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Danesh Mazloomdoost: Patients deserve further research on affects of cannabis-based medication

As a physician specializing in pain and regenerative medicine, I see pain on the front lines and understand how debilitating it can be. I read and recognize the potential value of specific parts of cannabis, however, marijuana as a whole is a different story. We need to distinguish between whole marijuana and hemp-derived cannabinoids, the latter of which are already legal and marketed. Studies show...

Rural Blog: Fewer U.S. workers using prescription opioids but more using cocaine, marijuana

Fewer U.S. workers are using prescription opioids, but more are using cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana Fewer U.S. workers are using prescription opioids, but more are using methamphetamines, cocaine, and marijuana, according to data released by Quest Diagnostics, which conducts workplace drug testing, Katie Zezima reports for The Washington Post. The overall percentage of workers who tested...

Letter to the Editor: In order to protect state’s youth, marijuana should not be legalized in any capacity

In order to protect the youth of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the drug-free and prevention coalitions of Northern Kentucky wish to educate our communities and legislators with regard to marijuana. It is our opinion, based on the facts presented below, that marijuana use should not be legalized in any capacity. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has NOT recognized or approved the use of...

Pew Trusts: This extract Is driving a hemp gold rush in states like Kentucky, but Issues of legality remain

By Sophie Quinton Pew Charitable Trusts In a few months, Dani Fontaine Billings will plant 80 acres of hemp at her farm in Longmont, Colorado, out behind a clapboard farmhouse with views of the Rocky Mountains. Some of the plants will grow tall, like bamboo, and yield grain and fiber for textiles and other industrial products. Others will look and smell like marijuana and yield a cannabis compound....

Secretary of State convening task force to propose legislative action to legalize medical marijuana

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is convening a task force of Kentuckians to focus on a legislative proposal to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky, Grimes announced Wednesday. The group will also study and propose potential implementation and regulation processes. “Too many Kentuckians are suffering from debilitating physical and mental illnesses. Most have lived with the effects...

Rural Blog: Study shows fatal accidents are now more likely to involve use of drugs than alcohol

Fatal accidents, for the first time, are more likely to involve drugs than alcohol, says a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. In 2015, the last year for which figures are available, 43 percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes had drugs present in their system, compared to 37 percent with alcohol, Ashley Halsey III reports for...

Marijuana use among older adults increasing; effects of the drug on seniors uncertain

As the number of older adults using marijuana increases, researchers say more information is needed to determine the effects of the drug on seniors. “Given the unprecedented aging of the U.S. population, we are facing a never before seen cohort of older adults who use recreational drugs,” Dr. Benjamin Han, a geriatrician and health-services researcher at New York University, said in the news release....

Over-prescription of painkillers is solvable, but solutions aren’t ‘sexy,’ official tells group

  By Melissa Patrick Special to KyForward   The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow, told a group of Kentucky journalists and others at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Health Journalism Workshop recently that it is possible to decrease the over-prescription of opioids, which she says is driving the heroin epidemic. But, she said, the solutions aren’t...

Jonathan Miller: The buzz about hemp and
a look inside the movement to make it legal

Poor, poor pitiful hemp.   Its cooler cannabis cousin, marijuana, gets all the buzz — generational bards from Bob Dylan to Snoop Dogg sing Mary Jane’s praise; cancer and AIDS patients declare her glory.   And even though smoking hemp won’t make you feel high — just really stupid for trying (as well as a sharp burning sensation in the lungs) — the Feds still crack down on it because...

Jonathan Miller: The buzz about hemp and a look inside the movement to make it legal

Poor, poor pitiful hemp.   Its cooler cannabis cousin, marijuana, gets all the buzz — generational bards from Bob Dylan to Snoop Dogg sing Mary Jane’s praise; cancer and AIDS patients declare her glory.   And even though smoking hemp won’t make you feel high — just really stupid for trying (as well as a sharp burning sensation in the lungs) — the Feds still crack down on it because...

Growing number of people, groups support efforts to raise industrial hemp in Kentucky

(Photo from Creative Commons)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   The idea of growing industrial hemp once again in Kentucky is getting a lot of attention thanks mostly to a growing number of advocates.     In fact, bills have now been filed in both the state House and Senate that would allow farmers in Kentucky to raise the crop once again in the event federal restrictions...

Robert Treadway: ‘Last Free Man in America’
Gatewood Galbraith finally goes mainstream

It was last April 20, 4/20 as the kids would say, and there I was in downtown Lexington at a pro-marijuana legalization rally. It was a little surreal, even before the smoke began to waft. A business owner – well, OK, she owns a head shop – spoke, laying out the standard Tea Party line, punctuated liberally with the words “liberty” and “freedom.” A Republican congressional candidate who...

Robert Treadway: 'Last Free Man in America' Gatewood Galbraith finally goes mainstream

It was last April 20, 4/20 as the kids would say, and there I was in downtown Lexington at a pro-marijuana legalization rally. It was a little surreal, even before the smoke began to waft. A business owner – well, OK, she owns a head shop – spoke, laying out the standard Tea Party line, punctuated liberally with the words “liberty” and “freedom.” A Republican congressional candidate who...

Marcus Carey’s On the Marc: There’s more than one layer to the discussion about pot

Marijuana is gathered plant material that, when ingested, delivers some amount of the compound known as THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. The effects of the naturally occurring substance on the human body vary from person to person and depend upon many other factors determined from the plant itself.   I was honored to have been part of Gov. Louie Nunn’s Drug Education Committee program back in the...

Marcus Carey's On the Marc: There's more than one layer to the discussion about pot

Marijuana is gathered plant material that, when ingested, delivers some amount of the compound known as THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol. The effects of the naturally occurring substance on the human body vary from person to person and depend upon many other factors determined from the plant itself.   I was honored to have been part of Gov. Louie Nunn’s Drug Education Committee program back in the...