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  1. Ron Strider

    California's Marijuana Legalization Aims To Repair Damage From The War On Drugs

    California is now the largest state in the nation to have legal and regulated recreational marijuana. And while that alone is a blow to the prohibitionist policies of the failed war on drugs, a lesser-known provision in the state’s new law, along with efforts in a few local jurisdictions, aims...
  2. Ron Strider

    CA: Valley Pot Dispensaries Go Legal - We're As Legitimate As A Jewelry Store

    Adan Perez was in the Coachella Valley for New Year's Eve when he realized he could join California residents in doing what he can't do back home in Arizona: Legally purchase marijuana. "I think it's amazing," Perez, 29, said Monday as he left Desert Organic Solutions Collective in North Palm...
  3. Ron Strider

    CA: Crowds Swamp San Diego's Pot Shops On First Day Of Recreational Marijuana Sales

    And you thought Starbucks got crowded. Before dawn Monday, lines began to form outside of many of San Diego's licensed marijuana stores and they soon snaked part way around buildings on the first day of recreational cannabis sales in California. Hundreds of customers – everyone from older...
  4. Ron Strider

    Should US Marijuana Laws Address Past Drug Convictions

    Christopher Dean Smith was arrested on a marijuana farm in northern California in 2014. Smith, now 28, said he was with a friend on the property in the town of Chico, about 145km north of Sacramento, when two vehicles pulled up. Federal law enforcement agents approached the pair and told them...
  5. Ron Strider

    Canada: Town Swaps Chocolate For Marijuana And Sees Revival Of Fortunes

    Smiths Falls, Ontario – population 8,885 – is seeing a revival of fortunes since medical marijuana producer Tweed Inc. set up shop four years ago in an abandoned Hershey Co. chocolate factory. The company, since renamed Canopy Growth Corp., has become the world's largest publicly traded cannabis...
  6. Ron Strider

    Norway's Parliament Votes To Decriminalize All Drug Use

    Norway's Parliament is set to decriminalize illicit drugs and divert people found with small quantities into treatment options rather than pursuing criminal prosecution. Drug use, from marijuana to cocaine and heroin, would be decriminalized under the plan, similar to the system in Portugal...
  7. Ron Strider

    OK: CBD Products Stocking Shelves In Ardmore

    Earlier this year Oklahoma amended the way they define marijuana and because of that, a new source of medication is stocking shelves in Ardmore. "You are going to hold that down under your tongue for about 23 seconds and then just let it absorb into your mouth and swallow." Since CBD...
  8. D

    Normalizing cannabis in white elephant

    My company had a white elephant gift exchange and they said alcohol was an acceptable gift. I live in California, so I decided to shake things up by gifting a nice bud from my last grow. It came out to 3grams and looked really sweet in the mason jar. Being a responsible person, I printed a...
  9. Ron Strider

    TX: County Approves New Diversion Class For Marijuana Offenders

    The Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a proposal Tuesday to offer a course for people caught with two ounces or fewer of marijuana. The commissioners said the goal of this program is to divert individuals that are considered low-risk and keep them out of jails at the...
  10. Ron Strider

    Police To Use Melting Snow Rooftops To Snare Northern Ireland Cannabis Growers

    Police are attempting to use Northern Ireland's Christmas snowfall to snare cannabis growing drug dealers. The PSNI have asked residents to report sightings of rooftops where snow has not settled even though neighbouring buildings have had a heavy coating. They believe it could be a...
  11. Ron Strider

    MA: Inside Cultivate, A 'Farm To Table' Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Leicester

    Cultivate Holdings in Leicester looks like it could be a hip new coffee shop, with its wood details and open-concept, airy layout. But Cultivate isn't a café, even though its staff says their product is "farm to table." Cultivate is Worcester County's first medical marijuana dispensary...
  12. Ron Strider

    Is The Cannabis Industry Repeating Silicon Valley's Worst Mistakes

    One oft-cited statistic about the cannabis space claims that women hold 36% of leadership positions in the industry, higher than the 22% average across all U.S. businesses. That figure was first published in 2015, but it's hard to know where it stands at the dawn of 2018; sales of legal...
  13. Ron Strider

    CA: Recreational Cannabis Is About To Go On Sale. But It Could Be Hard To Find

    These are anxious days in the mellow world of marijuana. California is dealing with chaos and comic opera as it prepares to become the latest and largest state to sell recreational cannabis, a cash crop potentially worth billions. Regulators have only recently chosen which companies will...
  14. Ron Strider

    CO: Some Police Chiefs & Sheriffs Shift Attitudes Toward Past Marijuana Use

    The man in charge of hiring and firing Denver's police officers likes to remind people that the firefighters and police officers who rushed into the World Trade Center on 9/11 were not drunk or stoned. Therefore, recent marijuana use by potential and current first responders in Denver will...
  15. Ron Strider

    Convicted Of A Marijuana Crime In California? It Might Go Away, Thanks To Legal Pot

    Yirtuamlak Hailu Derege came to California a decade ago with dreams of making it big in the entertainment business. But shortly after arriving, he was arrested and convicted of selling marijuana, a felony that has made it difficult for him to find any job at all. But now, with California on...
  16. Ron Strider

    MA: Marijuana Advocates Build 100-Foot-Long Joint In Worcester

    Marijuana enthusiasts busted out their smartphones to snap a picture of a massive, 100-foot-long joint on Saturday. The joint was unveiled at the Harvest Cup, an exhibition of pro-marijuana vendors and supporters at the DCU Center in Worcester. "First thought is, when do we get to smoke it...
  17. Ron Strider

    Medical Marijuana Business Off To Slow Start In Michigan

    On a frigid, snowy December morning nearly 10 years after medical marijuana became legal in Michigan, the fully regulated business officially started. The day started with a whimper, rather than the bang state regulators had prepared for. Two hours after the doors opened at the Department of...
  18. Ron Strider

    At Country's Biggest Cannabis County Fair, Legalization Is Met With Relief And Fear

    For the last 14 years, the Emerald Cup has been a raucous two-day celebration of a longstanding California outlaw culture. Over time, it has evolved from a festival in a muddy Mendocino field to a highly choreographed event, but its spirit remains intact. Each December after the harvest...
  19. Ron Strider

    PA: Former NFL Stars Tout Benefits Of Hemp, Medical Cannabis

    Hazleton native Nate Eachus, a former NFL player and state wrestling champion, has seen the benefits of hemp, a derivative of the cannabis plant. His grandmother began taking the product after she was diagnosed with cancer and it helped her, he said. "Doctors gave her a few months to live...
  20. Ron Strider

    CA: Cannabis Event Smokes Opioid Addiction

    The Community Alliance nonprofit will host its first ever "Cannabis 4 the Cause" event this Friday, Dec. 9. The event will take place in two parts: one open discussion that is free admission from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and a fine art fundraiser gala from 6-9 p.m. This event specifically targets...