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  1. Ron Strider

    Introducing The Guardian's New Cannabis Column For Grownups

    Today, California becomes the world's largest legal marijuana market. It's not the first American state to go fully legal, but with its outsized cultural influence and economy larger than France, it's about to do for cannabis what Hollywood did for celluloid and Silicon Valley did for the...
  2. Ron Strider

    In 2018, Utah Voters Could Go Where Lawmakers Wouldn't With Medical Marijuana

    Will 2018 be the year of citizen lawmaking? Utah voters could see as many as five statewide initiatives to change state laws on their ballots in the next general election. In a state where most elections have no initiatives, next year is shaping up as unique. All are about to begin the...
  3. Ron Strider

    HI: Medical Marijuana Users 'Have 30 Days' To Turn In Their Guns, Police Say

    The Honolulu Police Department is ordering legal cannabis patients to "voluntarily surrender" any guns they own because pot is still considered an illegal drug under federal law. The initiative continues three months after Hawaii's first medical marijuana dispensary opened for business...
  4. Ron Strider

    Medical Marijuana Finds a Surprising New Promised Land

    With medical marijuana now approved in more than half of the United States, the movement seems destined to keep picking up momentum. It's a dream for anyone – producer, distributor, investor – who stands to make a buck in the industry, thanks to the sheer size of the potential market, estimated...
  5. Ron Strider

    Years After It Was Made Legal, Medical Marijuana Sales Start In Maryland

    One of the first medical marijuana dispensaries in Maryland will start selling the drug to patients in Rockville today, and Bill Askinazi says he's ready. "It's amazing. It's really the start of the culmination of a four-year journey for us," Askinazi said. Askinazi owns Potomac Holistics...
  6. Ron Strider

    CA: Marijuana Rules Are Heavy Handed, But Signal End Of Prohibition

    It's an old cliché, but one doesn't find beer distributors gunning each other down in the town square in battles over market turf. Whisky distillers don't dump pollutants in streams and rivers — and bars and restaurants that serve cocktails tend to be safe places that follow modern building...
  7. Ron Strider

    Canada: 'Cannabis Christmas' - Island Business Selling Pot Advent Calendars

    Marijuana growers in B.C. are blazing a new path when it comes to Christmas gifts this year, by putting a twist on the traditional advent calendar. Daniel Mongeau and three others operate out of Metchosin and have a permit to grow medicinal marijuana. This year they've decided to sell a...
  8. Ron Strider

    Hey Indiana, Your Neighbors Have Weed. Get Some, Too

    Marijuana's gonna be legal in Illinois. It's just a matter of when. That's according to state Sen. Heather Steans, who's been pushing a recreational weed bill at least since earlier this year. She hoped to get it passed by 2018, but said on Thursday that her timetable has shifted. "I don't...
  9. Ron Strider

    7 Absolutely Necessary Tips For New Cannabis Entrepreneurs

    It is your time. The cannabis industry is booming, the green rush is thriving forward and you want your piece of this marijuana-laced pie–-and that you should. Here's the thing, though–-as exciting as it is to have the space and opportunity to embark on a canna-journey there are also some...
  10. Ron Strider

    Australia: Hemp Is The Newest Superfood And It's Coming To A Café Near You

    Cereal sprinkled with hemp seeds, hemp ice cream, hemp as a pizza topping and even hemp beer – this will all be possible from Sunday, as legal changes come into effect in Australia and New Zealand. Back in April, food regulation ministers agreed to a proposal from Food Standards Australia...
  11. Ron Strider

    'Trimmigrants' Swell NorCal Town's Population During Marijuana Harvest Season

    During the fall, in the quaint corners of Nevada City, California, a unique seasonal business has been budding. It’s almost entirely illegal, and draws new faces to town from all over the globe. It’s harvest season for marijuana growers all across the state. They need extra hands to trim leaves...
  12. Ron Strider

    Is Cannabis Skincare Worth The Hype

    You'd be living under a rock if you hadn't noticed weed is having a moment (sartorially speaking, of course). Once the preserve of stoners, now it promises better sex, has infiltrated the catwalk and is even a part of Kendall Jenner's airport attire. It's safe to say that the cannabis plant...
  13. Ron Strider

    Looking To Get Into Microdosing? This Cannabis Inhaler Might Be Your Best Bet

    Praise for microdosing — the cannabis consumption method that involves ingesting the least amount of THC possible while still benefiting from the medicine — only seems to be growing louder by the minute. It only makes sense, then, that more and more products aimed at optimizing the practice...
  14. Ron Strider

    IL: 8 Questions About Edible Cannabis, Compassion With Mindy Segal

    Mindy Segal, a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, announced in December 2015 that she would be venturing into cannabis-infused edible products for medical marijuana patients. The acclaimed chef and owner of Mindy's HotChocolate recently spoke at Taste Talks about her line, Mindy's Artisanal...
  15. Ron Strider

    Why America Needs To Embrace Marijuana

    Just because something is legal doesn't mean it's good, and just because something is illegal doesn't mean it's bad. After all, divorce was illegal for most of our history. And people argue about guns in this context everyday. But the biggest cultural example of this is marijuana and cigarettes...
  16. Ron Strider

    10 Biggest Lies About Marijuana Use

    Whether it's your religious, right-wing aunt or the Attorney General of the United States, people love making unsubstantiated claims about marijuana. And unfortunately a large enough people in the population believe these myths to prevent cannabis legalization. But which lies are the most...
  17. Ron Strider

    CA: Supervisors Vote To Allow Commercial Cannabis

    The number of marijuana dispensaries operating in the unincorporated areas of Stanislaus County currently sits at 14, but that number will soon be cut in half following the Board of Supervisors' approval Tuesday of a conservative strategy to allow the retail sale and cultivation of cannabis...
  18. Ron Strider

    As Legalization Day Nears, Marijuana Remains Ubiquitous In Hollywood

    Hollywood and marijuana have been bedfellows at least since the shocking 1948 arrest of bad boy actor Robert Mitchum for possession spurred tabloid headlines. Then came 1969's "Easy Rider," in which Dennis Hopper's Billy turns the whiskey-drinking Jack Nicholson character onto a spliff and a...
  19. Ron Strider

    CT: Proponents Of Recreational Cannabis Say They Are Still Short Votes

    Advocates of legalizing recreational marijuana use still believe it's the right thing to do, which is why they held a press conference again Tuesday at the Legislative Office Building. As lawmakers look to pass a two-year state budget, cannabis supporters are still fighting for a chance to be...
  20. Ron Strider

    MA: Physician Explores The Physical And Metaphysical Benefits Of Cannabis

    "Cannabis and kabbalah are two hot topics; I thought it would draw a good crowd," Dr. Yosef Glassman, hospitalist at Martha's Vineyard Hospital, said to a room full of attendees at his presentation of "The Kabbalah of Cannabis" at the Vineyard Haven library Tuesday night. Only a few in the...