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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

    How Delaware Is Lining Up To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

    Delaware appears to be on the verge of becoming the first state in the Mid-Atlantic to legalize retail sales of marijuana for recreational use by adults. In Dover on Wednesday, a governor's task force reviewed changes to a proposed bill that also could make the state the first to legalize...
  3. Ron Strider

    On Opening Day, Vermont Legislature Advances Marijuana Legalization

    Vermont lawmakers took quick action toward legalizing marijuana Wednesday, mere hours after the opening gavel of the 2018 legislative session. Members of the House Judiciary Committee approved a minor change to a bill that would legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for those 21...
  4. Ron Strider

    Gov. Gary Herbert Predicts That Voters Will Legalize Medical Marijuana In Utah

    Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Wednesday that Utahns will vote to legalize medical marijuana. Whether that will be this November – when it may be on the ballot as an initiative – or a future year, the governor didn't say. Speaking to a middle school class in Riverton, Herbert was asked by a...
  5. Ron Strider

    IN: GOP Leader Softening On Medical Marijuana, But Passage Seems Unlikely This Year

    Republican opposition to legalizing marijuana for medicinal use may be softening. While it's not likely that such legislation would be approved this year, the Indiana General Assembly this session could edge a little closer to one day legalizing medical marijuana. Rep. Jim Lucas...
  6. Ron Strider

    IA: Company Hired To Produce Medical Marijuana Fighting To Keep Application Secret

    A Des Moines company that intends to produce medical marijuana is seeking a court order to keep large portions of its licensing application secret. MedPharm Iowa is the only company that responded to the state's request for bids following passage last year of a state law that allows the Iowa...
  7. Ron Strider

    Australia Aims For Global Domination Of Medicinal Cannabis Market

    Australia's fledgling medicinal cannabis market is about to get a big boost, with the Federal Government to allow exports of cannabis-based medicines. The move aims to create a bigger market for locally produced medicines so that there is a more stable and secure supply for Australian patients...
  8. Ron Strider

    Cannabis Oil Openly Sold By Iowa Stores Without State Permits Despite Legal Questions

    Iowans who want to buy cannabis oil to treat a range of ailments don't have to wait a year for state officials to set up a tightly regulated distribution system — because versions of the products already are for sale on store shelves. State and federal officials say the oils, known as...
  9. Ron Strider

    Delaware Marijuana Task Force Begins Drafting Final Report

    A controversial bill aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana in Delaware will be rewritten in the coming weeks in an effort to shore up support in the General Assembly, according to one of the measure's lead sponsors. "There is a lot of stuff we have to go through to reach some consensus,"...
  10. Ron Strider

    Steve Kerr Talks About Legalization Of Marijuana In California

    On Monday, California became the nation's sixth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana through the passage of 2016's Proposition 64. On Tuesday afternoon, Warriors coach Steve Kerr expressed support for the drug. "I'm a proponent of it," Kerr said after Tuesday's practice...
  11. Ron Strider

    Anderson Cooper Defends Anchor's Marijuana Joint On CNN NYE

    Stopping by Stephen Colbert's Late Show on Tuesday, CNN's Anderson Cooper responded to the controversy surrounding the network airing a segment on New Year's Eve in which reporter Randi Kaye, in Colorado, was shown holding a lit marijuana joint. "First of all, it's legal in Colorado. We are...
  12. Ron Strider

    NJ: North Jersey Towns Debating Whether To Allow Marijuana Retail Stores

    With Gov.-elect Phil Murphy vowing to legalize marijuana in his first 100 days in office, many municipalities find themselves grappling with an unexpected question: Should we allow pot to be sold in our town? For some local leaders, the answer is an unequivocal no. Marijuana shops would cause...
  13. Ron Strider

    Less Than 1 Ounce Of Marijuana Leads To Arrests Of More Than 60 Georgia Partygoers

    At least 63 people were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of possessing less than an ounce of marijuana after police were unable to identify the actual owner of the drug stash found at a house party in Cartersville, Georgia, over the weekend. Cartersville police said they arrived at the...
  14. Ron Strider

    NJ: Weed Ban Coming To Seaside Heights, Other Shore Towns

    Ocean County is quickly becoming New Jersey's biggest holdout in the legalization of marijuana. Berkeley Township council members on Monday introduced an ordinance that would prohibit any business that sells marijuana — medicinal or recreational — or weed paraphernalia. The 56-square-mile...
  15. Ron Strider

    CA: Recreational Marijuana Is Legal. But Smoking In Public And Driving Stoned Are Not

    As Los Angeles moves toward allowing the sale of recreational marijuana, joining cities across the state in the newly legal enterprise, police here offered a stern word of caution. Yes, recreational pot will be legal to sell (and buy, and consume, and cultivate). But there are limits. And the...
  16. Ron Strider

    CA: San Jose Cannabis Dispensary Attracts Big Crowds

    The wait is finally over for recreational pot users to come out of the shadows. "I'm about 56 years old and I never thought this day would happen," said Brett Anthony Muret of Woodside. He came to Buddy's Cannabis in San Jose to do his pot shopping. Buddy's was the first dispensary to...
  17. Ron Strider

    CA: Legal Weed Now Available In Monterey County

    It's officially 2018, and sales of marijuana for recreational use is legal in California. Monterey Bay Alternative Medicine in Del Rey Oaks became the first location in Monterey County to sell recreational marijuana Monday and was greeted with a line of consumers as a result. "This has...
  18. Ron Strider

    Canada: Federal Government Targets Black - And Grey - Markets With Legal Cannabis

    The legalization of cannabis in coming months will offer a clear opportunity for provinces to shut down the black market for the drug and put an end to any notion there are still "grey" areas in Canadian law, top Liberal officials said. In a joint interview, federal Health Minister Ginette...
  19. Ron Strider

    NV: Recreational Marijuana Sales Begin In Carson City

    Quietly and a little under the radar, recreational sales of marijuana began in Carson City January 1, 2018. There was very little fanfare, no long lines and the two stores in Carson City opened at their normal times. At Rise, it was business as usual, just with a slight uptick in customers...
  20. Ron Strider

    A $1 Billion Marijuana Windfall For New Jersey? Some Say It's Possible

    New Jersey could reap as much as $1 billion a year from legal marijuana – the equivalent of more than a half-cent boost in the sales tax – if the state taxes the industry aggressively and imposes fees on growers, distributors, testing labs, retailers and delivery services, according to...