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  1. Ron Strider

    Congress Saves Medical Marijuana Patients From Pot Crackdown - For Now

    Federal protections for medical marijuana patients are safe for now thanks to an emergency resolution passed by Congress Thursday. Protections offered under the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment will need to make it into a final congressional spending package to extend past Jan. 19. That's...
  2. Ron Strider

    Even Without The Rider That Protects Medical Marijuana, A Pot Crackdown Is Unlikely

    As we approach the end of 2017, it's not clear whether Congress will renew the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment, which prohibits the Justice Department from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. James Higdon, writing in Politico Magazine, argues that the demise of the spending rider...
  3. Ron Strider

    FL: Judge Sets Hearing In 'No Smoke' Medical Marijuana Case

    A Tallahassee judge will hear argument on whether to throw out Orlando attorney John Morgan's lawsuit over the ban on smoking medical marijuana. Circuit Judge Karen Gievers scheduled a Jan. 25 hearing on the state's motion to dismiss, court records show. The suit originally was filed in...
  4. Ron Strider

    Bermuda: House - Cannabis Decriminalisation Passes

    A Bill to decriminalize small quantities of cannabis was passed in the House of Assembly last night. The Misuse of Drugs (Decriminalization of Cannabis) Amendment Act, tabled by Zane DeSilva, the Minister of Social Development and Sport, was designed to decriminalize possession of less than 7...
  5. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Legalization Plan Might Be Coming To 2018 Ohio Ballot

    Another issue to legalize marijuana might be heading to the Ohio ballot next year. The effort will be announced Monday. Jimmy Gould plans a new issue called the Ohio Constitutional Amendment for Free Market Adult Consumption of Marijuana. Gould was the key financial backer of the marijuana...
  6. Ron Strider

    CA: SF Supervisors Offer More Changes To Recreational Cannabis Legislation

    San Francisco's Board of Supervisors inched closer to creating a legal framework for the sale of recreational cannabis on Tuesday. At a special meeting of the board's Rules Committee, a quartet of supervisors approved a handful of amendments to the legislation that will govern how...
  7. Ron Strider

    Key Drivers Of Amendment 64 To Host Event Celebrating Five Years Of Legal Marijuana

    Key Drivers of Amendment 64 to Host Event Celebrating Five Years of Legal Marijuana in Colorado Nation's largest marijuana policy reform group will hold dinner and 'fireside chat' with principals behind the first successful ballot initiative to make marijuana legal for adults DENVER, Colo. –...
  8. Ron Strider

    Will Congress Deliver A December Frost To Medical Cannabis In Pa. And Beyond

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health gave approval this week for the first medical cannabis plants to be grown and processed into oil by Cresco-Yeltrah, a Chicago company operating in Butler. An implementation deadline for all the cultivators is set for late December. By a strange...
  9. Ron Strider

    MA: Marijuana Ban, Rezoning On Oxford Town Meeting Agenda

    Requests for both a temporary freeze and a permanent ban on recreational marijuana businesses in town, and a request for a zoning change that would allow business on a 106-acre parcel on Route 56, are the big issues facing voters at Wednesday's special town meeting. A zoning bylaw amendment...
  10. Ron Strider

    On The Medical Marijuana Amendment, Trump And Sessions Are Wrong

    Never underestimate the dishonesty of politicians. Exemplary is the opposition of President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to extending the Rohrabacher Medical Marijuana Amendment to prohibit the expenditure of federal funds to prosecute medical marijuana businesses that are...
  11. Ron Strider

    Congressmen Blast House For Killing Medical Marijuana Protections

    The 'Cannabis Caucus' on Capital Hill is lashing out against the House of Representatives for stripping medical marijuana patients of their only protection from the DEA. The caucus — a bipartisan group of lawmakers advocating marijuana reform — was quick to condemn the House committee that...
  12. Ron Strider

    Trump And Sessions Are Ignoring Voters' Overwhelming Support For Medical Marijuana

    Never mind what President Trump said on the campaign trail. His administration and GOP leaders appear determined to eliminate protections for medical marijuana growers, sellers and users. Every year since 2014, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) has inserted an amendment into a federal...
  13. Ron Strider

    Congress Puts Cannabis Industry On High Alert, Blocking A Vote

    Congress has once again put the cannabis industry on pins and needles. On Wednesday night, the U.S. House Rules Committee blocked a floor vote to keep in place the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment (formerly known as Rohrabacher-Farr). This amendment blocks the Justice Department from using...
  14. Ron Strider

    House Blocks Medical Marijuana Budget Amendment That Would Protect Patients

    The legal medical marijuana market took a major hit on Wednesday, after the U.S. House Rules Committee blocked an amendment for medical marijuana protections from the House's 2018 budget bill. In 2014 Congress passed the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment, prohibiting the U.S. Department of...
  15. Ron Strider

    House GOP Blocks Vote Protecting Medical Marijuana States

    Several lawmakers said Wednesday that GOP leaders won't allow the full House to vote on an amendment that bars the Justice Department from pursuing states that have legalized medical marijuana. Without legislation, states would lose protection they have enjoyed for the past four years, and...
  16. Ron Strider

    My Fellow Conservatives Should Protect Medical Marijuana From The Government

    Not long ago, a supporter of mine, visiting from California, dropped by my Capitol office. A retired military officer and staunch conservative, he and I spent much of our conversation discussing the Republican agenda. Finally, I drew a breath and asked him about an issue I feared might...
  17. Ron Strider

    Legal Status Of Financial Transactions In Marijuana Industry Lead To Cryptocurrency

    On July 27th, the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations held a hearing of the full committee to markup several pieces of legislation, including S.1662, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for 2018. News reports indicate that, during that hearing, the Senate...
  18. Ron Strider

    Cannabis Industry Weekly Recap

    It started out as another sleepy, summer week in the cannabis industry until Thursday morning when High Times announced it was merging with Origo Acquisition Corp. in order to go public. Before we get into that, we should touch base on things happening in Washington, DC. As you are probably...
  19. Ron Strider

    Senate Panel Advances Measure To Protect Medical Marijuana States

    The Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to a budget bill on Thursday to protect medical marijuana programs from federal interference in states that have legalized the drug for medical use. The amendment to the 2018 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill passed by...
  20. Ron Strider

    DC: House Committee Blocks Attempt To Let VA Docs Recommend Marijuana

    A House committee has struck down a measure allowing Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where the drug is legal, blocking it from debate Wednesday on the House floor. The "Veterans Equal Access" measure has been debated and...