The push to legalize medical marijuana in Kentucky has growing support in Louisville.
Mayor Greg Fischer is in favor of legislation that could pave the way for permitting marijuana consumption with a doctor’s prescription.
“Twenty-nine states have legalized medical marijuana, in the wake of research suggesting it has medical benefits,” he said in a statement Monday night. “I support measures that would allow that in Kentucky — while ensuring that it’s tightly regulated to prevent its misuse.”
Fischer’s statement came hours after a bipartisan group of ten Louisville Metro Council members came out in support of a state bill that would legalize medical cannabis in Kentucky. The Metro Council members say access to the substance would help those suffering from chronic or debilitating illnesses and military veterans affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.
District 9 Councilman Bill Hollander is the lead sponsor of the resolution asking the Kentucky General Assembly to pass the proposed legislation.
“[Medical marijuana is] not currently legal in Kentucky,” Hollander said. “It is in most states and I think that we should join the rest of the country and make that effective treatment available to people.”
Two Democratic lawmakers introduced House Bill 166 last month, and the bill currently has 16 Democratic sponsors. A similar bill was introduced in the Senate; that measure has bipartisan support. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has also said she supports the effort. Similar attempts in recent years have not succeeded.
Democratic council members joining Hollander in supporting the bill are President David James of District 6, Barbara Sexton Smith of District 4, Brandon Coan of District 8, Pat Mulvihill of District 10, Vicki Aubrey Welch of District 13, Cindi Fowler of District 14 and Marianne Butler of District 15. Republicans Angela Leet of District 7, who is running for mayor this year, and Scott Reed of District 16 also signed on to sponsor the resolution.
In the resolution, the group cited research from the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine that showed a 25 percent drop in opioid deaths in states where medical marijuana is legal. Currently, 29 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana policies.
“The Metro Council urges the Kentucky General Assembly to adopt House Bill 166 or any other legislation that would legalize medical cannabis in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and provide for the care, comfort and relief of any Kentuckian who may benefit,” the resolution reads.
Hollander said he expects more Council members to sign on to back the resolution and that he sees bipartisan support for medical cannabis in Frankfort. He said constituents have sent letters and spoken at Council meetings to describe the need and utility of medical cannabis.
It could also benefit Kentucky military veterans, whose suicide rate was 10 percent higher than the national average in 2014, the resolution said.
Hollander emphasized the proposed legislation only covers cannabis for medical, not recreational, purposes.
“When a physician thinks that medical cannabis can help someone with pain management, they should be able to prescribe that,” Hollander said. “I think there’s significant support among the population, of Kentucky and everywhere else.”
After a brief government shutdown—and another moment of angst for the nation’s legal cannabis industry—federal lawmakers struck a two-year budget deal that preserves a key protection for state-legal cannabis.
Every time the government shuts down—which has now happened twice in 2018—the Rohrabacher–Blumenauer amendment, which prevents the Justice Department from using resources to prosecute state-legal medical cannabis, is thrown into jeopardy. Until Congress passes another spending measure—hopefully with the amendment intact—its protections disappear, removing one of the only formal protections from federal interference.
Published on Jan 2, 2010
In 1971, Edgar Kaiser, the son of the founder of Kaiser Permanente, one of the first big HMOs, went to see John Ehrlichman, a top aide to President Nixon, to lobby the Nixon White House to pass legislation that would expand the market for health maintenance organizations (HMOs). Ehrlichman reported this conversation to Nixon on February 17, 1971. The discussion, which was taped, went like this: Ehrlichman: I had Edgar Kaiser come in...talk to me about this and I went into it in some depth. All the incentives are toward less medical care, because the less care they give them, the more money they make. President Nixon: Fine. The next day, Nixon publicly announced he would be pushing legislation that would provide Americans "the finest health care in the world."
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Did you know that before 1973 it was illegal in the US to profit off of health care. The Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973 passed by Nixon changed everything.
Is the health insurance business a racket? Yes, literally. And this is why the shameless pandering to robber baron corporations posing as “health providers” is such an egregious … and obvious … tactic to do nothing more than plump up insurance company profits.
And do you know who’s to blame? Believe it or not, the downfall of the American health insurance system falls squarely on the shoulders of former President Richard M. Nixon.
In 1973, Nixon did a personal favor for his friend and campaign financier, Edgar Kaiser, then president and chairman of Kaiser-Permanente. Nixon signed into law, the Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973, in which medical insurance agencies, hospitals, clinics and even doctors, could begin functioning as for-profit business entities instead of the service organizations they were intended to be. And which insurance company got the first taste of federal subsidies to implement HMOA73 … *gasp* … why, it was Kaiser-Permanente! What are the odds? It’s all right here to read for yourself.
And to perfectly cement HMOA73 as the profiteering boondoggle that it actually was, the law Nixon mandated also included clauses that encouraged medical providers to not CURE afflictions, but to PROLONG them by only treating the symptoms. There’s no money to be made in CURING sickness. But the sky’s the limit when it comes to forcing people to endure repetitive doctor visits, endless (and often useless and redundant) tests, and … of course … let’s not forget the ever-increasing demand for American-made prescription drugs!
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Richard Rose shared a link to the group: Medicinal Hemp Association.
February 8 at 3:04pm · DEA Admits Natural Cannabinoids Aren’t Scheduled
On June 2, 2017, DEA filed a Response to the HIA suit. Everything I’ve been saying about the case (just an administrative adjustment, no re-Scheduling, only for Licensees) was confirmed by DEA’s Response.
The Response favorably acknowledges certain significant legal tenets, including that (1) the Rule does not place any new substance in Schedule I; (2) cannabinoids are not controlled substances per se.; and (3) the Rule is limited in scope.
DEA confirmed that the Rule preserved, and did not alter, the legal landscape for hemp. Furthermore, congressional representatives and their staffs were privately assured by DEA officials that introducing a scheduling code for marijuana extracts was merely intended to better catalogue and track substances in accordance with United Nations standards.
DEA admitted it’s enjoined from enforcement of CSA against hemp products that derive solely from CSA-exempt parts of the cannabis plant (stalk and nonviable seed, flowers if you include Farm Bill protections), as such products do not contain a federally-controlled substance.
Ironically, DEA doesn’t think hemp food is legal and I don’t think it’s an oversight, as their Interpretive Rule of 2001 legalized hemp foods and it got them sued:
“Hemp products such as paper, rope, and clothing (which contain fiber made from the cannabis plant) and animal feed mixtures, soaps, and shampoos (which contain sterilized cannabis seeds or oils extracted from the seeds), etc. may be imported into the United States.”
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TBKY Urgent Alert: Please Call Today toll-free 1-800-372-7181 and leave a message: "Tell the State House Elections, and Constitutional Amendments Chairman and Republican Members of the Committee to Oppose HJR 81 and HB 282."
This is a very scary example of what we will get with an Article V Constitutional Convention. One of the Big Liberals promoting a Constitutional Convention is former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens. In his book SIX AMENDMENTS: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution (2014), Stevens proposes that the Second Amendment be changed to say “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the militia shall not be infringed.” The addition of the five words (when serving in the military) would essentially allow for the criminalization and disarming of law-abiding citizens unless they are serving in the “militia,” by which liberals such as Justice Stevens mean the National Guard rather than the historical definition simply referring to the average citizen. Call your Kentucky State Legislators and tell them NO ARTICLE V CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION. Call 800-372-7181 and leave a message for all State Legislators to oppose HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 81 and to oppose House Bill 282. Leave the U.S. Constitution alone.
Vaccination without Litigation — Addressing Religious Objections to Hospital Influenza-Vaccination Mandates
n April 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sued Mission Hospital, a large North Carolina health system, over its denial of employee requests for religious exemptions from an influenza-vaccination requirement. The lawsuit, which alleges religious discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, settled in January 2018, with Mission agreeing to both compensate the employees and revise its policy on vaccination exemptions.Cases Challenging Hospital Influenza-Vaccination Mandates on Religious Grounds.EEOC v. Mission Hospital is one of three instances in the past 2 years when the EEOC has intervened to challenge vaccination mandates for health care workers ...
A Tribute to Robert Parry: Independent Journalism at Its Best
Journalism lost one of its most valuable investigators when Robert Parry died from pancreatic cancer on January 27, at the age of 68. He was the first reporter to reveal Oliver North’s operation in the White House basement (AP, 6/10/1985), and the co-author of the first report on Contra drug-smuggling (AP, 12/21/1985). He did some of the most important work investigating the 1980 Reagan campaign’s efforts to delay the return of US hostages held in Iran, a scandal known as the October Surprise.
After breaking his first big stories with the Associated Press, Bob moved on to Newsweek and then later PBS‘s Frontline. Frustrated with the limits and compromises of corporate media—he was once told that a story on Contra financial skullduggery had to be watered down because Newsweek owner Katharine Graham was having Henry Kissinger as a weekend guest (Media Beat, 4/23/98)—Bob launched his own online outlet, Consortium News.
“He was a pioneer in bringing maverick journalism to the Internet,” FAIR founder Jeff Cohen wrote after Bob’s death. “Bob was a refugee from mainstream media who, like Izzy Stone, went on to build an uncensored and uncensorable outlet.”
Bob believed deeply in journalism, both as a vital force for shaping the world and as a moral imperative. In a moving tribute to his father, Nat Parry (Consortium News, 1/29/18) wrote that one of his earliest memories...
According to a report last year, Sessions offered to resign from his post amid rising tensions with President Trump.
The rift stemmed from the attorney general's decision last March to recuse himself from the Russia probe. Sources told The New York Times last year that Sessions offered to resign because he "needed the freedom to do his job," but Trump didn't accept the offer.