The Continuing Saga of Kentucky Cannabis…

Headlines from the past week on the continuing argument concerning Cannabis “legalization” in Kentucky…Witnesses testify against Kentucky legalizing marijuanaLOUISVILLE (WHAS) -- A proposal to balance Kentucky’s pension crisis with proceeds from pot sales has gained a lot of attention on social media. Thursday it was the focus of a hearing in Frankfort.   Governor Matt Bevin …

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Kentucky’s Crazy Pursuit of 70 Marijuana Plants

By Chris Roberts on September 30, 2017@cbloggyAn ex-sheriff’s former colleagues used the full power of the surveillance state to bust his hemp farm-turned-cannabis grow. Denny Peyman is the former sheriff of Jackson County, a dry county in Kentucky, where fewer than 14,000 souls live in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest. This September, …

Kentucky Hempsters | April 2017

    Springing into hemp season!   April showers mean May planting is right around the corner! We're excited to spring into year four of Kentucky hemp crops, and can't wait to show you the progress that has taken place through the hemp pilot program over the past three seasons! Last month, our state took …

It’s with a great respect for all persons of the Kentucky Hemp Industry that I address you today as the new president of the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association

The KYHIA is pleased to welcome Chad Rosen as our new president. Chad shares his thoughts and thanks you for your support of the Kentucky hemp industry.  It’s with a great respect for all persons of the Kentucky Hemp Industry that I address you today as the new president of the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association. …

Kentucky Cops Confiscate $600k In Marijuana & Brag About It

  Published on Aug 9, 2016 Deputies in Grayson County, Kentucky found more than $600,000 worth of marijuana hidden in a corn field, confiscated it and then left a note stuck in the corn leaves letting the growers know about it. Deputies then started the hashtag #WeGotYoWeed in a Facebook post to taunt the growers... …

Kentucky approves 12,800 acres for hemp planting in 2017, tripling the previous year’s figures

Growers must pass background check WCPO Staff 6:46 AM, Jan 6, 2017 FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has approved 209 applications from growers who have been approved to cultivate up to 12,800 acres of industrial hemp for research purposes in 2017, nearly tripling the number of acres that were approved for …

Kentucky Bill Would Legalize Medical Marijuana, Take Step to Nullify Federal Prohibition

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2016) – A Kentucky Senate bill slated for introduction in 2017 would legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients in the state, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition on the same. Pre-filed by Sen. Perry B. Clark (D-Louisville), BR409 would “protect patients with debilitating medical conditions, as well as their practitioners and …

A Kentucky-based hemp seed grower is the first company to have its seeds approved and officially certified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

    Blair Miller DENVER – A Kentucky-based hemp seed grower is the first company to have its seeds approved and officially certified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Lexington, Kentucky-based Schiavi Seeds LLC had three separate seed varieties certified as CDA Approved Certified Seeds under the new program, which aims to promote hemp agriculture …

KY: Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program now taking applications for 2017

New measures set to enable sustained growth of the program FRANKFORT (October 11, 2016) — Kentuckians interested in participating in the industrial hemp research pilot program in 2017 are invited to submit an application with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. “The pilot research program will continue to build on the successes of the previous administration …

KY Marijuana Eradication; a timeline of news & info; 1990 – 2016

On the 8th of April 2010 the Kentucky Eradication Initiative received a national "Outstanding Task Force" award from the national High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area organization, recognizing them as the number 1 of over 600 other nationwide task forces in marijuana eradication. The Kentucky Eradication Initiative is comprised of personnel from the Kentucky Army National …

2007: Kentucky goes after ‘Marijuana Belt’ growers

(A historical post from 2007 about marijuana eradication in Kentucky)   Posted 9/30/2007 Kentucky state police, National Guard members, Drug Enforcement Administration agents, U.S. Forest Service spotters and others are part of a strike force based in London, Ky., that works dawn to dark to eradicate marijuana harvests. The remote and rugged terrain, including the …

Joint effort: KSP, task force in midst of marijuana eradication

BY GINA KINSLOW gkinslow@glasgowdailytimes.com GLASGOW — The growing season for marijuana is about to come to an end in Kentucky. Marijuana cultivation season begins in mid-spring and lasts until the first frost, which means law enforcement agencies such as the Barren River Drug Task Force and the Kentucky State Police are busy during that time …

Genius Extraction Technologies, a California company the produces hemp and cannabis oil extraction equipment, announced plans to build a new $400,000 hemp processing facility in Winchester

    The Sunday Drive: Kentucky, others getting on board with hemp Posted: Monday, July 11, 2016 11:37 am By Steve Foley The Winchester Sun | 1 comment Section 7606 of the Agricultural Act established in 2014 is quickly making it’s presence felt here in the Bluegrass. That, my friends, is a good thing. The …

Hemp farmer contends harassment at justice center

Sergeant discussed issue with deputies, considers matter closed By JUSTIN STORY jstory@bgdailynews.com   A Bowling Green hemp advocate and business owner claims he was ordered to leave a baseball cap with a hemp leaf logo on it with court security personnel as he entered the Warren County Justice Center on Thursday. Chad Wilson, who owns …

KDA seeks applications for specialty crop projects

    For Immediate Release Thursday, March 3, 2016For more information contact: Angela Blank(502) 573-0450 FRANKFORT, Ky. – Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced that farmers and other eligible applicants in Kentucky may seek funding from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for producing and marketing “specialty crops.” Specialty crops are defined by the U.S. Department of …

The Man Who Brought Hemp to Kentucky (Gatewood Galbraith)

By Sarah Baird on January 12, 2015   After decades of being demonized and damned, hemp is now officially sprouting its way back into Kentucky’s good graces. Since the successful cultivation of the state’s first small-but-mighty legal “research” hemp crop early last year, politicians on both sides of the aisle have been eating hemp bars, …

Kentucky hemp was king before steamships, free trade and reefer madness

Widely used fiber plant was key to Lexington’s early wealth and prosperity Ropewalks and bag factories once stood amid city’s historic neighborhoods FBI later went to UK historians seeking evidence slaves, field hands got high     By Tom Eblen teblen@herald-leader.com   Hemp has been branded an outlaw for decades because it looks like its …

Soon Hemp May Be A Tradable Commodity With Startup Seed CX

by  Erin Griffith @eringriffith February 17, 2016, 1:00 AM EST   You can trade gold and pork belly futures, why not hemp? Raising venture capital is difficult for any first-time founders with a company that hasn’t yet launched. Multiply that by 100 when your startup has any tangential relationship to cannabis. It is no surprise, …

When Woody Harrelson Planted Four Hemp Seeds Thu Apr 03, 2014

On June 1st, 1996, the sun rose lazily over Kentucky’s heartland. Thankfully, it wasn’t mid-summer yet in the Bluegrass State, when the land itself seems to be a source of heat, in addition to a blistering sun. I was in a car with Woody Harrelson, Kentucky hemp activist Joe Hickey and Woody’s attorney, another hemp …

Kentucky "Cannabis Freedom Act" Summary

Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Coalition·Saturday, December 12, 2015   Cannabis Freedom Act Summary Section 1 (New Section of KRS Chapter 245) Definitions Section 2 (New Section of KRS Chapter 245) Personal possession, use, and cultivation limits Persons 21 years and older may: Possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis on their person; Cultivate up to 5 …

KY Senator files "Cannabis Freedom Act" rolling medicinal and recreational use together in one hit

By Brad Bowman, Published: December 12, 2015 3:56PM Democrat Sen. Perry Clark of Louisville has advocated for the legalization of medical marijuana since the last legislative session to this summer at Mensa’s Annual Gathering where he cleared the smoke and myths surrounding marijuana. Friday he filed a bill rolling medical and recreational use in one …

Ky. senator files ‘Cannabis Freedom Act’

4:42 p.m. EST December 11, 2015 FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) - Kentucky Senator Perry B. Clark (D-Louisville) pre-filed an act that would legalize and regulate cannabis in a similar way the Bluegrass State handles alcohol. The bill would repeal Kentucky's prohibition on marijuana cultivation, possession and sale. Instituted in its place would be a "regulatory framework …

Hemp advocates hope to see a resurgence of the crop that’s legal for the first time in decades.

Javier Rodriguez helps harvest some of the 27 acres of hemp on an Andy Graves' farm near Winchester, Ky. GenCanna, which moved to Kentucky from Canada to focus on hemp, harvested the 27 acres of hemp grown this year in Winchester and processed it to produce a kind of powder they plan to sell to …

Stars, Stripes, and Hemp Fly over Capitol

By Tim Marema November 11, 2015 A plant the federal law says is a Schedule I controlled substance was used to make the U.S. flag that will fly over the Capitol on Veterans Day. Industrial hemp could be a boon for small farmers, say proponents, including the U.S. veteran who grew the hemp used to …

Kentucky Farmers Ready for Growth of Hemp Industry

By Janet Patton | November 4, 2015 Tucked away off a narrow country road in Clark County, Kentucky, in the middle of a farm, 27 acres of hemp grew all summer. Now, the plants will be harvested and processed. Kentucky, hailed as a leader by industrial hemp advocates, has grown the hemp. Now the state …

Hemp taking over Kentucky’s tobacco resources; 22 companies investing so far

By Janet Patton jpatton1@herald-leader.com October 25, 2015 WINCHESTER — Tucked away off a narrow country road in Clark County, in the middle of a farm, 27 acres of hemp grew all summer. Now, the plants will be harvested and processed. Kentucky, hailed as a leader by industrial hemp advocates, has grown the hemp. Now the …

Democratic ag commissioner candidate promotes medical marijuana, GMO labeling in first ad

10/22/2015 08:14 PM by Nick Storm • @NickStorm_cn2 Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner Jean-Marie Lawson Spann has released her first ad of the campaign with a focus on a slightly more liberal agenda for the office. Lawson Spann’s ad touts her support for the legalization of medical marijuana “under the strict supervision of a doctor …

Burning Kentucky’s Illegal Weed: A Ride-Along With the Cannabis Cops

There's a corps of Kentucky law officers that enforces marijuana laws, and busts and destroys illegal growing operations throughout the state, with funding from the federal government. In 2009, the Kentucky State Police Cannabis Suppression Branch eradicated 330,699 plants, arrested 483 cultivators, and seized $966,078 in forfeitable assets, according to kentuckystatepolice.org. The busts come even …

2016 Industrial Hemp Project Applications Sought

Applicants must complete an application and submit it to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture no later than Nov. 5, 2015. FRANKFORT, Ky. (WBKO) – Farmers, processors, universities, and others interested in conducting an industrial hemp pilot project in 2016, are invited to apply, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has announced. “The industrial hemp pilot projects have …

The Great Kentucky Hemp Experiment

By Jessica Firger 10/11/15 at 10:05 AM Above:  Western Kentucky University senior Corinn Sprigler helps harvest hemp plants at the WKU Farm in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in September 2014. Hemp potentially could be much more lucrative than tobacco if universities and farmers taking part in the Industrial Hemp Research Program, established by James Comer, Kentucky’s …