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Kentucky sets stage for legalization of medical marijuana for certain medcial conditions

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Kentucky lawmakers have taken the first steps toward legalizing medical marijuana. House Bill 136 is up for a House vote. It would allow patients with certain medical conditions to be prescribed medical marijuana by their physician and would permit marijuana plants to be grown in the state by licensed growers and dispensaries. Under House Bill 136, Kentuckians...

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...

Medical marijuana proponents have their say; opponents on deck for next meeting

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A legislative committee heard from proponents of medical marijuana last week with opponents to be given an opportunity at the next meeting. Proponents tried to make it clear the marijuana was in no way for recreational use or a revenue source for Kentucky. Opponents have argued that marijuana is a gateway drug that opens the door for much worse later. Sen. John Schickel,...

Integrity Express Logistics project in Kenton County invests $820,000, creates 30 new jobs

Integrity Express Logistics LLC, a family owned third-party logistics provider, opened its fourth operation and first in Kentucky, investing $820,000 in its new facility in Fort Mitchell and creating 30 full-time jobs, the governor’s office announced Tuesday. “It is well known that Kentucky offers some of the nation’s best shipping hubs and infrastructure advantages,” said Gov....

Capitol Notes: Bills dealing with fracking, online sweepstakes, ‘Siblings’ plate advance

Senate unanimously passes new ‘fracking’ regs   For the first time in more than two decades, the state Senate has passed legislation that would modernize Kentucky’s regulations on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, often referred to as “fracking.”   The legislation, known as Senate Bill 186, would mandate energy companies notify nearby landowners of any planned fracking process,...

Lawmakers say dispute over CVG airport board might require state legislative solution

Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington, poses a question during the October meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Transportation in which it was suggested the CVG Airport Board governance dispute may require a legislative solution. (Photo from Ky. Legislature)   A decades-old dispute over governance of the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati airport known as CVG landed in Frankfort this week when state...