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  1. Ron Strider

    IL: The State Of Medical Pot - Slow Growth, Low Patient Count, Political Uncertainty

    Revolution Enterprises' two Illinois medical marijuana cultivation facilities – each about the size of five Millennium Park ice skating rinks – are allowed under their state license to get much, much bigger. But with retail sales of medical marijuana in the state only topping about $9.3...
  2. Ron Strider

    Maryland's Medical Marijuana Moves Forward In 2017 Despite Frequent Controversy

    Four years after then-Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) signed legislation that legalized medical marijuana and established a commission to oversee its implementation, Maryland residents finally have legal, albeit limited, access to the drug. Currently, there are 22 fully licensed dispensaries and at...
  3. Ron Strider

    The Medical Marijuana Industry Has A Staff Problem In Hawaii: Not Enough

    Hawaii's cannabis industry is facing more setbacks as the state struggles with an understaffed program. Seven of 11 positions are vacant at the Department of Health, which oversees the medical cannabis patient registry and dispensary licensing programs. The registry is down three of six...
  4. 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...
  5. Ron Strider

    WA: Hemp On Hiatus As WSDA Asks For Money

    Washington's hemp program, not yet a year old, has stopped issuing licenses because of a budget deficit. Restarting the program for a second growing season may depend on whether state lawmakers are willing to invest $287,000 into nurturing a hemp industry that faces high regulatory costs...
  6. Ron Strider

    NM: Medical Marijuana Enrollment Sees Record 77 Percent Increase

    Patient enrollment in New Mexico's medical cannabis program reached 45,347 as of Nov. 30, a 77 percent increase and a 19,650 net patient gain over the same period last year. On an annual basis, this is the highest percentage gain and the greatest net patient increase since the inception of the...
  7. Ron Strider

    Ohio Medical Marijuana Program Moves Forward Despite Calls To freeze Growing Licenses

    The Ohio Department of Commerce didn't know it hired a consultant with a felony marijuana conviction to help score medical marijuana grow license applications but says the past offense didn't undermine the agency's process for awarding the highly sought-after licenses. The department plans...
  8. Ron Strider

    CT: First Misuse Of Medical Marijuana Heading to Court

    In the first case of its kind since the state's medical-marijuana program was approved by lawmakers five years ago, a North Branford man who owns the cannabis growing facility in Eastern Connecticut is facing charges of illegally diverting and distributing it in the company parking lot...
  9. Ron Strider

    What Happens To People Caught With Marijuana In Dallas After December First

    Beginning Dec. 1, getting caught with marijuana in Dallas may not mean a trip to jail. That's when the county's new "cite and release" program will allow officers to issue a court summons to someone who has less than 4 ounces of marijuana. So far, Dallas is the only city that will...
  10. Ron Strider

    Guam: Medical Marijuana Rules And Regulations One More Step To Approval

    Sen. Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., D-Dededo, hopes to have rules and regulations for medical marijuana approved by December after introducing a bill to approve them. Rodriguez announced Bill 210-34 Monday afternoon after receiving the updated rules and regulations from the Department of Public...
  11. Ron Strider

    OR: 3,000 Pounds Of Marijuana Seized At Portland Warehouse

    Portland police acting on a tip discovered 16 people working in a marijuana-processing warehouse that investigators believe to be illegal. Sgt. Chris Burley said Tuesday that documents provided to investigators showed the marijuana was being grown for several patients under the Oregon Medical...
  12. Ron Strider

    More Than 1,000 Register For Medical Marijuana On Pennsylvania's First Day

    The Pennsylvania Health Department reported on Thursday that more than 1,000 people registered on the first day of applications for the state's new Medical Marijuana Program. The estimate includes patients and caregivers, according to Nate Wardle, a spokesman for the health department...
  13. Ron Strider

    Application Deadline Set For North Dakota Hemp Program

    North Dakota's Agriculture Department is seeking participants for the third year of the state's industrial hemp research program. The goal of the program is to determine whether hemp can be a successful crop in North Dakota, and which varieties work best in the state's climate. Producers...
  14. Ron Strider

    Medical Marijuana Patients In New Jersey Wait In Pain For Relief

    Hey, what’s another 180 days? Man up. Even you, ladies. Grit your teeth. Dig down deep. Show ’em what Jersey Tough is all about. That’s effectively what was said Wednesday by those involved in caring for the welfare of New Jersey residents who suffer from chronic medical conditions not...
  15. Ron Strider

    KY: Hemp Program Now Taking Applications For 2018

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles recently announced that the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has opened the application period for Kentuckians wishing to participate in the state's industrial hemp research pilot program for the 2018 growing season. "I am proud to report...
  16. Ron Strider

    MI: Finally, A Degree In Marijuana: But It's Not For Stoners Or Slackers

    When Alex Roth's mother sent him an article announcing a new degree program being offered at Northern Michigan University, the sophomore immediately switched his major. Roth is now majoring in cannabis. The program, Medicinal Plant Chemistry, is the first program to offer a 4-year...
  17. Ron Strider

    Kentucky Hemp Program Taking Applications For 2018

    Kentucky Department of Agriculture has opened applications for Kentuckians looking to grow hemp as part of the state's industrial hemp research pilot program in 2018. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says he wants to expand and strengthen the program to put industrial hemp on a...
  18. Ron Strider

    Pennsylvania's First Legal Marijuana Crop Gets The Green Light

    A medical marijuana grower/processor in western Pennsylvania became the first state licensee Tuesday to receive the go-ahead to begin production. Cresco Yeltrah in Jefferson County, northeast of Pittsburgh, is one of 12 grower/processors licensed for Pennsylvania's medical marijuana program...
  19. Ron Strider

    Amid Program Uncertainty, Evanston Medical Marijuana Dispensary Granted Shorter Lease

    The licensed medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Evanston asked to renew its rental agreement with the city for one year instead of three to accommodate uncertainty in the state's medical cannabis program PharmaCann opened a location in 2015 on the ground floor of the city-owned Maple...
  20. Ron Strider

    Northern Michigan University Offers Marijuana Degree: "Not Easy At All"

    A university in Michigan is offering an unusual degree – in marijuana. Northern Michigan University in Marquette began its medical plant chemistry program this semester, with about a dozen students in the first class, the Detroit Free Press reported . The program combines chemistry, biology...