Apathy could end some cave city Kentucky events

Cave City Proud Days 2014


By GINA KINSLOW gkinslow@glasgowdailytimes.com 9 hrs ago

CAVE CITY — Fewer than 10 people attended what was supposed to be a town hall meeting Thursday night at city hall in Cave City.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss upcoming events, including a summer concert series and the Proud Days Festival, but what those who turned out for the meeting ended up talking about was growing apathy among townspeople, the Cave City Chamber of Commerce and the Cave City Convention Center.

Over time, fewer and fewer people volunteer to help with events, and those who have been involved say they need more assistance.

“I don’t understand how or why they expect us to do everything,” said Robert Smith, city code enforcement officer.

Smith continued he would like to see more Cave City citizens, as well as members of the local chamber of commerce and others get involved and help with events, because if they don’t, the events may have to be canceled.

Mayor Dwayne Hatcher agreed with Smith and said, “Everything you said is true.”

“The apathy is just getting worse and worse,” said Cave City councilman Seaborn Ellzey.

The group discussed making some changes, such as the location of the summer concert series. Instead of holding it downtown, there was discussion of it taking place closer to hotels so tourists can walk to the concerts, or possibly having a concert at the ballpark off Mammoth Cave Street.

After meeting for 30 minutes, the group decided to meet again in two weeks at 6 p.m. on March 31 to provide a chance for more people to attend and get involved in making plans for upcoming events.


Following a unanimous vote Monday night by City Council members, Cave City accepted a land donation of 40 acres, located beside the Cave City Convention Center



On December 16th, it was announced via WBKO Television News that the Gaunce family had donated a piece of land adjacent to the Cave City Convention Center, to be used for an Industrial Park for the City.

The land was valued at $650,000, a price Smith said the city never would have been able to afford on their own.

Cave City did purchase a small section of land that joined the portion the Gaunce family gave them in hopes of building a nice  entrance to the industrial park, as well as fulfilling some requirements set by the State Highway Department.

Robert Smith stated in that article that, “Cave City has always been known as a tourist town and up until this point that’s been really good for us; however, tourism industry has changed. We need an everyday tax base for us, we need jobs that people can go to without having to travel so far,”

I would beg to differ with that argument because everywhere I look I see “help wanted” signs around the area.  There seems to be plenty of employment opportunities available for that type of work.  They do seem to be having a hard time filling those positions judging from the signs and advertisements that are all over the road and in the media as well.  One of the reasons for that is that every job is requiring a “drug test” be submitted before employment which, we all know, is biased against anyone who smokes Cannabis for any reason.

So why do we need an Industrial Park sitting in the main area which is the “entrance” to the town of “Cave City”?  A place which has always been a tourist town and the place to go to see small town life and Nature as well?  A place that can’t fill all of the industrial type of jobs that it currently has, let alone more?  Doe’s anyone living in the Cave City area see a reason to build this Industrial Park for more jobs?  We need small shop owners and café’s to reopen in the area, as well as some types of agribusinesses, not factories or other monstrous businesses. 

Per the report,  in a unanimous vote on December 14th, by the City Council members, Cave City chose to accept a land donation of 40 acres, located beside the Cave City Convention Center.  This gift was donated by the Gaunce family, who, incidentally , SOLD Cave City a small parcel of land adjacent to this property to be used for the “Entrance”.

The City Council includes the following six members, according to the Cave City official website: Gary Hogan, Seaborn Ellzey, Gary Minor, Kevin Houchens, Denny Doyle and
Steve Pedigo.  The Cave City Council Meeting is the second Monday of the Month, so the next meeting will be January 11th, 2016*. 

The Glasgow Times reported that the property is actually owned by Wayne Gaunce, according to his son, Patrick. 

“I guess if anything that should be said it should be that Cave City has been good to our family, and this is a small way that we can be good to Cave City,” said Patrick Gaunce.

Additionally in the Glasgow Times,  Mayor Dwayne Hatcher said, “The main purpose I feel of government is to provide for the needs of the citizens,” said Mayor Dwayne Hatcher. “I feel like we have done that. Have we done everything that needs to be done?  No, but I think we have made progress and will continue to do so.”

According to the same article in the Glasgow Times, in February, the city received a $100,000 grant from the Industrial Development Economic Authority of Glasgow-Barren County to use for the purpose of acquiring property and developing it into an industrial park.

Why couldn’t the Gaunce family donate this land to Cave City ‘just because’?  In other words, why must it be used for an Industrial Park in the middle of a Tourist town?  Why does everything have to ‘progress’ to industrial?  How about we use the donated land and grant money to plant and promote ‘industrial Hemp farming’ on that property?  And the unoccupied property at the corner of 101 Broadway can be turned into a ‘Cannabis Café’ and by Spring of 2017 we will have a boom town in Kentucky with plenty of jobs for all of the people…even the ones that occasionally smoke Marijuana!

Coming from a large city I have seen first hand the damage an industrialized zone does to residential areas.  It is not a pretty site to see.   The pollution is not wanted or needed here, (we get enough of Louisville’s already),  and even if the ‘business’ produces little to even no pollution of it’s own (which is doubtful), the extra exhaust from the traffic will be noticeable to say the least.  We need to protect the environment, the agricultural heritage and the people of Cave City. 

Put some cow’s and Hemp on that land…. and keep the Industry out!

Also of note,

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 11:52 pm

By JAMES BROWN / Glasgow Daily Times

The IDEA board entered closed session to discuss property. The Infrastructure Committee of the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce has identified property that could be developed for industrial needs. The committee members were on hand to give a presentation of those properties in closed session. LINK



*Anyone interested in attending the Cave City Council Meeting on January 11th, 2016 please email me at shereekrider@usmjparty.com or contact me thru Facebook at THIS LINK.



Information obtained from these links:

A year to remember for Cave City

Donation sets Cave City on track for new Industrial Park

Development Economic Authority of Glasgow-Barren County

Glasgow/Barren Co. IDEA

Incentive Programs

Floyd Collins, Wayne Gaunce are inducted into Hall of Fame

Gaunce Management Inc.

Houchens Industries Inc.

Barren County Property Valuation Administrator

Cave City receives $100K grant

Hunters Killed 20 Bears in Kentucky During Season


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State Fish and Wildlife officials say hunters in Kentucky claimed 20 black bears during the season that ended in December.

It was the first season with a new expanded bear hunting zone and an archery and crossbow season.

Hunters can now hunt bears in 16 Kentucky counties, up from four counties in 2012.

In the recent season, hunters harvested eight male and two female bears during the firearms season. They took six males and four females during the archery and crossbow season.

Seven were killed in Letcher County, and three bears each were taken in Harlan, Leslie and Perry counties.

Modern-day bear hunting in Kentucky began in 2009.


Eric and Michelle Crawford have been pestering the politicians in Frankfort for three years now in their efforts to have medical marijuana legalized. "From homebodies to activists – couple continues fight for medical marijuana" (in Kentucky)

  • MARLA TONCRAY marla.toncray@lee.net
  • Apr 5, 2016



    ORANGEBURGEric and Michelle Crawford have been pestering the politicians in Frankfort for three years now in their efforts to have medical marijuana legalized.

    They have traveled across the state to speak at town hall meetings on the subject; they attended the Fancy Farm (political) Picnic in August; and they try to get to Frankfort when the General Assembly is in session at least once a week, if Eric’s health permits. 

    The expenses, as Michelle pointed out Tuesday during an interview at their Mason County home, are all paid for with Eric’s money.

    In 2014, the couple aligned themselves with Kentuckians for Medicinal Marijuana to have medical marijuana legalized in Kentucky. Their efforts to date have resulted in the Cannabis Compassion Bill, being sent to the Licensing and Occupations committee. In the 2016 General Assembly session, Senate Bill 263 was introduced on the last day of the session, with no action taken.

    “It’s not about Eric anymore, there’s so many people that can benefit,” said Michelle. “The bill allows people to access marijuana, to grow it with a limit on the number of plants and to provide licenses to cultivate it and develop jobs.”

    Eric is a quadriplegic — his spine was injured in a 1994 car accident when he was 22 years old. He and Michelle met when he was in Cardinal Hill for rehabilitation. Since then, they have been inseparable, with Michelle devoting her life to Eric as his mate, caregiver and champion of his needs. 

    The couple kept their lives as private as possible, until September 2013, when a set of extenuating circumstances put their lives into the court system. It was then they decided to go public and fight for Eric’s right to have relief from his health problems through medical marijuana.

    “We are fighting for whole plant medical cannabis,” Michelle said Tuesday, stressing the fact they are not trying to have recreational marijuana legalized.

    In January 2014, Eric was taking 16 prescriptions for a wide variety of ailments: pain, muscle spasms, anxiety, optical uveitis, antibiotics to stave off urinary tract infections, auto-immune disorder, acid reflux and eye drops for glaucoma, just to name a few.

    Since they started their campaign, they have educated themselves on the benefits of medical cannabis.  Eric can tell you people are born with what are called CBD1 (nervous system) and CBD2 (organs) receptors, which are stimulated by the right type of cannabis. According to Eric, there are two strains of medical marijuana, Indica and Sativa, one helps a person sleep, the other helps them stay awake.

    “People who need cannabis know which strain they need. Hemp and marijuana are both cannabis, one has THC and one doesn’t,” Eric said.

    Legal CBD hemp oils, several of which are produced in Kentucky, are examples of products that can be used to offset the pain and spasms Eric has. The couple didn’t know that before, but now have supplies at home; one oil is made specifically for the popular electronic cigarettes.

    “Your brain already has CBD1 and CBD2 receptors, CBDs (hemp oils) affect the receptors,” Eric said.

    He said the affect from these products isn’t a “high” that most people associate with marijuana. 

    It should be noted Eric is now off most of his medications, and he dislikes taking prescribed pain killers.

    The couple is frustrated that action hasn’t been taken in Frankfort to legalize medical marijuana.  They feel the citizens of Mason County have been betrayed by legislators because there has been no acknowledgement in Frankfort of Mason County Resolution 14-2, approved in January 2014 by the fiscal court, supporting then Senate Bill 43 to legalize medical marijuana. That same bill is now SB 263, introduced this session and co-sponsored by State Senator Steve West, who represents Mason County.

    The couple also says they are afraid of law enforcement.

    “I’m scared of the law,” Eric said. The couple said they are constantly considering the idea of moving out-of-state so Eric can have medical marijuana, but they don’t want to leaver their home, family and friends.

    “I’m mad as hell … I’ve heard so many times “we’re going to do something” (from legislators). You walk out of the office, and you never hear from them again,” Eric said.

    The couple expressed frustration with State Senator John Schickel (R-Boone County), because he is a co-chair of the Licensing and Occupations interim committee and sits on the Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations session committee.

    “This is the third year the bill has been sent to Sen. Schickel’s office, and it hasn’t been heard,” Eric said.  “It dies every year in the L&O.”

    Schickel was contacted for this story and immediately returned a call placed to his senate office Wednesday.

    Schickel said he had two marijuana bills presented to his committee this year, one for recreational and one for medical marijuana. He said the medical marijuana bill came to his office too late in the session to have it put before the L&O committee.

    “I told the sponsor we couldn’t have a hearing that late. I’ve always been open to medical marijuana,” he said. 

    He noted he was the first representative to sponsor the hemp bill before its passage.

    He also said he has committed to holding an interim hearing on the medical marijuana issue in either July or August. He said the purpose is to hear more of the science behind marijuana.

    “With a bill that important and that big, we have to proceed thoughtfully and carefully.  I want to hear from both sides of the issue,” Schickel said.

    He said in the past, the votes haven’t been there (at committee level) to pass the bill forward to the full Senate, noting “some people don’t think it’s a good thing,” and the American Medical Association doesn’t think the science (on the matter) is there.

    “I’m open to it. I’m not against it. I’ve given it a commitment…I will hold a hearing. It’s important. If the votes are there, we’ll pass it,” he said, adding he will encourage the sponsors to pre-file the bill for next year’s General Assembly.

    Calls to State Senator Steve West, the co-sponsor of SB 263, were not returned to The Ledger Independent.

    The Crawfords say there is enough documented science to support legalizing medical marijuana.

    “It’s not because High Times or pot smokers say it,” Michelle said.

    “Sick people should have a choice, I don’t want to go blind.  There’s no such thing as a safe drug, but there is a safer choice,” Eric said.


  • Senate approves REAL ID legislation

    For Immediate Release

    March 22, 2016

    Senate approves REAL ID legislation

    FRANKFORT—The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would bring Kentucky’s state ID program into compliance with a federal standard that has a fast-approaching deadline. Senate Bill 245, passed by a 26-12 vote, would make REAL ID-compliant state-issued identification available to Kentuckians. 

    REAL ID is a federal program adopted in 2005 that would come close to establishing a national proof-of-identity program. The Homeland Security program set minimum standards for new, voluntary “enhanced” photo ID cards to include more personal information and anti-counterfeit facets. Participating states are also required to store photos and information, where it could be accessed by law enforcement or other governmental agencies with the proper authorization.

    So far, only 23 states have complied with the act, and enforcement has been delayed. Kentucky is one of 27 states to receive an extension as it works to gain compliance.

    Initially, the security provisions of REAL ID were to take effect in January. Though access to high-security facilities like military bases and nuclear power plants has already been limited to those without the new ID, other restrictions are still a few years away.

    By 2018, flyers from states that are not REAL ID compliant nor have an extension – or those individuals who do not choose to obtain an enhanced ID – will need a second form of identification to fly domestically. By 2020, all flyers will require enhanced identification.

    Sponsor Sen. Ernie Harris, R-Crestwood, reviewed the provisions of SB 245, though he said he felt it was hardly needed for a bill that was so well-hashed.

    “This is a bill that’s been out there. It’s been discussed for a while,” he said.

    Aside from adding the new IDs, SB 245 would also set new procedures for issuing licenses, reaffirming the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as the issuing body, and would change renewal periods. Kentuckians would only have to renew their licenses every eight years, instead of the current four-year requirement.

    Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, lodged one of the votes against SB 245, calling it “a reach.”

    “It’s not exactly protecting my security,” she said, but the federal requirement of enhanced IDs “certainly will adversely affect my right to travel, so I vote no.”

    The bill is now on its way for consideration in the House.


    Bevin names new KSP chief

    FRANKFORT – Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders will be the new Kentucky State Police commissioner.

    Republican Gov. Matt Bevin announced the appointment Monday in a news release. An eight-person committee, which included three current and two retired state police officers, unanimously recommended Sanders after interviewing 16 other candidates. Bevin also appointed Alexander Payne as deputy commissioner. Payne, like Sanders, also works for the Jeffersontown Police Department.

    “After a long, thoughtful process, we are pleased that Chief Sanders and Major Payne will lead the men and women who make up the ‘Thin Gray Line,'” Bevin said in a news release.

    Sanders has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience, mostly with the Drug Enforcement Administration. He was a pilot based in Miami in the late 1980s before being promoted to various leadership roles including special agent in charge of the Chicago Field Division and administrator in the DEA’s Washington headquarters overseeing investigative technology and forensic sciences.

    Since 2007 Sanders has been chief in Jeffersontown, where the governor’s office noted his reforms led to seizing more than $1.5 million from drug traffickers.

    “I am honored to be selected by Governor Bevin and Secretary Tilley to lead such a prestigious law enforcement agency,” Sanders said in a news release from the governor’s office.


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    WKU-PBS show tells the story of the people displaced by Mammoth Cave National Park

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    Mammoth Cave: A Place Called Home is the poignant story of people moved from their homes and communities to make way for the creation of Mammoth Cave National Park.  This moving tale comes to life with the WKU-PBS premiere of the 30-minute documentary on March 11 at 7 p.m. CT.  Community partners, Mammoth Cave National Park and WKU-PBS have come together to create this documentary chronicling the struggles to create a national park during one of the toughest periods in American History – The Great Depression.

     Destruction of the Demenbrun Store during the creation of Mammoth Cave National Park. Destruction of the Demenbrun Store during the creation of Mammoth Cave National Park.

    “This program comes during 2016, an important anniversary year for Mammoth Cave National Park,” said Superintendent Sarah Craighead.  “It folds together layers of history – the families who gave up their land, the Civilian Conservation Corps and the infancy of a national park.  There are moving personal interviews, family photos…

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    Cave City celebrates 150 years as a town

    Cave City celebrates 150 years as a town


    JUSTIN STORY jstory@bgdailynews.com

  • Mar 12, 2016

    Cave City is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, marking the occasion with several events over the next several months.

    Incorporated as a city in 1866, Cave City was envisioned as a resort town when the site was acquired in 1853 by the Knob City Land Co. 

    An essay by historical researcher Thomas Lera said Cave City’s development in the 1860s included the opening of a hotel, a school, two drugstores, three saloons, three dry goods stores, two blacksmith shops, a tobacco warehouse, a depot and a telegraph office. Two doctors and two lawyers also established themselves in Cave City during that time.

    The city’s proximity to Mammoth Cave National Park has attracted many tourists, and many historical people and events will be celebrated this year.

    “We’re trying to do something big every quarter instead of having one big blowout event,” said Sharon Tabor, executive director of Cave City Tourism and Convention Center.

    The celebration began in December with a 150th anniversary dinner at the convention center.

    Cave City’s sesquicentennial coincides with Mammoth Cave’s celebration of 200 years since tours began being offered there, and Tabor said several events throughout the year are being held that tie together the two anniversaries.

    On Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Cave City Convention Center is hosting a free screening of “A Place Called Home,” a 30-minute documentary created by WKU-PBS that chronicles the creation of the national park and the communities that were there before the park opened.

    The convention center will host An Evening of Jazz at 6:30 p.m. March 26, with a dinner and music by jazz pianist Beegie Adair and the WKU Faculty Jazz Trio.

    “We’re working on a couple other concerts for later this year,” Tabor said.

    Starting in April, the convention center will have a Floyd Collins Exhibit to commemorate the life of the man who died in 1925 while exploring Sand Cave. Efforts to rescue Collins after he became trapped in the cave brought worldwide attention to the area.

    Floyd Collins Week will be held in July, with screening at Mammoth Cave’s amphitheater of two movies related to his life.

    The convention center and the Cave City Welcome Center are hosting a historic photo exhibit featuring pictures on loan from the Kentucky Library Special Collections at Western Kentucky University.

    A genealogy symposium and cemetery tours are scheduled to take place later in the summer, but one of the biggest events is set to occur in September.

    The annual Cave City Proud Days festival, which began a few years ago, usually takes place in the fourth weekend of September.

    “We’re taking … events and making them bigger,” Tabor said.

    — Follow courts reporter Justin Story on Twitter at twitter.com/jstorydailynews or visit bgdailynews.com.






    HB 584(BR-1994)

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016 – introduced in House

    Create new sections of KRS Chapter 211 to define terms; require the Department for Public Health (DPH) to operate a medical marijuana program; establish a process to license and permit cultivators, distributors, manufacturers, and processors of medical marijuana;

    This Bill was just Introduced in House yesterday, March 1.  It is a true-blue highly regulated “medical marijuana” Bill with absolutely NO growing rights for Patients or otherwise!  It is a Bill that is attempting to pacify the group of Kentuckians who do not wish to see any growing rights or recreational rights at all and just want to access Marijuana for purely medical reasons, most are worried about their Children and simply want it for their Children’s sake.  I am all for access to whatever kind of medical CBD or THC that those Children or other patients may need. THIS IS NOT the way to get it!  With over regulation and burdensome legislation the real question is even IF it was enacted, how long would you have to wait to have access to it?  The short answer is, a LONG time.  I will NOT promote this Bill!

    It includes but is not limited to the following requirements:

    *require the Department for Public Health (DPH) to operate a medical marijuana program

    *require prospective patients to possess a diagnosis from a physician and possess a registry identification card issued by the department

    *require the department to license no more than 10 grows

    *allow for licensure of 2 cultivators, 2 manufacturers, 2 processors, and other subcategories within each economically depressed county participating in the program

    *establish a process by which cultivators sell only to manufacturers, processors, or distributors

    *allow only distributors to sell medical marijuana to a dispensary

    *require the department to publish an annual list of varieties of marijuana that contain a low level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC);

    *require prioritization of low-THC-containing varieties of marijuana by the department;

    *grant priority access to children and individuals with medication-resistant seizures to low-THC marijuana;

    *require patients under 18 to receive marijuana with a low-THC content;

    *clarify that cannabadiol is included in low-THC marijuana products;

    *allow a dispensary to dispense cannabadiol regardless of whether it is classified as industrial hemp or medical marijuana;

    *establish guidelines for registry identification cards;

    Now, if you look at the Bill and think about it a while, what do you think is happening here? 

    Kentucky politicians are mostly of the rich, by the rich and for the rich.  They can set up their own tight little growing and dispensing operation which allows NO ONE the option to grow their own for ANY reason, and then they will set up their own little processing and dispensing facilities which is akin to a Monopoly, encumbered with regulation to the hilt so as to prevent any common Citizen from being involved.  I would bet that becoming a “medical marijuana patient” in the State of Kentucky would be about like jumping over fire with flames 10 feet high (no pun intended).  Now, if you succeed at jumping over that flame and in fact end up in the “medical marijuana” program, what type of “medicine” will you be able to receive?  How much will it cost you, because it damn sure is NOT FREE and insurance will not pay for it!   Therefore, that pretty much puts the entire program into the more wealthy “patients” hands, leaving out those who might only be able to access it IF they can grow their own! 

    On top of that situation you can imagine that the more wealthy people of Kentucky who have stock in pharmaceutical companies are trying to pave the way for the pharma industry to move right on into Kentucky with their Pharma grade marijuana pills, oils, foods, etc., as soon as it can be accomplished through relaxed Federal Legislation.  Hmmm, this must be why HR 173 is being worked on as we speak.  A “Resolution” to the FDA to “study medical marijuana”!  As if we really need more studies before we use Cannabis….Well, here are a few that the FDA can start copying!  SEE THIS LINK!

    Last but not least, this new Bill, if enacted, in fact will promote stiffer penalties for those who are found to be in possession of “non-medically certified marijuana” or without a Patient Registration identification!

    If I had a child in need of immediate treatment with Cannabis, and the “Cannabis Freedom Act” does not pass this year, I would pack up and leave — taking my Child to a “legal” State to be treated.  I would not stay here and risk my Child’s health and risk having a Child taken from me for using Marijuana for their illness, when they in fact, NEED it!  There is no reason for them to stay here and take that chance when there are other places to go.  There are also agencies that will help them with relocation if need be! Keep this in mind!

    The LINKS below are to the KRS as they exist TODAY.

    Any offender failing to affix the appropriate tax stamps, labels, or other tax indicia to any marijuana or controlled substance as required by KRS 138.874 is guilty of a Class C felony

    218A.050 Schedule I controlled substances.

    218A.1422 Possession of marijuana -Penalty –Maximum term of incarceration.

    218A.1421 Trafficking in marijuana –Penalties.

    218A.1423 Marijuana cultivation –Penalties

    Basically, Possession of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor, Marijuana cultivation of five (5) or more plants of marijuana is for a first offense a Class D felony,

    Trafficking in less than eight (8) ounces of marijuana is for a first offense a Class A misdemeanor.

    Kentucky Forfeiture law: 

    All real property, including any right, title, and interest in the whole of any lot

    or tract of land and any appurtenances or improvements, which is used or

    intended to be used, in any manner or part, to commit, or to facilitate the

    commission of, a violation of this chapter excluding any misdemeanor

    offense relating to marijuana, …


    SB 13(BR-161)/LM/CI

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016 – introduced in Senate

    Establish KRS Chapter 245 to regulate the cultivation, testing, processing, taxing, and sale of marijuana to persons aged twenty-one years and older; amend various sections to conform; repeal KRS 218A.1421, KRS 218A.1422, and KRS 218A.1423.

    Senator Perry B. Clark pre-filed this Bill in December of 2015.  It is an all around good Bill because it is a “Freedom” Bill.  Meaning that it opened up Medical Cannabis to patients as well as recreational Cannabis to Kentucky residents over the age of 21.  Although it is not a true REPEAL Bill that I would like to see happen, it allows a Kentucky Citizen to:

    Possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis on their person;

    Cultivate up to 5 cannabis plants;  (Six or more would be considered as trafficking)

    Store excess cannabis lawfully grown for personal use at the location where it was cultivated; or

    Transfer up to 1 ounce of cannabis to another person age 21 or older without remuneration

    Possession exemption for persons under 21 if recommended by a licensed physician.

    It allows for access to retail cannabis facilities, creating the ABCC (Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control) to create licenses to operate the following cannabis-related entities:

    Cannabis cultivation facility; Cannabis processing facility; Cannabis testing facility; or Retail cannabis facility.

    It also provides for an Excise tax imposed on licensees operating cannabis cultivation facilities selling or transferring cannabis to either a cannabis processing facility or a retail cannabis facility.

    So in ONE BILL the Patients, the Recreational users, personal growers, those who would like to grow for dispensaries or medical patients, those who wish to operate legal dispensaries for patients and for recreational users and an EXCISE TAX for the State of Kentucky were taken care of legitimately!  This IS THE BILL that has my full APPROVAL!  Thank You, Sen. Perry Clark!

    With as many phone calls, letters, emails and personal visits from the people of Kentucky who wish to see this Bill passed has had, there should be no reason for it NOT TO BE considered, and PASSED!

    But as usual, the Kentucky money hungry Politicians are planning on this ‘patient care’ ultimately to be handed over to the pharmaceutical companies, which is why they are going to try to seriously limit the growing operation and usage of “medical marijuana” thru HB 584, so as to be able to withdraw those growers rights as soon as a pharmaceutical can take it over.  Much like they tried to do (and succeeded for a while) in Canada.

    *Federal judge to decide if medical marijuana patients can grow their own

    *The Liberal government will have to do substantial work on the international stage before it can follow through on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to legalize marijuana, new documents suggest


    HR 173(BR-1583)

    Thursday, February 25, 2016 – introduced in House

    This is a Kentucky RESOLUTION to encourage the United States Food and Drug Administration to study the use of medical marijuana.

    The Sponsors are David Osborne, Lynn Bechler, and Brad Montell.

    As if we really need more studies before we use Cannabis….Well, here are a few that the FDA can start copying!  SEE THIS LINK!



    SB 136(BR-1420)/LM/CI    Define “kratom” and add kratom to schedule I.

    Thursday, January 28, 2016 – introduced in Senate




    Jan 28, 2016 

    Legislation to legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana is unlikely to be addressed during this legislative session in Kentucky


    Jan 26, 2018

    Former Congressman Mike Ward pushing for medical marijuana in Kentucky


    Jan 5, 2016

    Ex-congressman’s group wants medical marijuana in Kentucky


    Dec 13, 2015

    Kentucky “Cannabis Freedom Act” Summary


    Feb 29, 2016

    A KENTUCKY RESOLUTION to encourage the United States Food and Drug Administration to study the use of medical marijuana


    Nov 1, 2015

    Willie Nelson’s crusade to STOP BIG POT!




    Kentucky Revised Statutes  Includes enactments through the 2015 Regular Session (search “marijuana”)


    Image result for marijuana plant


    Additionally, as a patient and recreational user,

    I am a FIRM BELIEVER in a “misdemeanors”


    Bill would dip into tourism funding

  • BY GINA KINSLOW gkinslow@glasgowdailytimes.com
  • Feb 29, 2016

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    GLASGOW — A piece of legislation now being considered by the State Senate will allow a restaurant tax of 3 percent or less to be levied on all cities and merged governments, and for the revenue collected from the tax to be distributed between the tax jurisdiction and the relevant tourist and convention commission.

    Currently, Kentucky Revised Statute 91A.400 only allows fourth and fifth class cities to levy a restaurant tax that is not to exceed 3 percent of the retails sales made by the cities’ restaurants. All revenue collected from the tax is to be appropriated to the tourist and convention commission established by the city.

    If Senate Bill 166 passes, only 25 percent of the tax revenue will go to the tourist and convention commissions.

    The Kentucky League of Cities supports the legislation, and according to J.D. Chaney, deputy executive director of the organization, cities are having a difficult time handing over monies generated by the levying of restaurant taxes to non-elected boards, such as the tourist and convention commissions, which make decisions on promotional efforts for tourism.

    “They (cities) actually want to construct something, operate something and maintain something that is useful to draw people into their communities and benefit their citizens,” he said. “We think it restores accountability back to the elected officials. … It also eliminates the net profits and gross receipts tax which are paid by the restaurants if the cities elects, it doesn’t require them to enact (a restaurant tax).

    “So they would be choosing, if (cities) enact a restaurant tax, they can no longer collect net profits or gross receipts occupational taxes directly from the restaurant.”

    Chaney continued that the state has no compensation-based taxation element in the menu of options beside the restaurant tax.

    “This provides an element to also collect revenues from people coming into the community who don’t necessarily live there, which is also an attractive revenue option for cities,” he said.

    Not all favor the proposal

    Officials with the Kentucky Travel Industry Association are opposed to Senate Bill 166.

    “This is not the first time that legislation has been introduced and so the Kentucky Travel Industry Association has maintained a longstanding opposition to it, and the key and core reason is the bill says that up to 75 percent of restaurant tax money can be taken by the cities and city governments,” said Hank Phillips, president and CEO of KTIA. “A part of the bill is intended to make all cities eligible for the restaurant tax, and if that were to occur tourism commissions that got 25 percent of that tax in cities that enacted it, they would probably be happy with it, … however, what is the element within the bill that we find impossible to support is that the over 40 cities that already have the tax, the tourism commissions would be subject to a 75 percent reduction of their restaurant tax funds.”

    Phillips continued that it is very important to understand why the restaurant tax exists, and why it was enacted, which he said was for only the small towns to have.

    “The reason is the other source of revenue for funding local tourism efforts is a hotel tax. Typically, a fourth- and fifth-class have a relatively few number of hotels and hotel rooms from which to generate that tourism marketing money, so at a point in the past, quite a long time ago, the legislature said we need to help them generate some additional revenue to promote tourism in the small towns so let’s put in a restaurant tax that only the small towns are eligible for,” Phillips said.

    “The restaurant tax is absolutely dedicated to tourism and on that basis all of those moneys go to the tourism entity in the small town. That’s why these small tourism commissions, many of them if not most, would be devastated by a 75 percent reduction in their primary funding source.”

    Tourism reaction

    One area tourist commission that would be affected by the legislation if it is passed is the Munfordville Tourism Commission.

    Coni Shepperd, executive director of the Munfordville Tourism Commission, said she is hoping to work with Munfordville Mayor John Freeman on the issue. The Munfordville Tourism Commission is funded only by the city’s restaurant tax.

    “That would probably put us out of business,” she said. “We hope it goes nowhere.”

    The legislation would also affect the Cave City Tourism and Convention Commission.

    The Cave City City Council voted in June 2015 voted to raise the city’s restaurant tax from 1 to 3 percent. A portion of the tax revenue is used to fund a grant program to which local business owners can apply and use the money to promote their businesses, or for signage or beautification.

    “As a part of that, the tourist commission agreed to give a third of those funds to the city of Cave City,” said Sharon Tabor, executive director of the Cave City Tourism and Convention Commission. “That’s how we are getting the money for the 150th anniversary and the concert series.”

    The city of Cave City is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year, and as part of the celebration a concert series featuring performances by jazz pianist Bee Gee Adair, who is originally from Cave City, and bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs will be held.

    “If for some reason the restaurant tax initiative is approved by the House and the Senate, and if Cave City government decides to take that 75 percent that would take all of the increased tax money, plus a portion that we use for the convention center’s maintenance and upkeep,” Tabor said.

    Likely to move ahead?

    The sponsor of SB 166 is Sen. Jared Carpenter, R-Berea. According to Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, there’s a “significant” restaurant/tourism industry in the Berea/Richmond area and that is why Carpenter introduced the legislation.

    Givens said he believes Carpenter did so more or less to start a conversation than to see if the legislation would move all the way through the state legislature.

    The bill was introduced on Feb. 9 and sent to the State Senate’s Appropriations and Revenue Committee on Feb. 11.

    Givens does not anticipate the bill moving out of committee at this point.

    “It would be unusual in a budget session for us to pass a piece of legislation like that (because) the focus is going to be on the budget,” Givens said.

    As for whether he would ever support such a piece of legislation, Givens said, “I’m open to the conversation if it is part of a tax revenue neutral package. As a stand alone piece of legislation, it’s a little hard to support.”

    “Communities right now have some tools in the tool box to raise local revenues. A lot of those tools are either being under utilized because locals don’t want to vote a tax increase, or they are simply not feeling the need to raise taxes locally. So some of these pieces of legislation are actually efforts to cause us to give them a way to avoid making a tough vote. If locals want to raise taxes, they’ve got the ability to do it and they have the multiple means already.”



    Nuclear waste dumped illegally in Kentucky

    This is the entrance to an Estill County landfill where


    James Bruggers8:26 p.m. EST February 25, 2016

    Drilling wastes containing concentrated but naturally occurring radio active materials made their way into Kentucky, state officials confirmed on Thursday.


    After learning in January that low-level nuclear waste from drilling operations had been dumped illegally in Kentucky last year, state officials are warning this week that all landfills be on the lookout and to not accept any of the radioactive material.

    Kentucky Division of Waste Management Director Tony Hatton said officials have confirmed that low-level nuclear waste from drilling operations in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia was sent to a landfill in Estill County between July and November. Officials are also investigating possible illegal shipments of similar waste to a landfill in Greenup County.

    He said the waste comes from rock and brine that’s brought to the surface during oil and gas drilling. Naturally occurring radionuclides concentrate during the process. A West Virginia company that recycles the drilling further concentrates the radionuclides — and that’s the waste that Hatton said made to the Blue Ridge Landfill last year in the small town of Irvine, in Estill County, Ky., he said.

    It came in 47 sealed boxes, he said. They believe each box contained 25 cubic yards of materials.

    State officials do not believe the drilling waste sent to the Green Valley Landfill in Greenup County near West Virginia had gone through that recycling process, so it would present less risk to landfill workers or the public, Hatton said.

    Neither is allowed to be transported into Kentucky from those states for disposal, he said.

    Joint investigation

    The state began investigating after receiving a tip in January about shipments of the waste.

    The advisory letter was intended to put all landfill operators, waste haulers, transfer station operators and local waste management officials on notice so that they can make sure they are following the law, Hatton said.

    Hatton said the waste management division is working with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and its Radiation Health Branch on the investigation. He said the health cabinet regulates radioactive materials, radioactive waste and disposal under terms of a compact with the state of Illinois.

    He said state officials plan to meet again with the Blue Ridge Landfill’s operators, Florida-based Advance Disposal, to learn more about how the waste was handled and whether any workers or others might have been exposed. He said there is no reason to believe that there is any ongoing exposure at that dump.

    “The best we know, the material has been buried since November,” he said.

    While the health cabinet is taking the lead, Hatton said the waste division is also investigating potential enforcement actions.

    Kentucky does not have a landfill designed to safely accept low-level radioactive waste, which often includes radioactively contaminated protective clothing, tools, filters, rags and medical tubes. Radioactivity of this category can range from just above background levels to very highly radioactive in cases such as parts from inside a reactor vessel in a nuclear power plant, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    No acceptable dump

    The drilling waste is called TENORM, from the term technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material. It comes from such activities as manufacturing, mineral extraction or water processing, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    The EPA says radioactivity in TENORM can vary greatly.

    Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, senior deputy commissioner at the Kentucky Department for Public Health, said authorities do not know the concentration or radioactivity levels of the material brought into Kentucky. Testing in Estill County now shows no radiation beyond normal background levels, he said.

    The state health department is working to assess any risk to employees or others at the time of the placement of the material in the landfill, the agency said in a written statement.

    “Legal action against the firm that engaged in the illegal dumping and the landfill that accepted the contaminated material is under review,” the statement said.

    Louisville attorney Tom Fitzgerald, director of the Kentucky Resources County and an expert on waste disposal, said the notice sent out Monday by the state underscores concerns about environmental consequences from booming oil and gas fracking zones.

    Every county in Kentucky with a landfill needs to have agreements with their owners and operators that ban this kind of waste, he said.

    The radionuclides in the waste can have a half-life of more than 1,000 years while liners used in municipal solid waste landfills are warranted typically for only 30 years, FitzGerald said. A half-life is the amount of time required for half the atoms in a radioactive substance to disintegrate.

    The Estill County High School and Middle School are located across Kentucky Highway 89 from the landfill.

    “Our number one concern is for those kids out there,” Ronnie Riddell, Estill County Emergency Management Agency director, said. “It’s concerning.”

    He said Estill County is looking to the health and family services cabinet for information and guidance, adding that he only learned of the dumping from a news reporter on Thursday.

    Landfill operator reaction

    Hatton said West Virginia-based Fairmont Brine Processing produced the waste, which was brought to the Estill landfill by Advanced TENORM Services, based in West Liberty, Ky. Calls to Fairmont were not returned, and the CJ could not reach Jason Hoskins, the West Liberty man identified as TENORM Services sole officer in state business filings. That company’s website was not functioning Thursday.

    “We are working with the state and trying to determine who’s on first base,” Charles Law, general manager of Blue Ridge Landfill, said. He said the matter was being handled farther up the corporate ladder, and declined further comment except to say that there were “gray areas” in how the material got to the landfill.

    “We accepted it under normal landfill practices,” he said when asked whether his company knew the material was radioactive.

    The letter from the waste management division reminded landfill and transfer station operators and haulers, that it’s their responsibility to make sure they comply with state regulations regarding the handling and disposal of radioactive materials.

    FitzGerald said state officials need to track down and account for all of these radioactive wastes that came into Kentucky, and then make sure they do not pose a long-term threat to the public. For the Estill dump, that may mean extracting any closed containers and dispose of them in a licensed low-level nuclear waste dump, he said.

    Any landfills that accepted the waste will need to extend the length of time that operators are responsible for any pollution to account for the long-lived radionuclides, he said.

    Reach reporter James Bruggers at 502-582-4645 and at jbruggers@courier-journal.com.