemp.  Staph is spread …

UofL’s ‘energy crops’ harvested for research

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov, 1, 2017) – Someday, a 3-D printed medical implant made from hemp oil may save your life, or a hemp-based biofuel may power your vehicle.Those are just the tip of the iceberg of possible outcomes of work being done at the University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, where on …

FDA News Release FDA warns companies marketing unproven products, derived from marijuana, that claim to treat or cure cancer

For Immediate ReleaseNovember 1, 2017ReleaseAs part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers from health fraud, the agency today issued warning letters to four companies illegally selling products online that claim to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure cancer without evidence to support these outcomes. Selling these unapproved products with unsubstantiated …

H.R.2936 – Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017

PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION!We received confirmation that a full floor vote on H.R. 2936, the so-called Resilient Federal Forests Act, will take place on Wednesday or Thursday.  The bill is sponsored by Representative Bruce Westerman of Arkansas, who’s largest campaign donor is the timber industry. The bill radically changes how our public …

(KY) Representative To File Bill Allowing Counties To Decide On Marijuana Legalization

  (LEX 18) A press release from the campaign manager for Representative Dan Johnson of Bullitt County said that he is filing a bill for the 2018 General Assembly that if passed, would allow local jurisdictions to hold local option elections to decide whether to allow marijuana growth, possession, and distribution. "A lot of people want …

Msgt. Thomas Vance: (KY) Pot Legalization Opponents Looking Desperate

(From Msgt. Thomas Tony Vance via Facebook comes the following opinion)There was a Kentucky Assembly Joint Interim hearing of the Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee held on 12 October 2017. There was short notice of the hearing and the main topic was cannabis legalization as it relates to Public Protection. All of the …

“…the riskiest pot is coming from the black market—which could be an argument for expanding legalization”

Marijuana: Why Dangerously Potent Pot Is Making People Lose Their Minds and MemoriesBy Jessica Firger On 10/19/17 at 4:44 PM High-potency pot is causing psychiatric issues, including addiction and memory problems. New strains of the recreational drug have higher levels of the active chemical and not enough of another compound that keeps the drug safe. …

NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING…

An update on my Daughter, Francis’s death…  Happier times…There used to be a poster hanging on the wall, outside the Kitchen at our old house.  It read,NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING!orYOU WILL MAKE AN “ASS” out of “U” AND “ME”That was the first thing that I thought of after reading the Autopsy and Toxicology Reports for Francis …

When it comes to legalizing pot… WWBD?

By Erica RuckerKentucky, your governor is a fool. The pension crisis — among the nation’s worst — is a defining issue in Kentucky. So… WWBD? What will Gov. Matt Bevin do? What has he done? Not much.One thing is certain: He will keep repeating the phrase “a sucker’s bet,” and do little else besides cut …

Appeal filed in dismissal of medial marijuana lawsuit​

FRANKFORT, Ky. —Plaintiffs appealed a Kentucky court ruling throwing out their lawsuit to legalize medical marijuana.Last month, a Franklin Circuit judge dismissed the lawsuit against Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear.While the judge acknowledged marijuana has the potential for medial use, he said it is up to the legislature to decide the issue.In …