FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2015) – A Kentucky House bill prefiled for 2016 would legalize marijuana for recreational use, taxing and regulating the crop similar to alcohol. The proposal would not only legalize marijuana in the Bluegrass State, it would also take a big step toward nullifying federal cannabis prohibition in practice in Kentucky.
Sen. Perry Clark (D-Louisville) prefiled Senate Bill 44 (SB44) on Dec. 11 for introduction in the 2016 legislative session. The bill would allow individuals aged 21 years and older to do the following:
(a) Possess up to one (1) ounce of cannabis on his or her person;
(b) Possess and cultivate up to five (5) cannabis plants for personal consumption;
(c) Possess any additional cannabis produced by the person’s lawful cannabis cultivation, except that any amount of cannabis in excess of one (1) ounce shall be possessed in the same facility or on the same property where the cannabis plants were cultivated;
(d) Consume cannabis on private property with the permission of the property owner;
(e) Transfer one (1) ounce or less of cannabis and up to five (5) immature cannabis plants to persons twenty-one (21) years of age or older without remuneration; and
(f) Assist any person who is twenty-one (21) years of age or older in any of the acts described in this section.
If SB44 is successful, Kentucky would be the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through the state legislature rather than the ballot initiative process.
EFFECT ON FEDERAL PROHIBITION
Passage of SB44 would remove…