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2022 legislative session may see two new marijuana bills

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2022 | Criminal Defense

Despite the many alleged benefits of medical marijuana, some states still work with laws that include heavy penalties for marijuana possession and use. Kentucky stands as one of those states, having only legalized the use of medicinally-approved CBD.

As legislation around marijuana evolves, it is important to keep up with the current laws and prospects. Facing criminal charges for marijuana possession poses a serious impact on anyone looking to immigrate to the US or hold down a job.

Decriminalization in Kentucky

According to Spectrum News 1, a state representative recently pre-filed two bills to reconsider marijuana in Kentucky. The first seeks to let voters vote on decriminalization, as the state representative feels that Kentuckians want to see the drug authorized for some level of adult use.

Provisions for decriminalization

The second bill aims to allow a smoother transition towards decriminalization. Provisions include the possession of up to one ounce as well as home growing up to five cannabis plants. Another facet of the second bill requires courts to expunge low-level offenses involving the drug.

Current marijuana laws in Kentucky

Present marijuana laws and their criminal charges in Kentucky have the chance to seriously affect someone’s future or immigration status. Possession or sale of 8 oz. or less is a misdemeanor with incarceration between 45 days to one year and a maximum fine of $500. Possession or sale above 8 oz. counts as a felony with fines ranging up to $10,000.

Despite how these two new bills may adjust these laws in the 2022 legislative session, the present laws stand until then.