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  1. Ron Strider

    MI: Medical Pot Enforcement Higher Ahead Of New Law

    County sheriffs across Michigan are using excess state revenue from medical marijuana patient and caregiver fees to beef up enforcement as the state prepares to license dispensaries and related pot businesses in communities that want them. Law enforcement agencies in 54 of Michigan's 83...
  2. Ron Strider

    CA: Nipton, Owned By A Marijuana-Growing Company, Hopes To Become Top Pot Destination

    The tiny town of Nipton, Calif., owned by a company that legally grows and sells marijuana, wants cannabis fans to know they're welcome to come and party – provided they bring their own weed. Nipton, a former mining town with a population of 20, sits in the far eastern part of San Bernardino...
  3. Ron Strider

    CA: How Business Is Changing As America's Marijuana Epicenter Goes Legal

    In November 2016, voters in California approved a ballot measure known as Proposition 64, legalizing adult recreational use of marijuana statewide. The initiative, which took full effect on Jan. 1, will make California the largest legal pot market in the world. For decades, California has...
  4. Ron Strider

    New Reports Rank Summit County 10th In Colorado's Recreational Marijuana Sales

    A newly released state data dump shows that little ol' Summit County stands second-to-none among its Colorado High Country peers – and 10th overall across the state – when it comes to recreational marijuana retail. The Cannabist, a marijuana-focused publication by The Denver Post, first...
  5. Ron Strider

    CA: Will Legalized Recreational Cannabis Increase Rural Crime Rates

    The day after Christmas, a cannabis growing operation in Carpinteria was hit by thieves who made off with plants as well as harvested marijuana, an example of what could become a growing problem for cultivators. About 9 a.m. Tuesday, deputies from the Coastal Division were called to...
  6. Ron Strider

    CA: Odor, Water Remain Concerns For Residents When It Comes To Cannabis Grows

    A cousin to roses, strawberries, hops and nettles, cannabis is an annual flowering plant with environmental impacts that are as contested as its benefits. Some experts believe cannabis plants need a lot of water to grow, while others dispute those claims. Meanwhile, neighbors of cannabis...
  7. Ron Strider

    MD: Montgomery County Leads State In Number Of Patients Who Can Buy Medical Cannabis

    After about one month of medical marijuana sales in Maryland, Montgomery County leads the state in the number of patients certified to buy the substance. A state database shows that as of Dec. 21, about 10,995 people in Maryland have gotten permission to shop at a medical cannabis dispensary...
  8. Ron Strider

    County Leaders Grapple With Tax Structure, Analyst Warns Against Visions Of Grandeur

    California's new gold rush could be green, and government leaders are grappling with how to cash in once they know if -- and where -- new cannabis ventures will be allowed. Statewide, more than $1 billion could be collected from pot sales and other activity within the next several years...
  9. Ron Strider

    WA: County Council Should Take Another Look At Sales Of Recreational Marijuana

    One of a parent's favorite sayings to a child is, "Just because everyone else is doing it doesn't mean it's a good idea." But in the case of legalizing the sales of recreational marijuana products, it's time for the Clark County council to rethink its position and not just parrot that same...
  10. Ron Strider

    CA: County Eyes Three-Part License System For Cannabis Operations

    On Dec. 7, the state of California released its "final proposed" regulations to guide aspects of the budding marijuana industry such as issuing licenses to grow, test, distribute, manufacture and sell cannabis. The regulations, for the first time since the drug was legalized by voters in...
  11. Ron Strider

    CA: Central Coast Cannabis Growers See Potential, Outsiders Waiting For Regulation

    California's Central Coast – Santa Barbara County, in particular – has for decades maintained healthy, deep roots in the agricultural industry. With the state set to begin regulating a legal commercial marijuana industry Monday, many in and around the region are preparing for the expansion of...
  12. Ron Strider

    CA: Final EIR On Cannabis Regulations, Licensing Released For Review

    The final environmental impact report on the county’s proposed Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Licensing Program has been released for public review, and hearings on the document are scheduled to begin in January. Regulations currently being developed will control medical and recreational...
  13. Ron Strider

    Marijuana and Hmong Farmers: Siskiyou County Sheriff Fights To Control Cannabis Trade

    Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey spent decades as a soldier. He enlisted in the Marines at age 18 and retired as a much-decorated colonel in the National Guard. Today he's waging war again, not against Al Qaeda or the Taliban, but an army of rogue pot growers who have spread throughout his...
  14. Ron Strider

    CA: Cannabis Takes A Lesson From Wine

    On a Saturday evening in late July, the smell of cannabis perfumed the air of a sprawling Rohnert Park office park. A small fleet of German luxury vehicles and at least one Aston Martin filled the parking lot, while a professional photographer stood stationed on a green carpet outside a...
  15. Ron Strider

    TX: Some Caught With Pot In Travis County Could Be 4 Hours Away From Zero Charges

    What if you could avoid a drug charge by taking a class, much like defensive driving? According to KUT, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously adopted a proposition for a four-hour class that would allow qualifying individuals caught with less than 2 ounces of marijuana to skip...
  16. Ron Strider

    TX: County Approves New Diversion Class For Marijuana Offenders

    The Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday to offer a course for people caught with two ounces or fewer of marijuana. The commissioners said the goal of this program is to divert individuals that are considered low-risk and keep them out of jails at the...
  17. Ron Strider

    NV: Commissioners Delay Marijuana Store Decision After Long Debate

    Clark County commissioners deliberated more than 90 minutes before delaying a decision on whether to allow local standalone recreational marijuana stores. The discussion was prompted because next year the Nevada Department of Taxation may permit medical stores to open standalone recreational...
  18. Ron Strider

    CO: Teller County Sheriff Announces Crackdown On Illegal Marijuana Grows

    Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell announced the sheriff's office will be cracking down on illegal marijuana grows, starting January 1. "Those illegal grows are often run by cartels and organizations that are criminal in nature, and they have no more room in this county," Mikesell said...
  19. Ron Strider

    FL: 60+ Marijuana Plants Discovered In Charlotte County Drug Bust

    The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit arrested a man on multiple drug-related charges on Friday after discovering a marijuana cultivation enterprise. According to deputies, authorities executed a search warrant for a house on Disston Avenue in Punta Gorda. Upon arrival...
  20. Ron Strider

    GA: Feds Take Over Marijuana-Growing Charges Against Coffee County Farmer

    A Coffee County man who has already been in federal prison three times for growing marijuana may be headed back after his indictment on charges of conspiring to grow more than 1,000 plants of the illegal weed. George Darryl Harper, 61, had been charged in Coffee County Superior Court, but...