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  1. Ron Strider

    California's Cannabis Industry Moves Out Of The Shadows And Into The Flames

    The Northern California fires that collectively burned hundreds of thousands of acres, destroyed nearly 6,000 homes, and killed 43 people across eight counties in October are leaving a legacy from which it will take the state will take years to recover, with insurance claims at $9 billion and...
  2. Ron Strider

    Australia: Door Opens For Medicinal Cannabis Exports

    The Turnbull government will open the way today for Australian producers to export medicinal cannabis products, a major boost for the industry. Health Minister Greg Hunt will make the announcement legalizing exports, describing it as "an important step for the development of the medicinal...
  3. Ron Strider

    California's New Legal Marijuana Market Marks Beginning Of The End For Prohibition

    If a single date marks the beginning of the end for the legal prohibition of marijuana, there’s a very good case for January 1, 2018. On this day, California began allowing the legal sales of marijuana for recreational use. According to state estimates, more than 400 businesses were licensed...
  4. Ron Strider

    Florida's Medical Marijuana Industry Is Losing Its Bank, But Others Are Stepping In

    Florida's First Green Bank started serving the state's medical marijuana industry with much fanfare this year, boasting that it was the only financial institution in the state willing to work with marijuana businesses. "I suspect we'll have the entire industry by [the fall]," the bank's founder...
  5. 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...
  6. Ron Strider

    Will Legal Cannabis Thrive Or Get Shutdown? 2018 Will Tell

    California's Berkeley Patients Group will be selling recreational cannabis starting at 6 A.M. on January 1st. They'll be kicking off what is sure to be a pivotal year in Cannabis — one way or the other. The industry has been expanding rapidly in sales and geography. North America spending on...
  7. Ron Strider

    As 2017 Ends, Mass. Works Toward Marijuana Retail Sales On July 1, 2018

    In just a little over six months, the first retail sales of recreational, or "adult use," marijuana will take place. Regulations governing the new legal cannabis industry are on track to be finalized by March, with businesses sending their license applications to the Cannabis Control Commission...
  8. Ron Strider

    MA: Biomanufacturing, Recreational Cannabis & Beer Will Highlight Big Year

    Although biomanufacturing has been a bit slow to take hold in the region, there's only optimism for the budding industry. Longtime manufacturers are still going strong and reporting strong revenues, and new and exciting players are champing at the bit to be part of the area's strong...
  9. Ron Strider

    4 Cannabis Statistics That Will Open Your Eyes

    Regardless of your current feelings on cannabis, nothing changes the fact that this industry is growing by leaps and bounds. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you will start looking into ways to get involved. While some never go beyond using cannabis, more entrepreneurial-minded people...
  10. Ron Strider

    AK: Marijuana Board Orders Fairbanks Manufacturer To Close

    Frozen Budz was accused of selling moldy, over-strong muffins and other marijuana edibles The Alaska Marijuana Control Board has given the death penalty to one of Alaska's largest manufacturers of edible marijuana products. On Friday morning, the board voted to revoke the manufacturing...
  11. Ron Strider

    Nevada's 273 Marijuana Businesses Employ 6,700 Workers

    Some surprising new numbers are out about the Silver State's marijuana industry. The Nevada Dispensary Association surveyed it's members and now we're getting a better picture of how big the industry is beyond just looking at sales and tax revenues. State lawmakers from across the U.S. are in...
  12. Ron Strider

    Twelve New Medical Marijuana Stores Cleared To Open In Maryland

    Maryland's marijuana regulators on Thursday approved 12 new dispensaries to operate in the state's fledgling legal medical marijuana industry, bringing the total number of fully approved legal storefronts to 22. At least 60 more dispensaries that received preliminary licenses are still...
  13. Ron Strider

    Booming Cannabis Industry Has Serious Cash Problem - Cryptocurrency Isn't Solution

    The rapidly-growing cannabis industry has a cash problem, but dispensary owners around the country say cryptocurrency isn't a miracle solution. Most banks won't take cannabis cash, so dispensaries in states where the sale of cannabis is legal have been forced to explore alternative payment...
  14. Ron Strider

    MA: Cannabis Commission Exploring Ways To Help Communities Hurt By Pot Ban

    As it works to build a new industry from the ground up, state marijuana regulators on Tuesday wrestled with how Massachusetts' newly legal marijuana industry could be more accessible to racially and economically diverse communities and how the industry could benefit groups that were...
  15. Ron Strider

    CA: L.A. Lawmakers Back New Regulations On Marijuana Industry

    Los Angeles lawmakers backed a host of new regulations for the marijuana industry last week, paving the way for the hotly anticipated business of recreational pot. The unanimous vote Wednesday was a landmark step for the biggest city in California as the state prepares to start issuing...
  16. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Is The Next Big Investment, But Here's Why Most Investors Will Have To Wait

    California is one the latest states to legalize recreational marijuana. With Proposition 64 going into full effect on Jan. 1, 2018, we could be one step closer to new federal regulations, which would make investment opportunities in the marijuana industry more accessible to everyone...
  17. Ron Strider

    High Tech, High Finance And High Times For U.S. Pot Industry

    Two years ago, Alan Gertner was head of Google's Asia-Pacific sales team in Singapore, handling more than $100 million in business. Now, he begins his day in a small Toronto office, building a cannabis brand that sells fancy smoking accessories such as vaporizers and bongs that cost up to...
  18. Ron Strider

    Guam: Is The Bill And The Marijuana Growers Ready Or Not

    I DON'T think it is a matter of IF we will legalize marijuana anymore given the Senate's seriousness on the issue and the fact that many in the House of Representatives and the general public are also anxiously waiting on the Senate to finalize the Bill. There are just three major hurdles for...
  19. Ron Strider

    The Cannabis Industry's Largest Conference Showcases A Maturing Industry

    The maturation of the cannabis industry is easily illustrated by the growth of its most popular conference. Just over 400 people attended the initial iteration of the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo (MJBizCon) when it debuted in Denver back in 2012 Back then, merely 16 states had legal...
  20. Ron Strider

    Canada: Durham College Offers Class On Cannabis Business As Legalization Looms

    An Ontario college is offering a new class in response to the growing demand for skilled professionals to support Canada's expanding medical marijuana industry as legalization looms. And it's not exactly reading, writing and arithmetic. The two-day class, offered this weekend by Durham College...