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Kratom Advocates Speak Out Against Proposed Government Ban

Sep 12, 2016

Kratom is made from the leaves of a small tree native to Southeast Asia that is a relative of the coffee plant. According to David Kroll, a pharmacologist and medical writer, farmers and indigenous people have used it for hundreds of years as both a stimulant to increase work output and also at the end of the day as a way to relax.

The leaves are often brewed like a tea, or crushed and mixed with water. In the U.S., kratom has become popular among people coping with chronic pain and others trying to wean themselves off opioids or alcohol.

Karisa Rowland is one of them.

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  A federal opinion on industrial hemp research programs may provide new opportunities in Kentucky.  

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A McCracken County, Ky physician has plead guilty in federal court to a number of drug and fraud charges related to health care matters. 

According to United States Attorney John Kuhn, Jr., Sean P. McDonald,46, admitted before Senior District Judge Thomas Russell to devising a scheme for obtaining prescription pain medication while working as a physician at Western Baptist and Lourdes hospitals in Paducah.  

'Growing Warriors' To Begin Planting Hemp This Week

May 19, 2014
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A group of Kentucky military veteran farmers say they will plant a crop of hemp seeds this week following a federal court hearing.

The Kentucky Agriculture Department had sued the Drug Enforcement Agency over the DEA's seizure of hemp seeds imported for research. A judge ruled that the seeds can be released with the proper permits. 

Comer Sues Federal Government Over Hemp Seed Seizure

May 14, 2014
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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has filed suit against the federal government over its seizure of 250 pounds of imported hemp seeds that arrived in Louisville from Italy last week.

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Earlier this month, the circulation of plant seeds containing a psychoactive chemical compound similar to LSD led to the hospitalization of five Stewart County High School students.

The seeds of Hawaiian Baby Woodrose – a climbing vine – contain lysergic acid amide, or LSA.

Kentucky officials are again approaching the United States Drug Enforcement Administration about growing industrial hemp in the state. 

The Kentucky State Police seized nearly 50 pounds of crystal methamphetamine in Graves County Thursday following an investigation and traffic stop.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and law enforcement agencies across the state will be collecting unused prescription medications on Saturday. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

53 pounds in crystal methamphetamine is now in the hands of Kentucky law enforcement after a three month investigation.

On Friday multiple agencies including the Kentucky State police, DEA and the ATF executed a search warrant at the home of John Slingland and Abbie Jones in southern Graves County. Slingland and Jones were taken into custody and approximately two pounds of crystal methamphetamine, more than five pounds of marijuana, 25 firearms and over $50,000 in U.S. Currency was seized.