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  1. 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...
  2. Ron Strider

    Hmong Marijuana Growers In California Fight Attempts To Shut Them Down

    The narcotics officer stood on a windswept ridge near the Oregon border and surveyed the fields cut into the hills below, a landscape resembling a lost piece of wine country. The terraces of Siskiyou County, however, were planted in cannabis. More than 1,500 Hmong farmers in the past two...
  3. Ron Strider

    MN: Hastings Farmers - Grants, Regulation Shifts Crucial To Success

    A Hastings farmer known for trailblazing Minnesota's industrial hemp industry is urging lawmakers to lift some limitations on how his crop can be used and marketed. Towers of spindly, green leaves swayed gently in the breeze as researchers, hemp industry stakeholders and members of the...
  4. Ron Strider

    California's 'Green Rush' Takes Hmong Back to Their Opium-Growing Roots

    The red and purple opium poppies that his family grew on a mountainside half a world away were filled with an intoxicating, sticky sap that his mother traded for silver coins to feed her children and pay for their escape. Adam Lee smiles at the memory of a childhood in war-torn Laos and voyage...