Articles by Bruce Schreiner

Kentucky House Clears the Way for Legalizing Medical Marijuana

After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates cleared a historic hurdle Thursday when the Kentucky House voted to legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes. The measure won House passage on a 65-30 vote after an emotional debate, sending …

Kentucky Inches Closer to Legalizing Medical Marijuana

After years of setbacks, medical marijuana advocates in Kentucky gained momentum Wednesday when a House committee overwhelmingly approved a bill to legalize medical cannabis. The House Judiciary Committee advanced the measure on a 17-1 vote. The bill moves to the …

Kentucky Drug Overdose Deaths Decrease for First Time in 5 Years

After years of rising death tolls from a surge in drug addiction, Kentucky officials on Thursday reported the first statewide drop in drug overdose deaths since 2013. A new report indicated that 1,333 people died from drug overdoses in 2018, …

45K Barrels of Jim Beam Whiskey Destroyed in Kentucky Warehouse Fire

A Jim Beam storage warehouse that burned down, destroying 45,000 barrels of aging whiskey, was equipped with sprinklers and was insured, the company says. Meanwhile, the famed distiller is still assessing the loss of the bourbon. Remnants of the fire …

Kentucky Senate Advances First-Time DUI Offender Ignition Interlock Bill

Prospects for a bill supported by bourbon producers and Mothers Against Drunk Driving improved Wednesday when Kentucky lawmakers reversed course to advance the proposal aimed at increasing the use of a device that blocks a vehicle from starting if the …

Kentucky Bourbon Industry Expresses Support for Proposed Ignition Interlock Bill

Kentucky’s bourbon industry teamed with leaders of Mothers Against Drunk Driving on Wednesday to promote legislation aimed at reducing drunken driving by increasing the use of a device that block vehicles from starting if the driver isn’t sober. The bill …

Kentucky Governor Voices Support for Medical Marijuana as Legislature Weighs Bill

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke about his support for legalizing medical marijuana in highly personal terms on Tuesday, telling a community forum that his teenage nephew died after fighting “a very hard battle with cancer.” Asked about his stance on …

120K Gallons of Whiskey Spill After Kentucky Storage Warehouse Completely Collapses

Whiskey barrels were piled in a mountainous heap last week after the rest of a whiskey storage warehouse collapsed in Kentucky, nearly two weeks after part of the decades-old structure came crashing down. The remainder of the massive structure collapsed …

Nearly 9K Whiskey Barrels Damaged in Kentucky Bourbon Warehouse Collapse

Thousands of whiskey barrels crashed into a massive heap Friday when a large section of a decades-old storage warehouse collapsed at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country. The damaged warehouse at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown …

Revamp of Kentucky Workers’ Comp System Gets OK From State Senate

Kentucky lawmakers are closing in on making the biggest changes to the workers’ compensation system in decades after the Senate passed the measure on Thursday. The legislation – backed by business groups but opposed by organized labor groups – will …