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  1. Ron Strider

    88 California Shops Have Licenses To Sell Retail Marijuana

    Anticipation is high – if Southern Californians can find a place to buy pot when it becomes legal for recreational use on January 1. As of Sunday afternoon, officials had issued 88 licenses statewide for adult use marijuana retailers, according to Alex Traverso, a spokesman for the state's...
  2. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Sellers Plan Big Parties As California Pot Legalization Begins

    Live music. Free T-shirts. A "Fweedom" celebration with mystery prize boxes worth up to $500, and a shot at a behind-the-scenes tour. Marijuana legalization arrives Monday in California with lots of hoopla, but only a handful of cities will initially have retail outlets ready to sell...
  3. Ron Strider

    FL: Judge Halts Black Farmer Marijuana License

    A Tallahassee judge Thursday ordered health officials to stop the process of granting a marijuana license to a black farmer, one of 10 coveted new pot licenses approved by the Legislature this year. The state Office of Medical Marijuana Use was supposed to grant all of the licenses by Oct. 3...
  4. Ron Strider

    MI: Nearly 50 Marijuana Dispensaries May Be Forced To Close

    Nearly 50 marijuana dispensaries may be forced by the city to close within a few weeks, fined up to $1,000 a day if they don't close or have their owners taken to court. City Attorney Jim Smiertka said Tuesday his office has identified 48 locations that may be dispensaries in violation of the...
  5. 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...
  6. Ron Strider

    CA: San Diego Gains Early Lead In Cannabis Retail Licenses

    One week after state regulators began issuing temporary licenses to sell recreational cannabis, San Diego has received more of those licenses than any other city in California. Seven marijuana dispensaries in San Diego have been granted temporary licenses to sell both medicinal and "adult use"...
  7. Ron Strider

    OH: Medical Marijuana Growers Apply To Make Brownies, Lotions, Cannabis Products

    At least 22 of the 24 companies chosen to grow Ohio's first medical marijuana plants are also vying for one of 40 licenses to make marijuana brownies, lotions, patches and other products. Of those, at least 12 also applied for licenses to sell marijuana at dispensaries -- the state plans to...
  8. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Yoga And Craft Cooperatives: A Look At Massachusetts' New Marijuana Rules

    The Cannabis Control Commission, the body tasked with overseeing Massachusetts' new legal marijuana industry, voted unanimously Thursday to approve draft regulations. These are the rules that will govern everything from licensing to retail sales of marijuana. The new rules will allow for...
  9. Ron Strider

    OH: More Than 100 Apply For State Medical Marijuana Processing Licenses

    More than 100 applications for medical marijuana processing licenses were turned in to the Ohio Department of Commerce by the Dec. 15 deadline. The department will authorize up to 40 licenses, and some will likely be in northwest Ohio. While the list of 104 applicants released by the state...
  10. Ron Strider

    California Contractor Begins Licensing Cannabis Sellers

    The Bureau of Cannabis Control issued the first round of temporary licenses for commercial cannabis businesses on Thursday, almost 18 days ahead of the Jan. 1 project deadline. The 20 temporary licenses were issued through the department's Cannabis Licensing, Enforcement and Reporting (CLEaR)...
  11. Ron Strider

    CA: 200 Businesses Seek Licenses To Legally Sell Recreational Marijuana

    Recreational marijuana use will become legal in California in about two weeks, and there's already a flurry of activity to get stores licensed in time. So far, 200 businesses have applied for licenses to legally sell recreational week starting on New Year’s Day – and nearly half of those...
  12. Ron Strider

    Medical Marijuana Company Sues Ohio Over Cultivator License 'Racial Quota'

    A company bumped out of consideration for one of Ohio's 12 large medical marijuana cultivator licenses in favor of lower-scoring minority-owned companies filed suit against the state Wednesday. PharmaCann Ohio, LLC wants the court to order the Ohio Department of Commerce to award licenses to...
  13. Ron Strider

    California Begins Accepting Permit Applications For Sale Of Recreational Marijuana

    Just weeks before California begins issuing licenses to businesses to sell marijuana for recreational and medical use, the state on Friday began accepting applications electronically through a new online system. The state Bureau of Cannabis Control is accepting applications for commercial...
  14. 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...
  15. Ron Strider

    Next Step Taken In Ohio Medical Marijuana: 5 Things You Should Know

    Ohioans are a little closer to having access to medical marijuana. The state on Thursday released the list of 12 companies that were granted large-scale cultivation licenses, out of a pool of 109 that applied. The awards come nearly a month after the state announced licenses for 11...
  16. Ron Strider

    OH: Canton Snags Large Medical Marijuana Operation

    One of a dozen companies licensed for large-scale cannabis cultivation has plans for Canton. The Ohio Department of Commerce on Thursday announced the provisional licenses for operations up to 25,000 square feet and a final license for small-scale operations of up to 3,000 square feet...
  17. Ron Strider

    OH: Springfield, Yellow Springs To Get Large Marijuana Growing Operations

    Ohio's nascent medical marijuana industry took a giant step today when the state of Ohio awarded a dozen large-scale grower licenses, including one in Springfield and one in Yellow Springs. The 12 winners were selected from a pool of 109 applicants. The awards come nearly a month after the...
  18. Ron Strider

    Large Ohio Medical Marijuana Grow Licenses Awarded

    After months of waiting and speculation, state regulators have decided who will grow medical marijuana in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Commerce on Thursday announced 12 winners of "level I" cultivation licenses for up to 25,000 square feet of growing space. The businesses awarded the...
  19. Ron Strider

    MI: Bay County's Medical Marijuana Boom: Is There Enough Demand

    It's very likely the Bay City Commission approves an ordinance next month that regulates medical marijuana and allows them to start welcoming the industry to town. That much is apparent based on the conversations in City Hall on Monday, Nov. 20, when the commission heard a presentation on the...
  20. Ron Strider

    FL: Medical Marijuana License Delays Challenged In Lawsuit

    Another potential marijuana grower hoping to cash in on Florida's "green rush" is suing the state, this time accusing health officials of unconstitutionally dragging their feet by failing to grant new pot licenses. The plaintiffs in the latest challenge include Bill's Nursery, Inc., a...