Kentucky House Judiciary Committee advances medical cannabis bill! (hb136)

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Kentucky House Judiciary Committee advances medical cannabis bill!

Seriously ill Kentuckians have been waiting long enough — urge your state legislators to support HB 136!

Today, Kentucky’s House Judiciary Committee voted 17-1 to pass HB 136, a bill that would legalize cannabis for medical use. Next the bill will proceed to the full House, where it is expected to receive a vote soon.

Please write your legislators today and urge them to pass this compassionate legislation!

Fifty-one of Kentucky’s 100 state representatives are cosponsors of HB 136, and Gov. Andy Beshear has indicated that he strongly supports medical cannabis.

However, some Senate leaders remain opposed, so the challenge for advocates will be getting a bill through both chambers of the legislature and to the governor’s desk.

It’s critical that legislators hear from their constituents who support medical cannabis. After you write your legislators, please share this message with your friends and family.

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PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT HB136 IS A NON SMOKABLE NON GROWABLE BILL!  IT IS STRICTLY FOR MEDICAL CONSUMPTION ONLY!

“to prohibit smoking of medicinal marijuana;”

“to establish limits on the THC content of medicinal marijuana that can be produced or sold in the state”

“to exempt certain records and information from the disclosure under the Kentucky Open Records Act;”

“to permit an employer to restrict the possession and use of medicinal marijuana by an employee;”

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Sen. Perry Clark introduced SB105 on January 22, 2020 which DOES include adult use, small amounts of growing for personal use as well. Please view the Bill at this link!

“to allow for possession, growth, use, processing, purchasing, transfer, and consumption of cannabis;”

“to establish provisions for personal cultivation;”

“to establish provisions for palliative or therapeutic use of cannabis by persons under the age of 21;”



https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/2019/12/19/2020-kentucky-marijuana-bills/


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KENTUCKY CANNABIS RALLY AT THE ROTUNDA IN FRANKFORT!

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The people of Kentucky, all groups, all BILLS for Cannabis whether it be “Medical” or “Adult Use”, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Independent, are requested to join us in Frankfort Kentucky on March 11, 2020 to show our support for the effort in our State!

Please plan to be there!

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LOCATED AT CAPITOL ROTUNDA

700 CAPITOL AVE

FRANKFORT, KY  40601

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/19rs/hb136.html

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

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/20rs/hb148.html

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

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/20rs/hb236.html

AN ACT relating to hemp and declaring an emergency.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/20rs/hb221.html

AN ACT relating to marijuana possession.

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/20rs/hb102.html

AN ACT relating to employment-related drug screens.

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Florida Man Who Handed Out Free Marijuana “Because It Was Christmas” Got Arrested

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(The AEGIS Alliance) – ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – A Florida man was arrested on Saturday in St. Petersburg by police because he was handing out marijuana for free to people who passed by “because it was Christmas,” WFLA reported.

67 year old Richard Ellis Spurrier was giving away marijuana to people in downtown St. Petersburg according to police. Officers found 45 grams of the narcotic in Mr Spurrier’s possession.

A digital weighing scale was also discovered on Spurrier’s person, along with a prescription bottle that had his name on it, and a glass pipe. Police also discovered a sword that was hidden inside Mr Spurrier’s walking cane.

Mr Spurrier is being charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. Richard Ellis Spurrier was released from police custody on Sunday.

There are some Floridians who seem more than happy to share the green substance when they are in possession of the recreational marijuana.

A man in Flagler County, Florida was placed under arrest back in May of 2019 after telling  police officers, “You gotta smoke a bowl [of weed] with me please,” CBS Miami previously reported.

Mr Arthur Carracino had flagged down officers before telling them that fateful statement and showed off his marijuana plant to them, and admitted he grew the plant, Mr Carracino was then arrested by police.

Medical marijuana in Florida has been legal since 2016, and there is a resolution being proposed to decriminalize it in the amount of 20 gram or less. Florida legislature is expected to vote on the recreational marijuana resolution in 2020.

However, there are those opposed to the proposal of recreational marijuana in Florida. Floridians Against Marijuana, or FARM made an announcement in November that it intends to prevent marijuana legalization in Florida known as “the Sunshine State.”

“Our coalition has come together to defeat this dangerous ballot initiative, which will drive an increase in health care prices, increase costs on businesses and kill jobs and increase the burden on taxpayers that will pay for the costs associated with recreational marijuana,” Brian Swensen said in a news release, the campaign manager for FARM, Tallahassee.com reported.

Unfortunately Florida Senator Marco Rubio also opposed marijuana legalization during his 2016 campaign when he told rally goers he believed “pot is an insidious as alcohol.”

“No one can tell me that alcohol’s had a positive impact on society. “It destroys marriages and lives. It kills people… and now you want to add another intoxicant and make it legal?” Rubio stated.

“There’s no positive impact to using marijuana,” Rubio mentioned. “Now, if there’s a medicinal use, if you can go to the FDA and prove that it helps with medicine, that’s fine. Then turn it into medicine.”

However, the movement for marijuana legalization in Florida continues to gain momentum from its people, and Floridians need to be heard loud and clear on this issue.

Video courtesy of WFLA that initially reported on this story:


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Trump Says He Can Ignore Medical Marijuana Protections Passed By Congress

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President Trump Signs VA Accountability Act

December 21, 2019

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In a statement attached to a large-scale funding bill he signed into law on Friday, President Trump said in effect that he reserves the right to ignore a congressionally approved provision that seeks to protect state medical marijuana laws from federal interference.

Division B, section 531 of the Act provides that the Department of Justice may not use any funds made available under this Act to prevent implementation of medical marijuana laws by various States and territories,” Trump wrote in a signing statement. “My Administration will treat this provision consistent with the President’s constitutional responsibility to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.”

Although the vague language doesn’t directly say he plans to ignore Congress’s will to block Justice Department prosecution of medical cannabis patients and providers, presidents typically use signing statements such as this one to flag provisions of laws they are enacting which they believe could impede on their executive authorities. By calling out the medical marijuana rider, Trump is making clear that his administration believes it can broadly enforce federal drug laws against people complying with state medical marijuana laws even though Congress told him not to.

But it doesn’t necessarily mean that a crackdown is on the way.

The administration hasn’t carried out any major enforcement activities against state-legal marijuana businesses since taking office, in accordance with Trump’s campaign pledges that he would respect the right of states to enact their own cannabis laws without federal interference. That also goes for recreational policies and businesses that aren’t even covered under the congressionally adopted rider, which has been part of federal law since 2014.

It is the third time Trump has said in a signing statement that his administration doesn’t necessarily have to abide by the medical marijuana provision. He included similar language when signing off on annual appropriations bills last year and in 2017, though he did not do so in 2018.

In August, the president reiterated his support for letting states legalize cannabis without federal interference.

“It’s a very big subject and right now we are allowing states to make that decision,” Trump said. “A lot of states are making that decision, but we’re allowing states to make that decision.”

Last year, when asked about separate pending congressional legislation that would more broadly exempt state-legal marijuana activity from the federal Controlled Substances Act, he said he “really” supports the bill.

Given the president’s consistently voiced support for respecting state cannabis laws, it’s not clear why he has gone out of his way to reserve his right to ignore the medical marijuana rider on a near-annual basis.

Among the handful of other provisions Trump singled out in his new signing statement are ones dealing with the closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, restrictions on diplomatic activities and the dissemination of information that may be protected by executive privilege.

The Fiscal Year 2020 funding bill that Trump signed into law on Friday does not contain a broader rider seeking to shield all state marijuana laws—including those that allow recreational use and sales—that had been approved by the House of Representatives earlier this year. It, along with another provision that would have protected banks that serve state-legal cannabis businesses from federal punishment, was dropped from the final legislation in bicameral negotiations with the Senate.

Congressional leaders did include several cannabis-related provisions in a report attached to the legislation, though, such as language directing the Food and Drug Administration to formulate a policy of enforcement discretion for CBD products and requiring the National Institute on Drug Abuse to compile a report on the barriers that the Schedule I status of drugs including marijuana places in front of scientific research.

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https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/2014/10/15/lets-talk-about-corporate-cannabis/

https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/2015/05/08/and-all-the-green-fields-will-runneth-red-with-blood/

https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/2015/07/09/conflicting-federal-laws-beg-to-differ-on-marijuana-enforcement/

https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/2015/10/26/rights-and-freedoms-may-in-no-case-be-exercised-contrary-to-purposes-and-principles-of-the-united-nations-how-the-united-nations-is-stealing-our-unalienable-rights-to-grow/


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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All!

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USMjParty Christmas 2019

Praying for PEACE on EARTH,

Good Will to ALL,

That OUR Nation will HEAL,

Once and FOR ALL,

Let COMPASSION light your way,

Every single DAY,

LOVE ALL your Brothers and Sisters,

Because OUR FATHER intended it that way,

Do not forget those most FORGOTTEN,

On this day of remembrance,

Embrace one another,

AND

Pray for PEACE,

To OUR Heavenly Father,

Whose day of birth, which we celebrate,

By giving “presents” to each other?

It’s time that we, as his Children,

Give the gift to OUR Father….

PEACE to ALL

and

ALL for PEACE!

Much LOVE to ALL,

No matter your beliefs!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


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Decatur police training officers to draw blood for marijuana testing

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by: Cole Henke

Posted: Dec 16, 2019 / 12:33 PM CST / Updated: Dec 16, 2019 / 12:33 PM CST

DECATUR, Ill. (NEXSTAR) — Police across the state are looking for an admissible test, like a breathalyzer, to test for those driving high, once marijuana is legalized.

Until then, Decatur police will use a different method. They will test your blood.

The officers began their training last year, well before the state legalized pot.

If an officer suspects someone is driving high, they can bring them in, and if the person gives permission they can draw their blood for testing. The tests would check for THC content, rather than traces of marijuana. THC leaves the blood much quicker, signs of the drug as a whole, which can stay in the blood for weeks.

The person who was pulled over can refuse the blood test, but that has consequences similar to refusing to take a breathalyzer test.

Sangamon County Jack Campbell said he will not be training any of his officers in phlebotomy. He does believe that there needs to be a test, or else law enforcement won’t be able to curtail what he expects to be a substantial uptick in DUI’s.

So far, Decatur police have only trained a few officers to draw blood. The process is expensive, but as more money becomes available, they said they will send more to training.

That won’t be the only new method Decatur police will be using to patrol the streets. The Decatur Police Department received a $500,000 donation from the Howard Buffett foundation. That money will be used to hire a new officer that is solely focused on catching drivers who are under the influence.

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My comment:

So this is legalization?  …and freedom to use recreational Cannabis? ….

The Government effectively owns your body and your mind.  You have absolutely no privacy.  Even if a crime has not been committed you are guilty until you can manage to prove yourself not guilty….Just think what this could lead to….in effect already has.  Blood testing is really not a new thing…to prove intoxication.

LEGALIZE = LEGAL LIES…

BEWARE OF NEW “LEGALIZATION” LAWS…THEY ARE NOT OUT TO GIVE YOU FREEDOM – THEY ARE OUT TO CONTROL YOU AND CAGE YOU!

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Agencies clarify requirements for providing financial services to hemp-related businesses

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From Board of Governors Federal Reserve System

Agencies clarify requirements for providing financial services to hemp-related businesses

December 3, 2019 

WASHINGTON-Four federal agencies in conjunction with the state bank regulators today issued a statement clarifying the legal status of hemp growth and production and the relevant requirements under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) for banks providing services to hemp-related businesses.

The statement emphasizes that banks are no longer required to file suspicious activity reports (SAR) for customers solely because they are engaged in the growth or cultivation of hemp in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. For hemp-related customers, banks are expected to follow standard SAR procedures, and file a SAR if indicia of suspicious activity warrants.

This statement provides banks with background information on the legal status of hemp, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) interim final rule on the production of hemp, and the BSA considerations when providing banking services to hemp-related businesses.

This statement also indicates that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will issue additional guidance after further reviewing and evaluating the USDA interim final rule.

The statement was issued by the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FinCEN, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors. Banks can contact the USDA, state departments of agriculture, and tribal governments with further questions regarding the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) and its implementing regulations.

Joint Guidance on Providing Financial Services to Customers Engaged in Hemp-Related Businesses (PDF)

For Federal Reserve Board media inquiries please contact Darren Gersh at 202-452-2955.

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House Judiciary Passes MORE Act to Decriminalize Marijuana at Federal Level

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Nov 20, 2019

Washington, D.C. –Today, the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, by a vote of 24-10. The MORE Act is one of the most comprehensive marijuana reforms bills ever introduced in the U.S. Congress. The MORE Act aims to correct the historical injustices of failed drug policies that have disproportionately impacted communities of color and low-income communities by decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level, reassessing marijuana convictions, and investing in local communities. U.S. Senator Kamala Harris introduced the companion bill in the Senate.

Yesterday, Chairman Nadler and other Members of Congress held a press conference to highlight the legislation. Watch here.

“I have long believed that the criminalization of marijuana has been a mistake, and the racially disparate enforcement of marijuana laws has only compounded this mistake,” said Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). “While states have led the way in reform, our federal laws have not kept pace with the obvious need for change. With the passage of the MORE Act today, the Judiciary Committee has taken long overdue steps to address the devastating injustices caused by the War on Drugs and to finally decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.”
“As more states legalize marijuana, millions of Americans with marijuana-related convictions continue to face overwhelming barriers to jobs, education, and housing,” said Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA). “That is why we must act to remove the burden of marijuana convictions and make sure these individuals have the support needed to move forward. It is also critical that everyone — especially people of color who have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs — has a real opportunity to participate in this growing industry. This is a matter of racial and economic justice. I am grateful for Chairman Nadler’s partnership on this issue and for his leadership in moving this legislation forward. I look forward to the House of Representatives passing our legislation soon.”

“This is an incredible step forward in righting the wrongs of the failed and racist War on Drugs. The federal government has lagged behind as states continue to modernize how we regulate and decriminalize cannabis. As Co-Chair of the bipartisan Cannabis Caucus, I’ll keep pushing to ensure Congress makes our cannabis policies are fair, equitable, and inclusive,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA). “I applaud Chairman Nadler for his leadership, and look forward to seeing the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment & Expungement (MORE) Act get a vote on the House floor.”

“This will be one of the most historic events in our movement,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). “The MORE Act is the most comprehensive cannabis legislation to date. I am proud to have worked with Chairman Nadler to develop this bill and applaud his leadership to bring it in front of the committee. This is a major step forward. We are making outstanding progress in our blueprint to end the federal prohibition of cannabis and address the injustice brought on by the war on drugs.”

“With today’s mark-up of the MORE Act, the United States is coming one step closer to ending the devastating harms of marijuana prohibition, which have fallen so heavily on Black and Brown people,” said Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno, Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance. “This legislation won’t make up for the full scale of harm that prohibition has caused to its victims. It’s not going to return anyone their lost dreams, time lost at the mercy of the criminal justice system; or the years spent away from their families. But this legislation is the closest we’ve come yet to not only ending those harms at the federal level, but also beginning to repair them. Now it’s up to Congress to do the right thing and swiftly pass the bill to ensure justice is not delayed a moment longer.”
“We’re thrilled that House Judiciary made history today by voting the MORE Act out of Committee,” said Ed Chung, Vice President for Criminal Justice Reform at American Progress. “This represents a significant victory for marijuana reform and for communities of color that have borne the brunt of this country’s punitive drug enforcement policies. The House must build on today’s momentum and swiftly move the MORE Act to the floor for a vote from the full body. Congress has an extraordinary opportunity to ensure equity leads today’s marijuana reform policy.”

“The House Judiciary Committee’s consideration of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act is a significant step towards ending the failed war on drugs and correcting some of the harms that it has caused,” said Charlotte Resing, Policy Analyst, ACLU. “The bill not only deschedules marijuana at the federal level, but it also provides a roadmap for states to legalize in a just and equitable manner. The MORE Act also provides resentencing and expungement for those with marijuana convictions and mandates the inclusion of those most impacted by the criminalization of marijuana in the newly legal marijuana industry. The ACLU is pleased to support the MORE Act and its efforts to counter the over-criminalization, over policing, and mass incarceration stemming from the war on drugs.”

“The passage of the MORE Act represents the first time that the Judiciary Committee has ever had a successful vote to end the cruel policy of marijuana criminalization,” said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. “Not only does the bill reverse the failed prohibition of cannabis, but it provides pathways for opportunity and ownership in the emerging industry for those who have suffered most. In 2018 alone, over 663,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana related crimes, a three-year high. Now that Chairman Nadler has moved the MORE Act through committee, it is time for the full House to vote and have every member of Congress show their constituents which side of history they stand on.”

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act:

  • Decriminalizes marijuana at the federal level by removing the substance from the Controlled Substances Act. This applies retroactively to prior and pending convictions, and enables states to set their own policy.
  • Requires federal courts to expunge prior convictions, allows prior offenders to request expungement, and requires courts, on motion, to conduct re-sentencing hearings for those still under supervision.
  • Authorizes the assessment of a 5% sales tax on marijuana and marijuana products to create an Opportunity Trust Fund, which includes three grant programs:
    • The Community Reinvestment Grant Program: Provides services to the individuals most adversely impacted by the War on Drugs, including job training, re-entry services, legal aid, literacy programs, youth recreation, mentoring, and substance use treatment. 
    • The Cannabis Opportunity Grant Program: Provides funds for loans to assist small businesses in the marijuana industry that are owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
    • The Equitable Licensing Grant Program: Provides funds for programs that minimize barriers to marijuana licensing and employment for the individuals most adversely impacted by the War on Drugs.
  • Opens up Small Business Administration funding for legitimate cannabis-related businesses and service providers.
  • Provides non-discrimination protections for marijuana use or possession, and for prior convictions for a marijuana offense:
    • Prohibits the denial of any federal public benefit (including housing) based on the use or possession of marijuana, or prior conviction for a marijuana offense.
    • Provides that the use or possession of marijuana, or prior conviction for a marijuana offense, will have no adverse impact under the immigration laws.
  • Requires the Bureau of Labor Statistics to collect data on the demographics of the industry to ensure people of color and those who are economically disadvantaged are participating in the industry.

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SOURCE

S. 2227: MORE Act of 2019

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dpa: “ In an unprecedented move, the House Judiciary Committee will vote on the MORE Act this Wednesday.”

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Above:  Link to Press Conference

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUEST!!!

From Drug Policy Alliance,

I want to make sure you didn’t miss the huge news in my email below. Tomorrow will go down in history as the closest we’ve come to ending federal marijuana prohibition and repairing the harms it’s causing to our communities.

The House Judiciary Committee will vote on the MORE Actthe first time ever a marijuana legalization bill has advanced this far federally. Please take action to help us make history and move the MORE Act onto the House floor.

PLEASE SEND A MESSAGE TO YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS!

DPA and supporters like you have spearheaded this groundbreaking bill from the beginning. This morning, our Executive Director Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno spoke with sponsors Rep. Jerry Nadler and Rep. Barbara Lee at a press conference about this pivotal moment.

Marijuana prohibition is harming us all, falling especially heavily on Black and Brown people. But together, we’re moving the MORE Act forward to end the federal war on marijuana and right the wrongs of prohibition.

Tune in with me and watch this crucial vote here. I’ll be in touch tomorrow and am hopeful we’ll make history!

SOURCE: 

Drug Policy Alliance
131 West 33rd St., 15th Floor New York, NY 10001

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/BILLS-116s2227is/pdf/BILLS-116s2227is.pdf

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