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  1. Ron Strider

    CA: Vallejo City Council Places Cannabis Measure On November Ballot

    An impassive Vallejo City Council voted recently to place a cannabis measure on the November 2018 ballot. Vallejo voters will now decide the fate of an initiative petition brought forth by a collection of the city's medical marijuana dispensaries. After receiving a 10-minute report from...
  2. Ron Strider

    UT: Poll Indicates Broad Support For Medical Marijuana Ballot Proposal

    Will medical marijuana become legal in Utah next year? Early polling suggests wide support for a proposed medical cannabis ballot initiative. A poll by the Salt Lake Tribune and Hinckley Institute of Politics found that 75 percent of Utah voters either strongly or somewhat support the...
  3. Ron Strider

    Alaska Voters Reject Local Bans On Legalized Marijuana

    Voters in some parts of Alaska rejected efforts to ban commercial marijuana cultivation and retail sales, three years after the nation's largest state passed a voter initiative legalizing the recreational use of the drug. The votes this week came during local elections in the state's major...
  4. Ron Strider

    You Can Buy Legal Marijuana In Four Months. But Is California Ready To Sell It

    With four months left until full legalization, the apparatus to regulate commercial cannabis sales in California is being built on the fly. Up to 82 people must be hired. Software must be written to accept applications of thousands of entrepreneurs hoping to legally sell marijuana...
  5. Ron Strider

    CA: Cannabis Advocates Seek Special Elections

    A San Diego-based group is trying to place initiatives on the ballot in cities across the county that would legalize marijuana by the time a new statewide proposition takes effect next year. The Association of Cannabis Professionals last week filed notices of intent to circulate petitions...
  6. Ron Strider

    Backers Of Utah Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative Tout Poll Showing Strong Support

    A Utah political issues committee claims voters in the state overwhelmingly support medical marijuana ballot initiative, citing a recent poll, though critics say the study is one-sided and doesn't explain the complexities of the issue. A survey by the California-based opinion research firm...
  7. Ron Strider

    Medical Marijuana Update

    Medical Marijuana Update An initiative campaign is getting underway in Utah, Florida's governor signs medical marijuana implementation into law, and more. Arkansas Monday, the state announced it will begin accepting medical marijuana applications this week. The state Medical Marijuana...
  8. Ron Strider

    LDS Church Weighs In On Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative In Utah

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could have a significant impact on the upcoming ballot initiative for medical marijuana in Utah. The LDS Church, which weighs in on moral and social issues, has spoken out against recreational cannabis ballot initiatives in the past. Asked by...
  9. Ron Strider

    Medical Marijuana Advocates File To Get It On The Utah Ballot In 2018

    Advocates for medical marijuana have filed the necessary paperwork to get the issue before voters in 2018. In an emotional news conference on Monday, patients and advocates tearfully described how medical cannabis could provide help and support. They expressed frustration that the Utah State...
  10. Ron Strider

    UT: Yes To Medical Marijuana, No To Smoking It

    After years of failed legislative attempts to legalize medical marijuana in Utah, supporters submitted an initiative Monday to place the issue before voters in 2018. The Utah Patients Coalition held a Monday morning news conference at the state Capitol and afterward delivered its proposed...
  11. Ron Strider

    UT: Medical Marijuana Advocates Within Weeks Of Filing Ballot Initiative

    A few weeks ago, Clark Caras stood up in front of thousands of Utah GOP state delegates and asked them to pass a resolution in support of medical marijuana. Caras recently lost a family member he was close to, who died of cancer, and believes access to the plant would have greatly improved...
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    Utah Group Starts Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative Push

    Medical marijuana advocates in Utah are planning to try to get an initiative on the November 2018 ballot that would allow the drug to be used for treatment. Advocates say they're done waiting for state lawmakers, who have rejected passing a broad medical pot law during the last three...
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    ND: Medical Marijuana Backers Say Rules On Use Are Overreach

    Bismarck, N.D. – Backers of a successful North Dakota citizen initiative to allow marijuana to be used as medicine are contesting new rules written by the Legislature to oversee its use. The so-called North Dakota Compassionate Care Act won 65 percent voter approval in November. It allows the...
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    CA: Lawsuit Seeks To Block County Ballot Initiative To Ban Cannabis Cultivation

    A medical cannabis dispensary in Calaveras County is suing the County Board of Supervisors to try to block a ballot initiative giving voters a chance to ban commercial cannabis cultivation. The lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of Calaveras Naturals asks a judge to take Measure B off the...
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    Measure M Is The Most Important L.A. Ballot Initiative You Haven't Heard Of

    There's a very important measure pertaining to marijuana legalization on the March 7 city ballot, but you might not be familiar with it. The election season instead has been dominated by Measure S, which if approved would curb most major development in Los Angeles for two years. That initiative...
  16. K

    Marijuana And The President's Men - And Women

    Three of Trump's cabinet picks are god-awful as far as ending the war on marijuana is concerned, but two other potential presidential appointments are – like Mark Twain's description of Wagner's music – better than they sound. The god-awfuls include Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney...
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    AZ: Montini - Why Lawmakers Should Ignore Voters And Legalize Pot

    The initiative to legalize small amounts of marijuana (Proposition 205) failed in November, which would seem to indicate that a majority of Arizona voters do not want to legalize pot. Politicians - like most legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey, who opposed the initiative - are supposed to accept...
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    MT: Helena Dispensary Reopens - Providers Struggle To Adapt To Life After I-182

    Although a Dec. 7 ruling allowed medical marijuana dispensaries to immediately open, providers are struggling to get patients reauthorized and to stock their shelves with product. Voters passed ballot initiative I-182 to lift the three-patient limit that required dispensaries to close their...
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    Medical Marijuana Update

    State lawmakers in Arkansas and Montana are grappling with the results of popular votes allowing medical marijuana, and an Arizona dispensary operator eyes a Y 2018 initiative. ArizonaOn Monday, a dispensary operator announced plans for a 2018 medical marijuana expansion initiative. The...
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    CO: Denver's Marijuana Social Use Initiative May Face Legal Challenges

    There are many questions surrounding Initiative 300, the social-use measure that Denver voters passed on November 8 (although the final count took a week). The city has been getting calls from people asking everything from how businesses can apply to how a new state rule will affect I-300. As we...