Stimulus Dollars Available for Hemp Farmers and Small Businesses


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Great news from Capitol Hill:

Stimulus Dollars Available for Hemp Farmers and Small Businesses


Moments ago, the U.S. House passed the U.S. Senate’s $2 trillion economic stimulus bill, sending to the President’s desk a relief package that will help address the devastating physical and financial distress caused by the COVID-19 virus and response.  Read the entire bill here.

There is great news for hemp farmers as well as small businesses in the hemp space.  While the word “hemp” does not appear in the bill, economic relief is available for the hemp industry through some of the following provisions:

  • $349 billion for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Business Loans Program Account
  • $17 billion for the SBA’s Business Loans Program Account for payment of covered loans guaranteed by SBA under the Small Business Act
  • $10 billion for SBA’s Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loans program
  • $265 million for SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development Program
  • $9.5 billion to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for providing support for impacted agricultural producers, including producers of specialty crops
  • $20.5 million to the Rural Business Program Account for the cost of loans for rural business development programs under the Farm and Rural Development Act
  • In general, those with federally-backed mortgaged loans secured by USDA may request forbearance for up to 180 days, during which no fees, penalties, or interest will accrue

It is important to note that under this SBA policy guidance, unlike direct marijuana businesses, legal hemp small businesses are explicitly eligible for SBA’s assistance programs.

Information about how to apply for SBA’s COVID-19 programs can be found here and here.

The USDA is expected to release more information about how farmers and businesses can apply for that agency’s COVID-19 programs at this website in the coming days.

We will keep Hemp Supporters updated as circumstances develop.  Please stay safe and healthy!

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KDA Draft Hemp Regulations Available for Review


KDA Comment Period Open Until April 30

Dear Friends,

As the Commissioner of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, I wanted to draw your attention to new, draft regulations updating Kentucky’s hemp program.

The draft regulations that will govern the administration of the hemp program were recently filed for public comment. A comprehensive document can be found here, and each separate regulation is also available on our website on the “Hemp and the Law”page.

Please know that you can email your comments to KDA directly at hemp@ky.gov until April 30, 2020.

I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to review the draft regulations and provide feedback.

In addition, I want to ensure you knew that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture led the effort this session to pass House Bill 236, which updated Kentucky’s hemp laws. This law included two main changes:

· Updating Kentucky’s laws to align our statues with the 2018 Farm Bill; and

· Allowing licensed hemp processors in Kentucky to transport or sell their hemp concentrate to another licensed hemp processor location in Kentucky, if that interaction is reported to and approved by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture at least 24 hours in advance.

Thank you for your interest in this new industry.

LINK TO NEW PROPOSED REGULATIONS (PDF)

Kentucky Department of Agriculture kda@kygov.ccsend.com

Sen. Perry Clark, and others, will speak at the rotunda rally tomorrow!


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FROM THE PROFILE TIMELINE OF DAN SEUM, THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE!

THANK YOU DAN SEUM!

FIRST OF ALL,

SENATOR PERRY CLARK will be attending the Rally at the Rotunda and will be speaking.  This will be his last year, as he is retiring.  Let’s all show up and give him the respect he deserves for all his years of hard work for the people in Kentucky!

Sen Perry Clark

“Senator Perry Clark will be addressing the Rally tomorrow! Senator Clark has been working for cannabis reform in the Kentucky Legislature for Many years! Senator Clark and Gatewood Galbraith are true Pioneers! This will be Senator Clark’s last Hurrah as he is retiring. Make sure to let the senator know how much you appreciate his leadership and continued mission to end cannabis prohibition in Kentucky!” Dan Seum

ADDITIONALLY,

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“Senator Dan Seum will be coming from retirement to address the Rally Tomorrow! Senator Seum filed SB80, “Adult Responsible Use Act” during his last few years in office. Please let the senator know you appreciate his efforts.” — with Dan Malano Seum.

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“House Representative Jason Nemes will be addressing the Rally Tomorrow! Representative Nemes is currently championing the Medical Cannabis legislation among his colleagues in Frankfort! Please make sure to thank Rep Nemes for his continued efforts!”


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“Representative Cluster Howard will also be addressing the Rally tomorrow! Representative Howard filed HB148 “Adult Responsible Use’. Make sure to thank Rep Cluster Howard!
Rep Howard is retiring also….let him know how much you appreciate his leadership! We will miss you Representative Howard!”


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“State Representative John Sims Jr will be addressing the Rally tomorrow! Representative Sims has been working with the Crawford’s and KY4MM for several years on Medical Cannabis! He co-sponsors HB136. Make sure to thank Rep Sims!”


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“We have invited all co-sponsors of HB136 (Medical Cannabis), too many to mention here. But please know that we appreciate ALL the legislators who have put their names on Each of the 10 cannabis bills filed this session!
J. Nemes, J. Sims Jr, T. Bojanowski, C. Booker, T. Branham Clark, K. Bratcher, G. Brown Jr, T. Burch, M. Cantrell, J. Donohue, L. Elkins, D. Elliott, K. Flood, C. Freeland, A. Gentry, J. Glenn, J. Gooch Jr., D. Graham, C. Harris, M. Hart, A. Hatton, K. Hinkle, C. Howard, T. Huff, J. Jenkins, M. Koch, N. Kulkarni, D. Lewis, S. Maddox, M. Marzian, C. McCoy, R. Meeks, R. Meyer, C. Miller, J. Miller, P. Minter, D. Osborne, R. Palumbo, P. Pratt, R. Rand, J. Raymond, D. Schamore, A. Scott, M. Sorolis, C. Stevenson, W. Stone, S. Westrom, B. Wheatley, R. Wiederstein, L. Willner, L. Yates”

PLEASE CHECK DAN SEUM’S PROFILE FOR ADDITIONAL UPDATES THROUGHOUT TODAY AND ALSO THE EVENT LINK.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 12:30 PM – 2 PM EDT

700 Capital Ave, Frankfort, KY 40601-3448, United States

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LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE THERE!

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AT ELECTION TIME, VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS UPON IT —  BECAUSE IT DOES!

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Medical marijuana bill advances in KY General Assembly


Above:  HB 136 primary cosponsor Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, presenting the medical marijuana legislation for a floor vote.

For Immediate Release

February 20, 2020

Medical marijuana bill advances in KY General Assembly

FRANKFORT— For the first time in Kentucky history, a bill to legalize medical marijuana came to a vote on the floor of the Kentucky House. Apparently the first time was a charm.

Members of the House voted 65-30 to approve the legalization of medical marijuana under House Bill 136, along with eight floor amendments to the bill. The measure now goes to the Senate for its consideration.

“HB 136 when it is passed, which I hope that it is, will be the tightest medical marijuana bill in the country,” said Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, who shares primary sponsorship of the measure with Rep. John Sims Jr., D-Flemingsburg.

Nemes said that he and Sims have spent years meeting with stakeholders to ensure that the legislation addresses their concerns.

“We’ve met with stakeholders from law enforcement, constituents, regular folks … patients, physicians, chiropractors. I mean, you name it, we’ve been there,” he said.

The bill as passed by the House would extensively clarify state policies for cultivation, processing, sale, distribution, and use of medical marijuana. Licensing of cannabis dispensaries is covered, as is maintenance of a cardholder registry for cannabis users.

Smoking of medical marijuana would be prohibited under HB 136.  The bill instead would allow the drug to be dispensed as “edibles” such as gummies, oils, or similar products.  Customers would be limited to a month’s supply at one time.

Keeping with the sponsors’ commitment to make HB 136 a public health bill and not a revenue maker, Nemes said excise taxes and all other revenue created by the bill would go to regulation of the program and nothing else. Additionally, local governments would have the last say in whether medical marijuana businesses operate within their jurisdiction.

Among those House members voting against the proposal was former Kentucky State Trooper and current pastor Rep. Chris Fugate, R-Chavies. He cited the fact that marijuana remains a federally controlled substance that isn’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as a reason for his vote.

“Marijuana, no matter how we look at it, is against federal law” and joins heroin, LSD, and ectasy as a Schedule I narcotic, said Fugate. It is also a “gateway drug,” he said, referring to drugs that are believed by some to lead to abuse of more dangerous drugs later on.

Voting is support of the bill was Rep. Robert Goforth, R-East Bernstadt. The licensed pharmacist said he supports the bill on behalf of individuals like his adult brother diagnosed years ago with cerebral palsy.

Goforth said he sees his brother suffer on a regular basis from “adverse side effects” caused by FDA-approved anticonvulsants and other drugs.

“If I can give him a little bit of relief from the FDA-approved medication that has caused those adverse side effects for him, to control those conditions, I’m going to do it. I have to do it,” he said.

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REMEMBER! MARK YOUR CALENDAR! MARCH 11TH, 2020; Cannabis Rally In The Rotunda–FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY.


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MARCH 11TH, 2020

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

CAPITOL ROTUNDA

700 CAPITOL AVENUE

FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY  40601

We will be discussing the progress we have made, current legislation, and what folks can do to help end the prohibition against this life-saving plant.
All advocates, and all parties, are welcomed!
If interested in speaking about your cannabis bill, or a bill you have sponsored, please PM us, or leave a comment below and we will reach out to you.
We hope to see y’all there!!
If you are a CBD store owner, cannabis farmer, cannabis processor, or you sell cannabis products in Kentucky and you plan to be at the rally, please leave a comment below so folks know to look for you.

ANY QUESTIONS?  CONTACT DAN SEUM AT THIS LINK!

Kentucky House Judiciary Committee advances medical cannabis bill! (hb136)


Kentucky House Judiciary Committee advances medical cannabis bill!

Seriously ill Kentuckians have been waiting long enough — urge your state legislators to support HB 136!

Today, Kentucky’s House Judiciary Committee voted 17-1 to pass HB 136, a bill that would legalize cannabis for medical use. Next the bill will proceed to the full House, where it is expected to receive a vote soon.

Please write your legislators today and urge them to pass this compassionate legislation!

Fifty-one of Kentucky’s 100 state representatives are cosponsors of HB 136, and Gov. Andy Beshear has indicated that he strongly supports medical cannabis.

However, some Senate leaders remain opposed, so the challenge for advocates will be getting a bill through both chambers of the legislature and to the governor’s desk.

It’s critical that legislators hear from their constituents who support medical cannabis. After you write your legislators, please share this message with your friends and family.

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PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT HB136 IS A NON SMOKABLE NON GROWABLE BILL!  IT IS STRICTLY FOR MEDICAL CONSUMPTION ONLY!

“to prohibit smoking of medicinal marijuana;”

“to establish limits on the THC content of medicinal marijuana that can be produced or sold in the state”

“to exempt certain records and information from the disclosure under the Kentucky Open Records Act;”

“to permit an employer to restrict the possession and use of medicinal marijuana by an employee;”

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Sen. Perry Clark introduced SB105 on January 22, 2020 which DOES include adult use, small amounts of growing for personal use as well. Please view the Bill at this link!

“to allow for possession, growth, use, processing, purchasing, transfer, and consumption of cannabis;”

“to establish provisions for personal cultivation;”

“to establish provisions for palliative or therapeutic use of cannabis by persons under the age of 21;”



https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/2019/12/19/2020-kentucky-marijuana-bills/

KY: Sen. Perry B. Clark has introduced SB 105… “An ACT related to Cannabis”…


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As of today, January 22, 2020, Senator Perry Clark has introduced SB 105, “AN ACT relating to the regulation of cannabis and making an appropriation therefor”, as is posted on the Kentucky Legislature site. 

To date, this is the best Bill which I have seen, as it supports all facets of Cannabis, including medicinal use for those under 21 if needed. 

Here is a paragraph of the Bill:

Create various new sections of KRS Chapter 245 to define terms; to allow for possession, growth, use, processing, purchasing, transfer, and consumption of cannabis; to establish limits for transfer; to allow for purchasing and manufacture of cannabis accessories; to authorize activities and operation of retail stores, consumption establishments, cultivation facilities, cannabis testing facilities, and product manufacturing facilities; to establish possession limits; to prohibit smoking cannabis in public and to establish a fine for violation; to prohibit operation of motor vehicles while consuming cannabis and to specify that existing intoxication laws are not superseded; to prohibit state or local resources to be used to investigate violations of federal Controlled Substances Act that conflict with this KRS Chapter 245; to specify that an employer is not required to allow consumption, workplace intoxication, possession, or transfer of cannabis; to prohibit individuals under the age of 21 from entering cannabis establishments, purchasing, using, or misrepresenting their age and to provide for exceptions; to establish provisions for palliative or therapeutic use of cannabis by persons under the age of 21  LINK

The full Bill can be viewed at this link….

Please view the entire Bill!

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https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/2020/01/16/kentucky-please-get-involved-this-session/

https://kentuckymarijuanaparty.com/2020/01/16/kentucky-cannabis-rally-at-the-rotunda-in-frankfort/

https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/record/20rs/sb105.html

https://legislature.ky.gov/Legislators/Pages/Legislator-Profile.aspx?DistrictNumber=137

In a related article from 2013…

https://louisvillefuture.com/archived-news/perry-clark-pushes-for-pot-says-the-people-must-push/

KENTUCKY, Please Get Involved This Session!


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January 16, 2020

FROM DAN SEUM,

In Frankfort with Tom Rector Jr. working to End Cannabis Prohibition in Kentucky! A Very Productive Day!

Six (6) Bills have been filed pertaining to cannabis thus far! One (1) more on the way! Simply Unheard of 8 years ago! Thanks to the Pioneers, Gatewood Galbraith, Senator Perry Clark, Senator Dan Seum, And All Advocates!

Please Get Involved This Session!

SB148: Legalize, Regulate, Expunge

HB136: Medical

HB236: Hemp

HB102: THC Testing/Screening

HB221: Decriminalization

SB65: THC Testing

SB?: Coming Soon!!!

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KENTUCKY CANNABIS RALLY AT THE ROTUNDA IN FRANKFORT!

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