Kentucky

Tax Stamps
Drugged Driving
Hemp

Laws, Limits and Penalties

Offense Penalty Incarceration   Max. Fine  
Possession
Less than 8 oz Misdemeanor 45 days $ 250
Sale or Trafficking
Less than 8 oz (first offense) Misdemeanor 1 year $ 500
Less than 8 oz (subsequent offense) Felony 1 - 5 years $ 10,000
8 oz - 5 lbs (first offense) Felony 1 - 5 years $ 10,000
8 oz - 5 lbs (subsequent offense) Felony 5 - 10 years $ 10,000
5 lbs or more (first offense) Felony 5 - 10 years $ 10,000
5 lbs or more (subsequent offense) Felony 10 - 20 years $ 10,000
To a minor (first offense) Felony 5 - 10 years $ 10,000
To a minor (subsequent offense) Felony 10 - 20 years $ 10,000
Within 1000 yards of a school or park Felony 1 - 5 years $ 10,000
Cultivation
Less than 5 plants (first offense) Misdemeanor 1 year $ 500
Less than 5 plants (subsequent offense) Felony 1 - 5 years $ 10,000
5 plants or more (first offense) Felony 1 - 5 years $ 10,000
5 plants or more (subsequent offense) Felony 5 - 10 years $ 10,000
Hash & Concentrates
Penalties for hashish are the same as for marijuana. Please see the marijuana penalties section for further details.
Paraphernalia
Possession of paraphernalia Misdemeanor 1 year $ 500

Details

Conditional Release

The state allows conditional release or alternative or diversion sentencing for people facing their first prosecutions. Usually, conditional release lets a person opt for probation rather than trial. After successfully completing probation, the individual's criminal record does not reflect the charge.

Drugged Driving

Every state criminalizes driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Some jurisdictions also impose additional per se laws. In their strictest form, these laws forbid drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a detectable level of an illicit drug or drug metabolite (i.e., compounds produced from chemical changes of a drug in the body, but not necessarily psychoactive themselves) present in their bodily fluids above a specific, state-imposed threshold. Read further information about cannabinoids and their impact on psychomotor performance. Additional information regarding cannabinoids and proposed per se limits is available online.

Hemp

This state has an active hemp industry or has authorized research. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa L. that contains minimal (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Various parts of the plant can be utilized in the making of textiles, paper, paints, clothing, plastics, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, animal feed, and other products. .

Tax Stamps

This state has a marijuana tax stamp law enacted. This law mandates that those who possess marijuana are legally required to purchase and affix state-issued stamps onto his or her contraband. Failure to do so may result in a fine and/or criminal sanction.