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Legislation to legalize medical marijuana overwhelmingly clears House committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Legislation to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky easily won passage in a House committee on Wednesday. “We want to get this to as many sick people as we possibly can,” said Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, the main sponsor of the bill, which has undergone much fine-tuning before coming before the House Judiciary Committee. “As part of that, 13.5 percent of the...

Poll finds Kentucky adults overwhelmingly favor legalizing medical marijuana; bill looms this week

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As lawmakers move close to legalizing medical marijuana in Kentucky, a new poll shows that an overwhelming number of Kentucky adults would support such a measure, and that a solid majority would approve legalizing the drug under any circumstance. The latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll found that nine in 10 of adults in the state favor legalizing marijuana for...

Momentum continues building across party lines to abolish the death penalty in Kentucky

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Thirty lawmakers from all sides of the political spectrum are co-sponsoring a bill to abolish the death penalty in Kentucky. While House Bill 115 languishes in the House Judiciary Committee, supporters say the high number of sponsors indicates views on capital punishment in the state are shifting. Aaron Bentley is chair of the Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the...

House committee unanimously endorses medical marijuana, but Senate, waning session stand in way

With a resounding 16-1 vote, a House committee approved a bill this week to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, but it seems unlikely to become law, given opposition in the Senate and the fact that only five days remain in the legislative session. House Bill 136, green-lighted by the Judiciary Committee, “would legalize the sale of medical marijuana in Kentucky through state-licensed dispensaries,”...

Kentucky House Judicary Committee votes to advance amended medicinal marijuana legislation

By a vote of 16-1-1, the House Judiciary Committee has voted along bipartisan lines to approve a measure that would make Kentucky the 34th state in the nation to legalize medical marijuana. HB 136, sponsored by Rep. Diane St. Onge of Fort Wright and Rep. Jason Nemes of Louisville, is aimed at helping Kentuckians find relief from the pain often associated with chronic illnesses. “This consensus legislation...

Measure to add first responders to hate crime law approved by House Judiciary Committee

Police, fire fighters and emergency medical services personnel would be added to those protected under Kentucky’s hate crime statute if a bill passed by a House committee Wednesday becomes law. Under House Bill 14, sponsored by House Majority Whip Kevin Bratcher, R-Louisville, those who assault, kidnap, or commit certain other violent offenses against first responders could face stricter sentencing...