(KY) Hemp, broadband concerns brought before state panel


For Immediate Release

November 18, 2019

Hemp, broadband concerns brought before state panel

FRANKFORT—Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney said his organization’s advice for Kentucky’s growing number of hemp producers is “be careful.”

Haney told the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture today that farmers are encouraged to enter the growing hemp industry, but with minimal risk. Kentucky is still in its first five years of modern hemp production which began in 2014 under the state’s Industrial Hemp Research Pilot Program.

The research pilot program is ending this year, with the state’s Hemp Licensing Program entering a new stage of commercial production in 2020.

“We tell all the producers, and have been saying all along, be careful. Go slow. Don’t risk any more than you can afford to put at risk,” said Haney. The caution comes as many farmers, he said, look to hemp as a replacement for once-reliable sources of income—like tobacco—amid today’s agriculture market disruptions and downturns.

Making hemp as profitable as tobacco once was to Kentucky farmers, if possible, will take time, said Haney.

“It would be wonderful if we could do that,” he said. “So we’re telling folks, ‘help us build the industry and don’t just try to swing for a home run.’”

Haney said the Farm Bureau has formed a hemp advisory committee to work on issues that could help farmers build the industry moving forward. That work, he said, could come in handy in any future legislative discussions concerning the farmer’s role in the hemp industry. Haney said he hopes hemp processors will take a similar approach regarding their role in the industry.

“Most of the questions about hemp that I’ve heard were not about production of hemp. It was about the processing of hemp and how we transport it, how we get paid for it, (about) the systems from the farm gate through the rest of the pipeline,” said Haney.

Rep. Joe Graviss, D-Versailles, asked Haney if the Farm Bureau’s hemp advisory committee could look into whether Kentucky farmers are being fairly compensated for their crop. He also encouraged a standard means to test hemp products, saying he would like the organization to look into “standardization in testing” of hemp products on store shelves to make sure “what is on the shelf at a gas station or a pharmacy is actually going to contain the same stuff.”

Concerns about cash flow to hemp producers also voiced by Graviss were shared earlier in the meeting with Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy Executive Director Warren Beeler, who said farmers have had high hopes for hemp amid uncertainty in other agricultural markets. Now farmers are finding that hemp production brings its own uncertainty, he told lawmakers.

“We don’t know exactly where we’re going to end up,” said Beeler. “But hemp has a chance to help us. It has a chance to be maybe that tobacco that we thought we’d never have a replacement for.”

One of the most critical issues facing many Kentucky farmers, said Haney, is the need for high-speed broadband. While most Kentuckians have internet access, Haney said rural areas remain that don’t have the connection speed necessary to use high-tech apps and programs now commonplace in modern agriculture.

“If you can’t operate the device that you’re working with because the speed is so low that you can’t even download the programming … it’s pretty sad. And it’s important to our members more now than it has ever been before,” said Haney, adding that his organization will likely approach the Kentucky General Assembly for help on the matter in the future.

Sen. Stephen West, R-Paris, an attorney and cattle farmer, said internet connectivity is important to him and his constituents, including a number of rural Kentuckians with limited internet access. West said that while full implementation the KentuckyWired project—which is intended to provide gigabit-speed access statewide—is expected within the next year or so, he wonders what support there is from the private sector for improved internet speed.

“They have to address these issues to get more service out to our farmers and rural areas,” West said.

Haney said the Farm Bureau is communicating with the private sector and is “hoping to put together some stakeholders that will continue to work on this in the near future.”

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BLAKE ASHBY; 2020 LIBERTARIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE


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American Capitalism is BROKEN and we need to fix it!

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American Capitalism is broken, and we need to fix it. What made our economy great, our country great, was a compromise many decades ago – Democratic Capitalism. A key part of that compromise was an agreement that we would all play by the same set of financial rules. One set of rules.

And it worked. Because we all played by the same set of rules, everyone had a chance to participate in our economy, and everybody had a chance to benefit from our economy. Until the 1980s’ the wealth our economy created was shared by everyone, wealthy, middle class and even the poor. Every income level got to participate in the benefits of capitalism. It was a rising tide that lifted all boats.

Since the 1980s’ the exact opposite has been true. Virtually all of the financial gains generated by our economy over the last 30 years, more than 21 trillion dollars in wealth, has gone almost exclusively to the very top, to the very wealthy. In the last three decades, the middle class and the poor have received only a tiny, tiny sliver the wealth created by our economy during that time.

This was NOT the natural result of capitalism. It happened because the Keepers of Capitalism allowed a second set of rules to be slipped into different parts of our economy that only benefitted a small part of our population. A second set of rules that allowed Corporate CEO salaries to go from 20 times workers wages to 300 times workers wages. A second set of rules that allows private equity funds to buy, strip and bankrupt healthy companies. A second set of rules that allow Wall Street to generate tens of billions of dollars in profits from selling and insuring things it doesn’t even own. A second set of rules that allows the very wealthy to avoid almost any scrutiny from the IRS.

We can fix all of these. We can fix the distortion that allowed CEO salaries to skyrocket. We can end the advantages of private equity. We can keep Wall Street from selling things it doesn’t own. We can make the IRS treat every taxpayer exactly the same. We can do it. We can get back to one set of rules for everybody. We can get back to an economy where EVERYBODY shares in the gains.

And we should do it, because capitalism actually works better if there is one set of rules for everybody.

Fixing American capitalism won’t be easy, because the people that are making all of the money don’t want the system to change. But we can do it. If we all work together, we can get back to one set of financial rules for everybody. We can get back to an economy where every American benefits. We can get back to Democratic Capitalism.

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On Tuesday, November 5th, WE Must Be The Change In Kentucky! Vote HICKS/CORMICAN! This Is Why…


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On Tuesday, November 5th, the most important election in Kentucky in many years is about to happen!

I am not here to argue with anyone.  I am here to present the facts and my opinion as I see it.

Therefore,

First of all, you must vote to see change!  If you are eligible to Vote and are registered to do so – You must VOTE!  It is your Civic Duty.  And if you are eligible to vote but did not register, shame on you!

IF you want a change in your Government, you have to vote for the people who will CHANGE the way things are being done in           Kentucky!

You CANNOT vote for a Democrat or Republican and expect anything to change – only to get worse!  So if that is what you want, then go for it!

Otherwise, BE THE CHANGE that Kentucky must have in order to succeed!  John Hicks and Ann Cormican – Libertarian are running for the most important office in the State.  That is where we must start!  At the top!

On November 1st, Rep. Jason Nemes prefiled this years “medical marijuana bill” for Kentucky.  It will become House Bill 136 when the Session opens in January, and if it passes we will once again become Slaves to the system!  A few points on the Bill as written are:

*  Department for Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control to implement and regulate the medicinal marijuana program in Kentucky;

*  establish the Division of Medicinal Marijuana within the Department of Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control;

establish restrictions on the possession of medicinal marijuana by qualifying patients, visiting patients, and designated caregivers;

*  establish certain protections for cardholders;

*  establish professional protections for practitioners; to provide for the authorizing of practitioners by state licensing boards to issue written certifications for the use medicinal marijuana;

*  establish professional protections for attorneys;

* prohibit the possession and use of medicinal marijuana while operating a motor vehicle;

to prohibit smoking of medicinal marijuana;

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

*  to require the department to implement and operate a registry identification card program; to establish requirements for registry identification cards; to establish registry identification card fees; to require the department to operate a provisional licensure receipt system; to establish the application requirements for a registry identification card; to establish when the department may deny an application for a registry identification card;

*  establish certain responsibilities for cardholders; to establish when a registry identification card may be revoked;

*  establish various cannabis business licensure categories; to establish tiering of cannabis business licenses; to require certain information be included in an application for a cannabis business license; to establish when the department may deny an application for a cannabis business license;

*  to establish rules for local sales, including establishing the process by which a local legislative body may prohibit the operation of cannabis businesses within its territory and the process for local ordinances and ballot initiatives;

*  establish technical requirements for cannabis businesses;

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

*  to establish requirements for cannabis cultivators, including cultivation square footage limits; to establish requirements for cannabis dispensaries; to establish requirements for safety compliance facilities; to establish requirements for cannabis processors; to establish procedures for the department to inspect cannabis businesses;

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

*  to establish that nothing in the bill requires government programs or private insurers to reimburse for the cost of use; to establish the medicinal marijuana trust fund; to establish the local medicinal marijuana trust fund; and to establish procedures for the distribution of local cannabis trust fund moneys;

*  create a new section of KRS Chapter 138 to establish an excise tax of 12% for cultivators and processors for selling to dispensaries; to require that 80% of the revenue from the excise taxes be deposited into the medicinal marijuana trust fund; to require that 20% of the revenue from the excise taxes be deposited into the local medicinal marijuana trust fund; amend KRS 342.815 to establish that the Employer’s Mutual Insurance Authority shall not be required to provide coverage to an employer if doing so would subject the authority to a violation of state or federal law;

Is this what you want?

The above is not all inclusive of the regulations, and they will no doubt change again when it is introduced in January.  Read the Bill!

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Please note that there are NO provisions for “smokable cannabis”, and NO mention of Children’s rights either.  There are NO provisions for growing your own plants, and this BILL in my opinion is being promoted for the Corporate/Pharmaceutical industry. 

Out of all the Bills previously submitted for “medical” or “adult use” Cannabis in Kentucky this is the worst one yet!  Do not fall for the legal lies which they are feeding you because they are preying on your fears for your Children’s needs, mostly.  The fact is, what M.D., is going to give you permission or a written statement that will give you the right to medicate your child with Cannabis?  The answer to that is virtually none, and if there was even one that WOULD do it there is no guarantee that you will be able to access that Physician!

The bill would prohibit the smoking of marijuana for medical purposes, but would allow other forms of consumption, such as edibles, oils and pills.  A 12% excise tax is proposed for cultivators and processors for selling to dispensaries.  LINK

I have consulted with several other Senior Activists in Kentucky over this issue and we all surmised basically the same opinions on the matter!  This is in NO way a repeal of prohibition of Cannabis and in no way will it ascertain our rights to this plant – medically or otherwise.  It is however, worth some $$$ to Corporate Ventures and Kentucky Government as it now stands!

In my opinion, for those parents who have seriously ill children in need of this medicine they need to consider moving to a honest medical cannabis State such as Colorado or elsewhere.  For those who are unable to do this due to financial situations we must set up a fund to enable them to do so.  I can honestly say that if it were my child that is exactly what I would do!  Not because I want to leave my home in Kentucky, but because my Childs life is more important and I would be compelled to do so, IF John Hicks and Ann Cormican are not elected. 

The “Undergreen Railroad” is one such organization.  I will look into this organization further, especially if Hicks/Cormican are not elected, because you all are going to need it!

Finally, we come to the third candidate in the governor’s race. Libertarian John Hicks. John is a Vietnam Era Army veteran, a former school teacher, and currently an IT consultant. He has a BA Degree in Political Science and History. He has never held political office, but ran previously for State Representative (District 43) in 2018. John is pro-life and believes government should stay out of personal issues.
John supports the legalization of marijuana, expanded gaming, and the development of hemp as sources of additional state revenue (better than raising taxes!). He also believes that the best way to compensate for budget shortfalls is to reduce the size of government and streamlining operations. Additionally, John Hicks supports election reform; specifically by introducing run-offs, using ranked choice voting, proportional representation, multi member districts which would end partisan gerrymandering.
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Manages Kentucky Open Source Society

John Hicks IS qualified for the position of Governor, as he IS ONE OF US!  He will bring us liberty and fight for OUR rights as Kentucky Citizens!

We need to show the entire Country what Kentucky can do when faced with such a dire situation – It’s not just about Cannabis – It is about Liberty and  Justice for All!

Please make the right choice for our State, our Families, our Children, and our Country!

Do not condemn Our State once again!

God Bless You All

smkrider

11/3/2019

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https://www.wlky.com/article/kentucky-lawmaker-prefiles-bill-to-legalize-medical-marijuana/29669383?fbclid=IwAR2a8kMPicpnBgioaeKcHaEoYxiuBNGC3bzvwhGsb10DS7DoVeHIMu3wBD0#

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Randy Moore interviews candidate for KY Gov. John Hicks


Web Exclusive: Randy Moore interviews candidate for KY Gov. John Hicks

By Randy Moore | August 28, 2019 at 4:18 PM CDT – Updated August 28 at 4:18 PM

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) – We now have 14 News web exclusive interviews with all three candidates in the race for Kentucky Governor.

You know about Republican Governor Matt Bevin and Democrat Attorney General Andy Beshear, but you might not know much about Libertarian candidate John Hicks.

Hicks lives on the west side of Louisville. He is an I.T. specialist with experience as a public school teacher and community newspaper publisher and editor.

Hicks met with Randy Moore at the 14 News Owensboro studio.

He says with polarization going on with the Republican and Democrat parties, now is the the perfect time for the emergence of the Libertarian Party.

“The two party system just basically pits people against each other. It divides you up into two groups and makes you hate on each other. And that’s a way to keep people distracted so the powers that be that control these parties get their work done. I think people are beginning to see that and that’s why they are coming to the Libertarian Party,” said Hicks.

CONTINUE READING…

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FACEBOOK PAGE THIS LINK

KENTUCKY LIBERTARIAN PARTY THIS LINK

PLEASE JOIN US NOW AND BE THE CHANGE FOR KENTUCKY!  WE NEED SOMEONE WHO CARES ABOUT US, NOT THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS AND SPECIAL INTERESTS!  THIS MAY BE THE LAST CHANCE WE HAVE TO GET THIS RIGHT!  DON’T LET ANOTHER DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN SET US UP FOR FAILURE AGAIN!  DON’T BELIEVE THE LIES!

(KY) General Assembly’s 2020 session to begin Jan. 7


For Immediate Release

September 18, 2019

General Assembly’s 2020 session to begin Jan. 7

FRANKFORT – The schedule for the 2020 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly was approved today by legislative leaders.

The session is scheduled to convene on Jan. 7 and adjourn April 15. It is expected to last 60 legislative days – the maximum allowed by the state constitution in even-numbered years.

Lawmakers will not convene on Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or on Feb. 17 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

March 2 will be the final day that House bills can be introduced and March 3 will be the final day for the introduction of Senate bills. Bills that have been introduced by these deadlines will be able to continue moving through the legislative process until the session adjourns.

The veto recess – the period of time in which lawmakers return to their home districts to await possible gubernatorial vetoes of legislation – will run from April 2-13. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol on April 14 and 15 for the final two days of the session.

To view the calendar online, go to: https://legislature.ky.gov/Documents/20RS_Calendar.pdf.

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2020 Kentucky Hemp Program Application Period To Open Nov. 15


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Sean Southard

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(502) 782-9253

For Immediate Release

FRANKFORT (Sept. 27, 2019) – Kentucky hemp growers and processors may apply for a hemp license from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s (KDA) hemp program for 2020 beginning November 15, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles announced.

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve our hemp program,” Commissioner Quarles said. “We are making significant changes to the application process for the 2020 growing season to make it work better for Kentucky’s growers and processors. 2019 will be a record-breaking year for Kentucky’s hemp program, and we expect continued growth in 2020.”

Among the major application changes in 2020:

  • KDA will accept grower applications from November 15, 2019, to March 15, 2020.
  • KDA will accept processor/handler applications beginning on November 15, 2019.
  • The KDA will host an online application on its hemp webpage, kyagr.com/hemp.
  • The new online application will include a mapping function.

“Kentucky continues to be the tip of the spear on restoring this crop, but I always remind folks that we are still in the infancy of the restoration. Challenges persist, ranging from federal uncertainty regarding cannabinol to banking and lending issues,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Any business venture – especially in a new industry – carries risk, and the hemp industry is no exception. It is important that our growers and processors remain clear-eyed about the opportunities and challenges ahead of us in the years to come.”

For those interested in learning more about Kentucky’s hemp program, KDA will host a Kentucky Hemp Summit for growers, processors, and other interested parties on December 4, 2019, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

The 2018 Farm Bill removed industrial hemp from the federal Controlled Substances Act, gave hemp growers increased access to USDA programs, and outlined the minimum requirements a state regulatory framework must contain to earn approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The federal Risk Management Agency announced in August that certain hemp growers may obtain insurance coverage under the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection Program in 2020.

For more information about KDA’s hemp research pilot program, go to kyagr.com/hemp .

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BEWARE–Counterfeit money circulating in Bowling Green


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Below is a memo forwarded to me for posting which outlines the issue of someone who is unaware passing counterfeit currency.  Totally unaware of the fact that it was a counterfeit bill – How would someone tell?  People don’t normally carry markers to check for bad bills in their pockets!  They were having a yard sale and was taken advantage of both monetarily with the counterfeit bill and as well lost a set of tires which they “sold” to this person.  The person responsible for the counterfeit is the person who prints it and KNOWINGLY passes it. 

They have both been advised to claim “no mens rea” when they go to Court in November.  It will remain to be seen how this turns out.

In the meantime, be aware that this can happen to anyone!  Be careful who you accept cash from and maybe we all should buy a counterfeit banknote detection pen, to carry in our pockets at all time, because this is what it has come down to! 

The paragraphs below come from Gordon Joseph and Mary Thomas Spears, who are the ones suffering this incident.  I’m sure others have as well. 

Begin…

Mary Thomas-Spears Joseph and myself, just got out of the Warren County Regional Jail were we spent the last two nights.

They arrested both of us for supposedly trying to pass a Counterfeit or Forged Instrument.

BEWARE! THIS COULD HAPPEN TO YOU!

A Blonde Headed Man in his 30’s, looks and acts younger. I tried to guess his age. He told me mid 30’s. That might also be a lie. He made a couple of trips before returning with his much older girlfriend to make a big purchase. Feeling us out I guess! They came to our yard sale at about sun set, bought a set of car tires and some motor cycle parts. Paid us with 100$ Cash.

My wife noticed the bill looked like it had been in the washer and said, that money looks like it’s been washed. He said, my boss just gave it to me. She looked at it once more and stuck it in her pocket. She has open angle glaucoma and is going blind so she thought no more of it until after we were Arrested for trying to break it for change to pay a friend we owed!

Our friend who we tried to pay didn’t have change and it was after 10pm so he suggested we go to EZ Money Liquor Store and buy something. I thought I could get change without a purchase because we already had cigarettes and we don’t drink but the guy behind the counter said we had to purchase something so I asked for a lemon aid. ..

At which point I go to pay to get change and dude accuses me of trying to pass Counterfeit money and tells me I can leave before he calls the Police…At which point, I want him to show my wife and explain it to her because we were also robbed of 100$ in car tires and motorcycle parts.

I also told him, if I were the slightest bit guilty I might have left. He keeps accusing us of trying to get one over on him while talking to police.

Police then arrest both my wife and I after refusing to call our eye witnesses or let me call the dude who passed us the bill who had been texting us for days about items. Even after reading the text he had sent us.

They really could care less about doing their jobs or investigating anything (We were informed that’s done by their detectives at some point) Right?

We were the ones robbed by the guy that bought 100$ worth of stuff at our yard sale and passed us a fake bill. How was we supposed to know it was fake? It was after dark and was a pretty damn good fake. See image above…

That the man accusing us let us take?

If he really believed we were trying to get one over on him, why let us take this image? Of course he didn’t want his face advertised as the jerk who then lied to Police. Telling Police that we both tried to pass it.

Anyway, my wife the Marijuana Activist is one of the main reasons Marijuana is a minor offense in Kentucky today, and she was carrying about 6 grams of her medical cannabis when they searched her and her truck.   There were some “roaches” which contained White Sage (a Native American Remedy) for her Lungs.

The result was, they = Police kept calling it synthetic marijuana. When it is not at all!

Doesn’t matter! They charged her with Possession of Synthetic Marijuana and Marijuana and possession or trying to pass a Forged Instrument.

She wasn’t even in the store when I tried to buy the lemon aid or get change.

My wife who suffers from a very rare nervous system disease called SMS or Stiff Mans Syndrome then was incarcerated without her medication, which they had confiscated and had charged her with, was then placed in a detox cell to be detoxed for pot!
Which is not toxic and can’t intoxicated, so you can’t detox!

THEY DID HOWEVER DENY A MARIJUANA PATIENT her much needed Medication. That was documented in that jail where she has nearly died more than once from the severe abuse and extreme medical neglect she has suffered at the hands of the Officials who run or work at that Facility.

The result was, between the medical neglect of her non stop vomiting, wetting and defecating herself for most of the past 3 days,  not being able to eat or maintain what she could eat, combined with the cold of the detox cell and the stress of being accused of a Crime one didn’t commit combined with her severe PTSD and memories or flashbacks from previous incarceration’s in which she has been beaten, tortured and raped by employees of that facility who were once again making torturous threats and again neglecting her medically, she was and is very ill.

We finally got our day in Court after she/we was denied yesterday because she couldn’t stop vomiting.

Our rights were denied the entire time and we never received our one phone call.

We were released today on our own recognizances and we both have Court dates for November.  We have been charged with a Felony.  Which is a violation of my current Probation.

Please pray and share for support!

The more people watching this case the better our Justice System works when they know they are being watched!

Any advocates out there who want to write the Courts should address any info or letters of recommendations to Judge Sam Potter of Warren County Justice Center, (address to be added or you can Google) Bowling Green, KY. 42101

Advocates who want to educate the Jailer or their Medical Staff should contact 901 Kentucky St. Bowling Green, KY. 42101
(Jailers name to be added)

Thank you! For all you do to make sure real Justice is done in this Case.

sk

EVENT: “BULLIED BY BEVIN” … sponsored by…


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PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THIS VERY IMPORTANT PICNIC AND MEETING FOR ALL THOSE KENTUCKIANS WHO FEEL VERY LET DOWN BY THE CURRENT BEVIN ADMINISTRATION!

IT WILL BE HELP ON SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 (SATURDAY), AT THE HOME OF SENATOR DAN SEUM, LOCATED AT:

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THIS PICNIC IS FOR ALL OF US!  (EXCEPT MR. BEVIN)

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Above:  Please view the promotional video for the picnic with Sen. Dan Seum!

#BevinHasGotToGo

Remember when Bevin said, “I guarantee you somewhere in Kentucky today a child was sexually assaulted that was left at home because there was nobody there to watch them.”? There also was mention of children trying drugs for the first time that day.

Remember when Bevin blamed the shooting of a 7 year old on a sickout?

Remember when Bevin was running for Governor the first time and he promised he would fight to get cannabis for those needing it. Then after getting elected he said legalizing marijuana creates homelessness, fills up ERs and isn’t a realistic option for Kentucky.

Remember Bevin claiming he would sign a medical marijuana bill during the 2019 legislative session knowing his current running mate wouldn’t allow it to be heard.

Remember when Bevin bought a $2.9 million property for $1.6 million from his friend, Neil Ramsey, who happened to also donate to his political campaign and be an investor in his company. Did I mention that Ramsey was then appointed to the Kentucky Retirement System Board of Trustees by Bevin? Did I also mention that the appraiser on that property is named John May. Bevin appointed May’s wife, Shellie May, as executive director of the Kentucky Commission of Children with Special Health Care Needs.

Remember when Bevin was the least popular governor in the US?

Remember when Bevin compared teachers to thugs and called us selfish and ignorant?

Remember when Bevin said, “It’s just straight up about wanting more than your fair share,” as he compared teachers to people who hoarded rationed goods during WWII?

Remember when Bevin said teachers and state workers weren’t sophisticated enough to really understand the pension bill?

Remember when Bevin took $201.5 million from the Kentucky Employees’ Health Plan to balance the budget?

Remember when he called high court justices incompetent?

Remember when Bevin intentionally withheld the actuary analysis that revealed that the retirement system would be fully funded by 2043 if it was unchanged but continued to be fully funded?

Remember when Bevin called our students “soft” because our school districts didn’t want kids to be outside in sub zero arctic temperatures?

Remember when Al Roker called him a nitwit?

Remember when Bevin hired his friend, Grindle, and then raised his salary from $160,000 to $375,000? That’s a $215,000 raise.

Remember when Bevin got elected and he reversed the states decision to raise the minimum wage.

Remember when Bevin’s Labor Cabinet said they will fine teachers $1000 for protesting?

Remember when Bevin approved SB 151 that deleted a $5,000 life insurance death benefit from police, fire fighters, teachers, and other state workers?

Remember when Bevin called a special session in December 2018 that wasted tax payers money to accomplish nothing.

Remember when he continues to try to call a special session this year, but doesn’t have the votes?

Remember when Bevin said it’s none of the tax payers business why he uses a plan owned by the tax payers.

Remember when Bevin’s running mate became the first ever African-American woman to hold an executive office in the state of Kentucky, to then be dumped when he ran for a second term?

Remember when Bevin publicly applauded the University of Kentucky’s men’s basketball team for advancing to the Elite 8, but said nothing about University of Louisville’s women’s team who did the same thing?

Remember when Bevin said the West Louisville chess club at Nativity Academy is ‘not something you necessarily would have thought of when you think of this section of town.’?

Remember when he proudly boasted about making all of his children contract chicken pox?

Remember when Bevin said, “It’s like saving a drowning victim, Brian. It’s like somebody — they’re fighting you, biting you, pulling you under. You just need to knock them out and drag them to shore. It’s for their own good and we have to save the system,” when talking about teachers who opposed to his pension plan.

Remember when Bevin said that teachers hoard sick days?

Remember when Bevin attended the Kentucky Derby and while an interview was occurring next to him on national television about the death of a trainer, he continued to be on his phone?

Remember when Bevin was late paying his property taxes?

Remember when Bevin cut dental and vision benefits for 460,000 Medicaid recipients?

Remember when people who don’t even live in Kentucky contacted you about something embarrassing Bevin had done or said that made it on national news coverage?

Remember when Bevin says, “We are Kentucky,” at the end of every speech, but he isn’t even from Kentucky?

This list could continue on…

Just in case you need a REMINDER on why NOT to vote for

Mr. Bevin . . .

#BulliedByBevin #KyDeservesBetter #DemocracyCannotWorkVotingStraightParty #MyRightToDecide.com #RestoreCivilityToPublicService

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#WEAREKENTUCKYCITIZENSFORCHANGE !!!

smkrider 9.21.19

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These marijuana cases will no longer be prosecuted by the Jefferson County (KY) attorney


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Joe Sonka, Louisville Courier Journal Published 9:15 a.m. ET Aug. 28, 2019

Possession of a small amount of marijuana will no longer be prosecuted in Jefferson County when that is the only or primary charge, the county attorney’s office will announce Wednesday.

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell is expected to detail the new strategy at a 10 a.m. news conference, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

The policy will call for his office to no longer prosecute possession of marijuana cases involving one ounce or less, so long as that is the only charge or the most serious charge against the defendant.

The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office also will decline to prosecute cases involving possession of drug paraphernalia when that is clearly only used for marijuana consumption.

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However, the new policy will not affect marijuana cases involving trafficking, cultivation, driving under the influence, public consumption or intoxication.

O’Connell is expected defend the policy as a means to find the most efficient use of his office’s limited resources and work toward equal enforcement of laws along racial lines, citing statistics showing that black individuals are disproportionately arrested for marijuana possession compared to white individuals.

A Courier Journal investigation of 21,607 marijuana possession cases in 2017 found that African Americans accounted for two-thirds of those charged, with black drivers cited for possession at six times the rate of white people.

This disparity on marijuana charges along racial lines occurs despite national studies showing that both groups smoke marijuana at roughly the same rate.

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In June, Louisville Metro Council passed an ordinance by a 15-9 vote making arrests for possession of half an ounce or less of marijuana the lowest law enforcement priority for officers.

Kentucky statutes classify marijuana possession as a misdemeanor punishable by up to 45 days in jail and a $250 fine, though a law passed in 2012 allows individuals to have such charges voided from their record after 60 days.

This story will be updated.

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