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  1. Ron Strider

    MO: Trapp Resolution Urges City Support For Medical Marijuana Measure

    A resolution supporting legalization of medical marijuana in Missouri will be up for a vote by the Columbia City Council on Monday night. Second Ward Councilman Mike Trapp is pushing the resolution, saying the legalization of medical marijuana is "just a common-sense measure to protect...
  2. Ron Strider

    Medicinal Cannabis Works For Patient With Native American Heritage

    With two blown knees and inflamed sweat glands, Doretta Kirk just wants relief — but naturally. At age 5, a bicycle accident damaged the nerves in her left knee. Then, after years of work as a security guard, her right knee also gave way. Now at 67, she needs a walker and takes several seconds...
  3. Ron Strider

    CA: Medical Cannabis Patients Eligible For Fee Reduction, Still Face High Tax Rate

    A state-backed medical marijuana identification card program, which hasn't been popular among cannabis patients in recent years, may ramp up when California's new marijuana laws take effect in January, some say, because the regulations allow cardholders to skip the sales tax when purchasing...
  4. Ron Strider

    IL: Cannabis-Infused Fine-Dining Pop-Up To Bring Fancy Edibles To Chicago

    Herbal Notes, a California-based supper club that serves cannabis-infused meals, is coming to Chicago next month. They'll serve six courses with an infused beverage and a take-home bag – and no, it's not "technically" legal. But that's not deterring chef and founder Manny Mendoza, a High Times...
  5. Ron Strider

    Here's How Much Virginia Taxpayers Are Spending To Jail Marijuana Users

    Over the past 10 years, Virginia authorities have arrested more than 133,000 people suspected of marijuana possession. Each year, about 10,000 individuals are convicted of a first-time marijuana possession offense. And on one day in July 2017, there were 127 individuals in jail on a marijuana...
  6. Ron Strider

    Canadian Hemp Markets Could Be Side-Swiped By U.S.

    Future hemp markets are uncertain as Canadian buyers wait to see if hemp production is legalized in the United States, according to one industry professional. "There still is a lot of excitement (in the U.S.) about hemp as being something new... that grassroots excitement is one that we're...
  7. Ron Strider

    Israel: Can Cannabis Treat Asthma? Jerusalem Experts To Find Out

    CIITECH, a UK-Israel cannabis biotech startup that seeks to develop and commercialize therapeutic cannabis products, said it would fund a research project together with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to find ways to use cannabis for the treatment of asthma. CIITECH said the project would...
  8. Ron Strider

    MA: Should Towns That Ban Pot Dispensaries Get The Tax Revenue

    Who should share in the spoils of the new recreational marijuana industry? If pro-pot advocates get their way, it won't be any of the more than 100 municipalities that have enacted bans, moratoriums, or tight limits on licensed marijuana operations. Proponents of legalized marijuana are...
  9. Ron Strider

    ME: Lawmakers Work On More Regulations For Marijuana

    The committee ironing out the details of implementing Maine's new marijuana law just approved a draft bill overwhelmingly. Instead of a much talked about and debated 20 percent sales tax, there will be a 10 percent sales tax. There will also be an excise tax, $1.30 per pound of processed...
  10. Ron Strider

    What A Change In Direction On Federal Marijuana Policy Could Mean For Michigan

    Where Michigan fits in to the national marijuana conversation In 2008, Michigan became one of 29 states that have passed measures fully legalizing or decriminalizing medical marijuana. Since that vote, conversations on what that ballot proposal means for Michigan at the federal level, how it...
  11. Ron Strider

    OH: Mansfield Council Asked To Prohibit Medical Marijuana In City

    Brandon Moore, a former Morrow County Sheriff's Office deputy, was asked to keep the peace at a disturbance on the east side of Morrow County on Oct. 21, 2010. "What started as a civil dispute over use of property ... turned into attempted murder where a man tried to take my life and the life...
  12. Ron Strider

    MI: Residents Speak Out, Learn At Medical Marijuana Town Hall In Dearborn Heights

    Both sides in the debate to allow medical marijuana grow facilities to the city gathered Thursday for a town hall hosted by state Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights). The senator gathered experts from around the state to speak at the Carl E. Stitt American Legion Post No. 232 to make sure...
  13. Ian Bastage

    Where we stand today - Provincial update on legalization

    Here is an article posted on the Georgia Straight website that nicely sums up the current progress on legalization with a province-by-province breakdown. How each province and territory (except B.C.) is preparing for cannabis legalization The more I read, the more it is looking like...
  14. Ron Strider

    ID: Skunk Smell In Rexburg Mistaken For Marijuana

    As one resident in Rexburg learned this past weekend, the smell of marijuana and the smell of a skunk can be very similar. On Saturday, police in the East Idaho town responded to a complaint about the odor of marijuana coming from an apartment complex. "The area was checked, and it was...
  15. Ron Strider

    800 Pounds Of Marijuana Found Hidden In Boat Drifting On Malibu Beach

    What a load. Authorities in California made quite the discovery when they seized about 800 pounds of marijuana from a boat on a Malibu beach. Canyon News reports that witnesses reported the suspicious craft to police after it was seen drifting on Westward Beach Saturday. Los Angeles County...
  16. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Legalization Bill Heading For A Compromise

    This week's roll calls are from the week of June 19-23. The report shows how local senators and representatives voted on House and Senate versions of a bill making changes and imposing new regulations on how the state will regulate the retail sale and cultivation of marijuana. A House-Senate...
  17. Ron Strider

    Former Seminole Chief To Help Other Tribes Grow Legal Weed

    An ex-chief of the Seminole Tribe, with a legendary history of wrangling regulators as he pioneered the casino industry on tribal lands, plans to help other Native American groups grow and sell tax-free marijuana in states where it's legal. James Billie, a Vietnam veteran has launched a...
  18. Ron Strider

    N.J.'s Move To Legalize Marijuana Has Begun. Here's All You Need To Know About It

    Although a topic in Trenton for three years, the campaign to legalize marijuana in New Jersey officially begins Monday when a Senate committee will discuss how the potentially billion-dollar industry should be regulated. So what will it take for you to be able to legally buy recreational pot...
  19. Ron Strider

    CA: Cannabis Cultivation Businesses Seen As A Boon For San Jacinto

    Scott Miller and Andrew Kotyuk are ready to talk about anything – but pot. The San Jacinto Council members do not smoke marijuana, but as leaders of the only city in the western Riverside County that has approved laws to allow cannabis cultivation businesses, they say that's all anyone wants...
  20. Ron Strider

    Is Smoking Marijuana The Key To Happiness

    Cannabis consumers make more money, spend more time outdoors, volunteer more and are generally more happy about life, according to a study released Thursday. Is smoking marijuana the key to happiness? According to BDS Analytics, the "well-adjusted lifestyles seen among cannabis consumers...