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  1. Ron Strider

    CA: Final EIR On Cannabis Regulations, Licensing Released For Review

    The final environmental impact report on the county’s proposed Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Licensing Program has been released for public review, and hearings on the document are scheduled to begin in January. Regulations currently being developed will control medical and recreational...
  2. Ron Strider

    Canada: B.C. Government Unveils How Cannabis Will Be Sold Once Legalized

    The B.C Government has unveiled details on how recreational marijuana will be distributed and sold once legalized. In a news release issued Tuesday morning, the province said it will allow both private and public sale of cannabis. The decision follows input from 48,951 British Columbians, and...
  3. Ron Strider

    Guam: Feedback On Medical Marijuana Rules Sought

    Residents are encouraged to read the rules and regulations of Guam's new medical cannabis industry before a public hearing on Dec. 5. Sen. Dennis Rodriguez Jr. is asking the community to look at the draft rules and regulations, then send him their suggestions before the public hearing next...
  4. Ron Strider

    Northwest Territories Will Let Communities Uphold Or Repeal Marijuana Prohibition

    Individual communities in the Northwest Territories will be given the right to uphold or repeal marijuana prohibition, according to the region's proposed cannabis regulations. In preparation for the federal government's plan to legalize recreational marijuana by July 1, 2018, the territory has...
  5. 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...
  6. Ron Strider

    CA: Potential Impact Of Recreational Cannabis Explored During Workshop In Buellton

    Research and data presented by two of Colorado's leading cannabis experts Friday provided workshop attendees a glimpse of the impacts of recreational cannabis. Hosted by the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health, the workshop brought health care and mental health providers...
  7. Ron Strider

    Public Banks Offer Hope For Marijuana Businesses

    With most private institutions and credit unions still avoiding the legal cannabis industry, many marijuana businesses remain without bank accounts. But one idea is gaining acceptance among marijuana entrepreneurs and a growing number of cities and states: the formation of public banks to...
  8. Ron Strider

    Canada: Ontario Cannabis Law Would Punish Homeless Recreational Weed Users

    Ontario tabled its law on cannabis legalization this week that would ban users from consuming the drug outside of "private residences," a move slammed by critics as favoring "the elite" since homeless people, and many renters and condo residents could effectively be prohibited from consuming...
  9. Ron Strider

    Canada: Ontario Must Do The Right Thing With Cannabis Revenues

    Both the governments of Canada and Ontario stress that one of their primary objectives as we move to a regime of legalized recreational cannabis is to protect youth. They point to their respective legislative approaches that establish minimum legal age for purchase, penalties for selling to...
  10. Ron Strider

    MA: Local Marijuana Law Concerns Clarified

    First, the law does not allow public consumption of marijuana. The language is unambiguous: "No person shall consume marijuana in a public place or smoke marijuana where smoking tobacco is prohibited." With the passage of the marijuana legalization ballot question last year and the subsequent...
  11. Ron Strider

    VA: Public Meeting Monday In Richmond On Decriminalizing Marijuana

    Members of the Virginia State Crime Commission will release findings from a study on decriminalizing possession of marijuana in the state. The General Assembly commissioned that study earlier this year. Decriminalizing means possessing small amounts of marijuana would not land someone in...
  12. Ron Strider

    MA: Newbury Voters Reject Marijuana Moratorium

    At a Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 24, Newbury voters rejected a temporary moratorium through 2018 on recreational marijuana cultivation and retail businesses. The moratorium was proposed to give town officials time to work on legal, planning, and public safety issues. Voters...
  13. Ron Strider

    CA: Public Meeting On Cannabis Use In Goleta

    The city of Goleta will hold a public workshop on to develop a cannabis land use ordinance. The workshop will be held with the Planning Commission on Monday at 6 p.m. The purpose of the workshop is to provide the Planning Commission and the public with information on the range of...
  14. Ron Strider

    CA: SLO County Board May Ban Marijuana Shops, Leaving Advocates 'Shocked'

    In a drastic change from previously proposed commercial marijuana policy, three of five San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted in a straw poll to ban medical and recreational dispensaries and prohibit manufacturing of edible goods in unincorporated areas of the county...
  15. Ron Strider

    Public Libraries Around Denver Putting Stock In Cannabis Collections

    Marijuana's path towards overall public acceptance has been measured in baby steps, with most government institutions and authorities slow to recognize its medical and social relevance...or ignoring it altogether. But at least one arm of Colorado's government has embraced the plant: the public...
  16. Ron Strider

    Canada: 20,000 Ideas & Counting: British Columbians Offer Feedback On Legal Cannabis

    The B.C. government has received more than 20,000 responses from the public on questions concerning how legal marijuana should be regulated and sold in the province. And it's only halfway through its public consultation on how to implement non-medical cannabis distribution in the province...
  17. Ron Strider

    Major Newspaper Calls For 'Amsterdam-Like Cafes' For Public Marijuana Use

    The state of California will legalize recreational marijuana on January 1st. But while everyone will be able to purchase cannabis at legal dispensaries, that still leaves the issue of where can they use it. Well, one newspaper is proposing the creation of "Amsterdam-like cafes" for exactly that...
  18. Ron Strider

    Bureau of Cannabis Control to Hold Public Licensing Workshop in Los Angeles

    The Bureau of Cannabis Control (Bureau) will host a public licensing workshop in Los Angeles on October 12. The workshop will focus on what licensing information is needed and what resources are available for people planning to apply for state commercial cannabis licenses. The Bureau will be...
  19. Ron Strider

    The UK Weed Activists Lighting Up In Public

    This July, a member of Parliament stood up for the rights of cannabis consumers. In protest of government inaction over medical cannabis, Paul Flynn, the Welsh MP encouraged civil disobedience in the form of public cannabis consumption–a demonstration now scheduled for Tuesday, October 10...
  20. Ron Strider

    UMass Researchers Studying Marijuana Use In Massachusetts Before Retail Stores open

    Researchers at the University of Massachusetts have begun a one-year study to assess the level of marijuana use in the state before legal sales of the drug for recreational use begin. According to a press release, the investigation -- a collaboration between the university's School of Public...