Good Morning Everyone,
We need some help, we are currently lobbying against SB 170 in the Kentucky senate… It is moving quite quickly as session has limited time, I need help from anyone that has an interest in the hemp derived cannabinoid market in Kentucky to contact me to help me get this thing shot down. The only real play left is an economic play.
Here are the details:
Here are a few high/low points from the senate committee on agriculture regarding SB170.
-Hornback is concerned about public safety and children’s safety in regard to the way Delta 8 is presently sold and extracted.
- The Chairman of Agriculture supports SB 170. He cited that Biden’s US secretary of agriculture endorsed the regulatory aspects of hemp nationwide. But, now lawmakers are in a dispute about a substance that did not exist until now - Delta 8. He states that even recreational drug states like Colorado and Massachusetts have banned this product.
The Chairman of Agriculture also cites a document from the FDA: 5 things to know about Delta 8.
- Delta 8 has not been evaluated or approved by the FDA and is marketed in a way that puts the public at risk.
- The FDA has received adverse event reports regarding Delta 8.
- Delta 8 has potentially harmful psychoactive and intoxicating effects.
- Delta 8 is likely manufactured and made with harmful chemicals.
- Children are at a great health risk if they consume this product.
- A lawsuit was filed against the department of agriculture and the KY state police last year. 3 plaintiffs accused those two agencies of misinterpreting state law. By adopting language on the definition of hemp, KY legalized intoxicating cannabinoids.
-Key excerpt from the judge’s opinion- SB 170 will resolve the statutory ambiguity and make it so that intoxicating substances are not legal.
Opposition: Katie Moyer states that SB 170 would ban the sale of delta 8, which is a naturally occurring compound derived from CBD. Currently it is legal. Its legality is recognized by the DEA. She states that Delta 8 is legal under current federal law and cites that the state’s current hemp policy is to promote the hemp industry. Hundreds of farmers have invested major money into this industry, if passed SB 170 would harm both rural farmers and small businesses.
She also points out that KDA could not substantiate the claims of problematic manufacturing of Delta 8.
She states that the bill is premature and calls instead for measures to regulate the product.
Hornbach states that hemp was never intended to be a hallucinogenic product, but also concedes that he does not intend for the bill to harm small businesses.
Sb 170 passed with favorable consent.
If you want to sign our petition just to help out that would also be great,
Really appreciate everyone!