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  1. Ron Strider

    Fix Ohio's Medical Marijuana Licensing Program

    The Ohio Department of Commerce needs to call for a do-over after all of the problems it has had rewarding licenses for growing marijuana under the state's Medical Marijuana Control Program. The trouble began last month when the Ohio Department of Commerce announced a dozen winners of Level...
  2. Ron Strider

    MI: Medical Marijuana License Applications Available Online, Earlier Than Scheduled

    The state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs gave an early Christmas present to people who want to get into the lucrative medical marijuana business. The department wasn't supposed to make applications for the five categories of licenses – growers, processers, testers, secure...
  3. Ron Strider

    Ohio Medical Marijuana Program Moves Forward Despite Calls To freeze Growing Licenses

    The Ohio Department of Commerce didn't know it hired a consultant with a felony marijuana conviction to help score medical marijuana grow license applications but says the past offense didn't undermine the agency's process for awarding the highly sought-after licenses. The department plans...
  4. Ron Strider

    Ohio Hired Convicted Felon To Score Medical Marijuana Grow License Applications

    The Ohio Department of Commerce came under fire from state officials Tuesday for hiring a medical marijuana program consultant who had a felony drug conviction on his criminal record. The felony conviction would have disqualified the consultant from being awarded the medical marijuana...
  5. Ron Strider

    Government Shutdown Could Allow Sessions To Launch Marijuana Crackdown

    Funding for the federal government is set to run out on Friday, unless Congress enacts a bill extending current spending levels before the midnight deadline. Also set to expire is a current rider that prevents the Department of Justice from interfering with state medical cannabis laws. If...
  6. Ron Strider

    OH: Prospective Medical Marijuana Growers Weigh Legal Options After Licenses Denied

    Several companies that were denied Ohio licenses to grow medical marijuana are evaluating their legal options, and one company is threatening a lawsuit to seek relief. Cincinnati-based CannAscend plans to file a lawsuit over what it contends were several "fatal flaws" in the state's process...
  7. Ron Strider

    Sessions Hints At Crackdown On Recreational Pot, Affecting California, Other States

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions hinted Wednesday that the Justice Department may take a tougher stance on recreational marijuana in the near future, a change in policy that would have a significant impact on the five states plus the District of Columbia that already allow the drug to be used for...
  8. Ron Strider

    DOJ Looking At 'Rational' Marijuana Policy

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that the Justice Department is examining ways to work toward a "rational" marijuana policy, though he did not provide details, including whether the DOJ will crack down on states where the drug has been legalized. "We're looking very hard on that...
  9. Ron Strider

    OH: Marijuana Cultivation Site Approved In North Toledo

    State regulators have approved a North Toledo medical marijuana cultivation site. The Ohio Department of Commerce on Friday announced license approvals for 11 Level II cultivators, which can have grow operations of 3,000 square feet or less. OhioGrow LLC, which has proposed a cultivation site...
  10. Ron Strider

    Washington State Department of Agriculture Start Writing Rule To Fine Unapproved Hemp

    The Washington State Department of Agriculture has started to develop rules to fine unlicensed hemp growers and processors, an exercise made necessary by state legislators getting ahead of federal law. WSDA also may draw up penalties for violating the conditions of state-issued hemp licenses...
  11. Ron Strider

    ND: Participants Sought For 2018 Industrial Hemp Pilot Program

    Participants are being sought for North Dakota Department of Agriculture's 2018 industrial hemp pilot program. "Industrial hemp may only be grown in North Dakota through the North Dakota Department of Agriculture's pilot program or by institutions of higher education," North Dakota...
  12. Ron Strider

    OH: Which Local Cities, Villages Could Grow Medical Marijuana

    Five political subdivisions within the Register's coverage area are among the approximate 100 possible statewide locations where medical marijuana could legally be grown from by next year. The Ohio Department of Commerce recently released the businesses interested in overseeing a cultivation...
  13. Ron Strider

    MT: Medical Marijuana Tax Rakes In $300K In First Quarter

    Montana medical marijuana providers paid about $300,000 in taxes for the first quarter, which ended in September. The tax was the first of its kind on the Montana medical marijuana industry, which is seeing a resurgence in enrollment after the passage of more comprehensive regulatory laws...
  14. Ron Strider

    MI: Lawmakers Attempt To Override State Department On Marijuana Dispensaries

    Lawmakers in Lansing say they want a seamless transition as marijuana dispensaries start to get licensed. Democrats in the House and Senate introduced legislation Wednesday. A few Republicans have voiced support of the bills. The legislation would let dispensaries keep their doors open while...
  15. Ron Strider

    PA: What Patients Must Do To Access Medical Marijuana

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued a draft version of temporary regulations Monday for state residents who are considering taking part in the state's medical marijuana program. Seventeen conditions will qualify patients, among them terminal illness, cancer, PTSD, glaucoma, autism...
  16. Ron Strider

    PA: Medical Marijuana Appeals Expose Flaws In Application Scoring

    The competition for 39 permits to grow, process and dispense medical marijuana in Pennsylvania was bound to leave many applicants speed-dialing their lawyers to complain about unfair evaluations. Sure enough, this month a Bethlehem-based applicant sued the state Department of Health to shut...
  17. Ron Strider

    Why Medical Marijuana Research Is Gaining Support From The GOP

    Some Utah residents are working overtime to get medical marijuana on the state's ballot next year. They seem to have just gotten a surprising new Republican ally in their effort — Senator Orrin Hatch. The state's senior senator — an octogenarian who is third in line for the presidency —...
  18. Ron Strider

    NY: Lawsuit Targets Medical Marijuana Expansion

    Three companies that got state approval last month to produce medical marijuana in Orange and Ulster counties face a legal hurdle as they develop their plans: a lawsuit by five existing medical-marijuana businesses that aims to stop the expansion of their fledgling industry. The newly...
  19. Ron Strider

    Nevada Supreme Court To Settle Marijuana Distribution Fight

    The legal saga of who can transport recreational marijuana to the state's pot shops continues, with the Nevada Supreme Court issuing a temporary injunction prohibiting the state Department of Taxation from licensing marijuana businesses as distributors. The Supreme Court, in an order dated...
  20. Ron Strider

    This Is How And When You Can Get Medical Marijuana In Pennsylvania

    About one of every seven people in Franklin County has a condition that could qualify them for medical marijuana. Medical marijuana can be used in Pennsylvania to treat any one of 17 serious medical conditions, including two relatively common disorders — severe chronic pain and post-traumatic...