Kentucky Bill Would Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

Legislation to decriminalize the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana – and up to five grams of resin – has been filed in Kentucky’s Senate.

Senate Bill 82 was filed by State Senator Jimmy Higdon (R). It was initially assigned to the State and Local Government Committee, but was reassigned today to the Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor Committee. The measure would decriminalize “personal use quantity” of marijuana, which is defined by being less than an ounce of bud or less than five grams of resin. Those caught possessing within these limits could not face jail time or a criminal charge, but could be given a fine.

The legislation would also exempt “personal use marijuana accessories” from the state’s drug paraphernalia law, allowing for the possession of smoking devices such as pipes and bongs.

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Kentucky Marijuana Possession Laws

Kentucky Marijuana Possession LawsKentucky Marijuana Possession Laws:

 

Up to 8 ounces:

Penalty: Misdemeanor with up to 45 days in jail and/or a maximum fine of $250.

 

Anything above 8 ounces is considered for distribution purposes. Below is Kentucky’s distribution laws:

 

Less than 8 oz (first offense)MisdemeanorIncarceration: 1 yearFine: $500
Less than 8 oz (subsequent offense)FelonyIncarceration: 1 – 5 yearsFine: $10,000
8 oz – 5 lbs (first offense)FelonyIncarceration: 1 – 5 yearsFine: $10,000
8 oz – 5 lbs (subsequent offense)FelonyIncarceration: 5 – 10 yearsFine: $10,000
5 lbs or more (first offense)FelonyIncarceration: 5 – 10 yearsFine: $10,000
5 lbs or more (subsequent offense)FelonyIncarceration: 10 – 20 yearsFine: $10,000
To a minor (first offense)FelonyIncarceration: 5 – 10 yearsFine: $10,000
To a minor (subsequent offense)FelonyIncarceration: 10 – 20 yearsFine: $10,000
Within 1000 yards of a school or parkFelonyIncarceration: 1 – 5 yearsFine: $10,000

 

 

For further information on Kentucky marijuana laws – including penalties for cultivation – click here. For recent updates to Kentucky’s marijuana possession laws and other Kentucky-related stories, click here.

Bill to Legalize Cannabis Filed in Kentucky Senate

kentLegislation to legalize the recreational use of cannabis for those 21 and older has been prefiled for the upcoming legislative session (beginning January) in Kentucky.

The Cannabis Freedom Act (Senate Bill 44), filed by Senator Perry B. Clark, would allow those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis and cultivate up to five cannabis plants at a private residence. The measure would establish a regulatory a licensing system for cannabis retail outlets and cultivation centers.

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