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Louisville lawmaker McGarvey pushes for legalization of marijuana for the terminally ill

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – A Kentucky lawmaker, proposing to legalize marijuana for the terminally ill, believes longstanding moral objections are waning in the Bible belt state. State Sen. Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, made his case for palliative, or “end of life,” marijuana to the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare and Family Services on Wednesday. McGarvey...

Rural Blog: Could medical marijuana be the solution to Appalachia’s opioid addiction epidemic?

Could medical marijuana be the answer to the nation’s opioid epidemic, which is a major concern in rural areas, especially in Appalachia? Christine Vestal reports for Stateline, “Some medical practitioners and researchers believe that greater use of marijuana for pain relief could result in fewer people using the highly addictive prescription painkillers that led to the epidemic.” About...

State legislative panel hears testimony about economic, health benefits of medical marijuana

A state legislative committee met Friday to discuss liberalizing marijuana laws for medical purposes. “We have been literally overwhelmed with correspondence and people wanting to testify before this committee today,” said Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, who chaired the meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations. He said he asked that the subject of medical marijuana be placed...

State lawmakers to discuss pros and cons of medical marijuana during summer hearing

A bipartisan panel of state legislators will meet this summer to hear the advantages and disadvantages of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, the chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations announced. The Interim Joint Committee on Licensing and Occupations, will tackle the issue during its July gathering. The meeting is open to the public...

Bill that would allow use of medical marijuana for certain conditions OK’d by House panel

“Victoria” was the United States’ first legal medical marijuana plant grown. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   A bill that would allow the use of medical marijuana by Kentuckians with certain medical conditions has cleared the House Health and Welfare Committee on a 9-5 vote.   If House Bill 350 becomes law, the use, distribution and cultivation of medical marijuana would...

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...