What is ALEC?

About ALEC The American Legislative Exchange Council is America’s largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. ALEC's activities, while legal,[14] received public scrutiny after being reported by liberal groups in 2011 and after news reports from outlets such as The New York Times …

“He told me he would have some respect for states’ right on these things,”

“He told me he would have some respect for states’ right on these things,” Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), told Politico. “And so I’ll be very unhappy if the federal government decides to go into Colorado and Washington and all of these places. And that’s not [what] my interpretation of my conversation with him was. That …

Fentanyl crackdown bill clears House committee

For Immediate Release February 16, 2017 Fentanyl crackdown bill clears House committee FRANKFORT—A bill that would make it a felony to illegally sell or distribute any amount of fentanyl, carfentanil and related drugs tied to an increase in drug overdoses in Kentucky has passed the House Judiciary Committee. Trafficking in any amount of fentanyl, a …

Neil Gorsuch & Marijuana: What Are His Views on Legalization?

By Stephanie Dube Dwilson President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, hails from Colorado, a state known for marijuana legalization and being a strong proponent of state’s rights over the federal government. Has Gorsuch said anything about his views on legalization? Here’s what you need to know. There’s really not a lot to go …

There are three ways to revoke a US president’s executive orders, and they rarely succeed

On Monday (Jan. 30), Sally Yates was fired from her position as acting US attorney general almost immediately after instructing the justice department not to defend president Donald Trump’s new immigration policies in court. Yates said she was not convinced that defending the executive order that establishes those policies was consistent with her responsibility to …

McConnell Congratulates President Trump

  ‘I think it’s important for all Americans — regardless of party — to remember the significance of Inauguration Day, as we celebrate our nation’s rich electoral tradition and begin to move our country forward together.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor …

Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (hereafter known as the Patriot Act, because that name is long and dumb)

Data shows Patriot Act used more often to justify drug warrants, not terrorism ones by Miranda Nelson on September 8th, 2011 at 11:24 AM   New York Magazine has put out an incredibly detailed compendium of 9/11 information on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the attacks that left over 3,000 people dead. The …

Cannabis convict Eddy Lepp free from prison

Lepp, age 64, hailed as a “marijuana martyr” by supporters   By Lisa M. Krieger | lkrieger@bayareanewsgroup.com PUBLISHED: December 7, 2016 at 9:59 am | UPDATED: December 8, 2016 at 9:16 am     SAN FRANCISCO — Free after eight years of federal imprisonment, one of the nation’s most celebrated cannabis convicts came home to …

P3 update delivered to state lawmakers at Kentucky Horse Park

    For Immediate Release October 20, 2016 P3 update delivered to state lawmakers at Kentucky Horse Park LEXINGTON—Three attorneys from different state government agencies gave lawmakers a look today at how Kentucky’s new public-private partnership law will be put to use. The attorneys—one from the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, one from the Finance …

A Libertarian View of Cannabis and Drugs

by Keith Preston • Police State/Civil Liberties, Therapeutic State, Uncategorized • Tags: war on drugs By Sean Gabb Libertarian Alliance (Written early in the 21st century for a Roger Scruton publication) The libertarian position on drugs is simply stated. People should have the right to do with themselves as they please. This necessarily includes the …

9 States to Vote Soon on Expanding Legal Access to Marijuana

By paul elias and david crary, associated press SAN FRANCISCO — Sep 28, 2016, 2:35 AM ET From California, with its counterculture heritage, to the fishing ports and mill towns of Maine, millions of Americans in nine states have a chance to vote Nov. 8 on expanding legal access to marijuana. Collectively, the ballot measures …

Debate on Foreign Policy, War and Peace, scheduled for September 30th in Lexington and will include Democrat, Republican, Green Party and Libertarian Party Leaders in Kentucky

Debate in LEXINGTON KENTUCKY: Foreign Policy, War and Peace           See Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1804070499806582/ The panel debate will be on Friday, September 30 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in Lexington on the campus of the Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC) on Cooper Drive - Oswald Bldg. Auditorium, Room 230. …

Jesse Ventura Calls For Legalizing All Drugs

VIDEO AT THIS LINK By Jason Devaney   |   Thursday, 08 Sep 2016 04:54 PM Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura wants to see marijuana and every other drug made legal in order to regulate them better. During a series of interviews with Newsmax TV, Ventura — the author of the book "Marijuana Manifesto" — said Wednesday …

The DEA has filed notice of intent to add Kratom to schedule 1

  Various forms of kratom and teas made from the plant’s leaves are sold in cafes and on the internet. Their primary effect is to provide a short-lived peaceful and calm feeling that is described as pleasant. Consistent with this effect being opioid-like, anecdotal reports indicate that some users have used kratom to successfully recover …

Geoff Young filed a civil lawsuit against the Kentucky Democratic Party, the Fayette County Democratic Party, and five powerful Democrats yesterday…

Media Release – For Immediate Release – August 20, 2016     Lexington, KY Geoff Young, a Lexington politician who lost the Democratic primary for the U.S. House of Representatives in Kentucky's 6th District to Rev. Nancy Jo Kemper on May 17, filed a civil lawsuit against the Kentucky Democratic Party, the Fayette County Democratic …

(VT) Cris Ericson, Democratic party candidate for governor, will participate in debate, July 21st

  Cris Ericson 29 mins · Cris Ericson, Democratic party candidate for governor, will participate in debate. http://www.fola.us/ FOLA Features Gubernatorial Candidates Forum July 21 FOLA will sponsor a gubernatorial candidates forum on Thursday, July 21 at 7 PM at the Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium. All candidates for Governor who are running in contested party …

“We’re on the ballot in all 50 states,” he noted. “This is for real.”

  Gary Johnson, the former Republican governor of New Mexico turned Libertarian Party nominee for president, has no qualms about possibly costing either of the major parties the White House this fall. “I will lose no sleep if that is the label given to me,” Johnson assured those gathered at the National Press Club on …

Donors flocked to Matt Bevin after he won election

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin delivers his budget before a joint legislative session in the House Chambers at the Kentucky State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, in Frankfort, Ky. Bevin’s first budget won’t take effect until July 1, but the new governor is not waiting to slash government spending. Timothy D. Easley Associated Press By John …

Another push for medical pot in Indiana not likely to work

Odds against Indiana legislators backing medical marijuana Posted: Sunday, January 3, 2016 5:00 am | Updated: 5:14 pm, Sun Jan 3, 2016. By Jeff Parrott South Bend Tribune Posted on Jan 3, 2016 by Jeff Parrott The husband and father was near death from Crohn’s Disease in 2009.... Over a three-month period, his weight dropped …

Many ways for citizens to follow (Kentucky) General Assembly’s 2016 session

For Immediate Release January 5, 2016 FRANKFORT – When the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives are gaveled into order at noon today, Kentuckians will have many ways to stay connected to action throughout the 2016 legislative session. The Kentucky Legislature Home Page (www.lrc.ky.gov) is updated daily to provide the latest legislative information. Web surfers …

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 …

US built ‘equivalent of 10 Keystones’ since 2010 – report

Critical reaction to President Barack Obama’s blocking of the Keystone XL pipeline from the oil industry amounted to a shrug, perhaps because the US has constructed enough pipeline in the last five years to equal 10 Keystone projects, a new report stated. Keystone XL’s “deliberation process has gone on so long that the market has …

All roads in Kentucky lead you through Hell

      Subtitle:  How to age quickly and retire early from a life of Activism in Cannabis – via the DEA Subtitle:  How to become a criminal vs. a patient in need of their medication…   May 7th, 2015   I really hate writing about myself.  I rarely do and when I do it …

Lawmakers, sign on now, to repeal the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA).

JackieTreehorn Joined: Sep 2005 TX, USA Posted: 10/20/2008 3:04:42 PM EDT Lawmakers, sign on now, to repeal the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 (CSA). Without this authority, the ill-conceived War On Drugs (WOD) stops in its tracks. No one has talked about the War On Drugs for a long time. It has not gone away. …

NORML Hesitantly Backs Ohio Legalization Initiative

A campaign to legalize medical and recreational cannabis in Ohio has garnered a big endorsement from NORML, but the marijuana lobbying organization isn’t thrilled with a key business-related aspect of the measure. NORML decided to get behind Issue 3, the legalization measure being pushed by Responsible Ohio. However, it expressed concern that the initiative calls …

the last union mine in Kentucky has been shut down

By Dylan Lovan The Associated Press Posted Sep. 5, 2015 at 1:03 PM Updated Sep 5, 2015 at 1:04 PM   HARLAN, Ky. — Kentucky coal miners bled and died to unionize. Their workplaces became war zones, and gun battles once punctuated union protests. In past decades, organizers have been beaten, stabbed and shot while …

Ron Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Campaign Against Rand Paul

In his pursuit of the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Rand Paul has made sure to put lots of distance between himself and his father—and Dad appears to be firing back. Ron Paul does not approve of his son Rand Paul’s position on the Iran deal, and he let him know Thursday evening in a speech …

Ohio election officials warned about pro-marijuana group’s voter registrations

By Jackie Borchardt, Northeast Ohio Media Group Email the author | Follow on Twitter on June 17, 2015 at 2:38 PM, updated June 17, 2015 at 7:02 PM COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted on Wednesday advised election officials to "carefully analyze" new voter registrations being submitted by The Strategy Network, which …

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: An Alliance of Money Over Guns

By Matthew Cooper 4/24/15 at 6:45 AM Congress and the presidential candidates are weighing in on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But what is this trade deal, and what are its prospects? Well, the TPP promises to be one of Washington’s most contentious fights during this Congress. But in an unusual way. Most business interests, Republicans …

Marijuana Reform Activists Push for Change with DEA Head

Maya Rhodan @m_rhodan 1:54 PM ET       And the resignation of Chief of Administration Michele Leonhart offers the chance for change Marijuana legalization advocates are excited about the departure of Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, whom they long considered an obstruction in their goal of reforming the nation’s drug …