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  1. Ron Strider

    The Future Of Weed Science Is A Van In Colorado

    You enter the University of Colorado Boulder's newest research laboratory through the side entrance. The door–which is heavy and white, with a black, jug-style handle–slides open from right to left. Crammed inside are a plain wooden dresser, two chairs, and a small desk, above which someone has...
  2. Ron Strider

    Enter The Marijuana Breathalyzer

    One of law enforcement's great frustrations with legal marijuana – and anti-legalizers' perennial talking points – has been the absence of a reliable way of determining if someone has been driving while stoned. A marijuana high (and therefore impairment) usually lasts two or three hours after...
  3. Ron Strider

    How One Machine Can Change Colorado Hemp Farming

    Hemp, marijuana's non-psychoactive counterpart, can be turned into a large variety of products. And in 2016, Colorado farmers produced half of the hemp grown in the United States. Even after more states started growing the crop in 2017, Colorado still planted over three times more of it than any...
  4. Ron Strider

    OR: Portland Companies Are Fighting A Secret Plot To Monopolize Cannabis

    In a former nursery on the outskirts of Canby, next door to filbert orchards and the constant gunshots of a firing range, Eco Firma Farms' Jesse Peters believes he's helping fight a war for the future of cannabis. "The patent wars are coming," Peters says. "It's top secret strategic shit...
  5. Ron Strider

    AK: $150,000 Worth Of Marijuana Stolen From Anchorage Cannabis Cultivator

    A huge amount of marijuana, $150,000 worth, was stolen early Tuesday morning from a cannabis cultivator in South Anchorage. The owner of Danish Gardens, Dane Wyrick, says it happened Tuesday morning about 1:30. He says four people, a woman and three men, smashed through the door using a...
  6. Ron Strider

    Legal Or Not, Cannabis Takes A Toll On Northern California Watersheds

    Ben Durkee is a true Trinity local. He's lived and worked in the Northern California county his entire life. "I grew up on a little creek on Ransom Road in Weaverville," he says. "We always called the creek the 'wrong creek' because it was near a two-house little dirt road that was labeled...
  7. Ron Strider

    Barely Iillegal: A Tour Of LA's Highbrow Cannabis Scene

    Carli Jo Bidlingmaier talks to a group of twentysomethings in a living room in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, weeks before the recent wildfires. She is explaining that consuming marijuana allows a woman to awaken her "yoni", a Sanskrit term for vagina favored by Hollywood bohemians...
  8. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Chemical May Keep HIV Patients Sharp

    Researchers have found that a chemical in marijuana, called tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, could potentially slow the process of mental decline that affects up to 50 percent of HIV patients. "It's believed that cognitive function decreases in many of those with HIV partly due to chronic...
  9. Ron Strider

    Canada: Mom Of Daughter With Severe Autism Says Cannabis Therapy Is 'Heaven Sent'

    After a series of violent episodes linked to autism, 19-year-old Dina Dedes struck her father. Her mother, Joanne, turned to a controversial therapy that she says saved her daughter's life — cannabis. "That was very disturbing for me because I thought, 'Oh my God,' we've got to do something,'"...
  10. Ron Strider

    Thieves Take Half A Million Dollars Worth Of Pot Products In Cannabis Club Heist

    An extraordinarily large amount of marijuana products worth more than half a million dollars was taken from a San Francisco cannabis club, according to police. KTVU has obtained exclusive video of a burglary where police say two thieves got away with plenty of pot products. Early Sunday...
  11. Ron Strider

    Marijuana Businesses, Excluded From Finance, Are Forced To Use Cash

    Many marijuana growers in northern California, America's biggest source of the stuff, had expected this autumn's harvest to be the largest ever. After all, recreational marijuana becomes legal in the state in January. Instead, wildfires in October–spreading so fast they killed 43 people–burned...
  12. Ron Strider

    WA: 4 Facts About Cannabis That Might Surprise You

    What's one of the most common misconceptions about Washington's legal cannabis industry? That it's all about 20-somethings looking for a recreational buzz. In fact, the bulk of the clients at Everett's Purple Haze are 35 to 40 and older, and come from all backgrounds and professions, says...
  13. Ron Strider

    Canada: Pot Black Market Isn't Expected To Disappear Even As Marijuana Becomes Legal

    From texting a local dealer to dropping into a neighborhood dispensary or ordering online, Canada's black market for recreational marijuana has seen significant changes in recent years and, no doubt, will see more as the country hurtles toward a new world of legalization next summer. What...
  14. Ron Strider

    How Marijuana Does - And Doesn't - Affect Your Health And Well-Being

    The FDA cried fraud in October, accusing companies in Florida, Colorado and California of illegally selling marijuana-derived products that supposedly could prevent, treat or cure cancer The advertising claims were unsubstantiated, said the FDA, and the products hadn't been submitted for...
  15. Ron Strider

    Jamaica Wants In On The Booming Marijuana Market. But Will Farmers Be Able To Cash In

    Most of the time farmers are proud of their crops and are happy to talk about them. But ask a certain kind of farmer what they grow and they might seem a little evasive. "I farm goats and cows and cabbage in the bush," says Baxter, a middle-aged farmer in Jamaica. Inquire further and he...
  16. Ron Strider

    Why Former NHL'er Riley Cote Wants Hockey To Embrace Cannabis

    Riley Cote broke the rules constantly throughout his career with the Philadelphia Flyers. He scored just one goal and six assists in his 156 NHL games. But as an enforcer, Cote's success was measured in infractions, and by that standard – with more than 50 fights and 411 penalty minutes – he did...
  17. Ron Strider

    Canada: Durham College Offers Class On Cannabis Business As Legalization Looms

    An Ontario college is offering a new class in response to the growing demand for skilled professionals to support Canada's expanding medical marijuana industry as legalization looms. And it's not exactly reading, writing and arithmetic. The two-day class, offered this weekend by Durham College...
  18. Ron Strider

    Veterans Are Key As Surge Of States, Including NY, OK Medical Marijuana For PTSD

    It was a telling setting for a decision on whether post-traumatic stress disorder patients could use medical marijuana. Against the backdrop of the nation's largest Veterans Day parade, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this month he'd sign legislation making New York the latest in a...
  19. Ron Strider

    Panel To Look At Testing Issues For Alaska Marijuana

    Alaska's top marijuana regulator says a committee will look at issues regarding the testing of cannabis products amid inconsistency in potency results from different labs. Erika McConnell tells Anchorage television station KTVA she doesn't know how long that process will take. Brian Coyle...
  20. Ron Strider

    Pot For Pets? Experts Say Cannabis Can Ease Pain In Animals As Well

    Could marijuana hold the key to helping our pets feel and look healthy? A growing number of pet owners and veterinarians are turning to holistic healing, using cannabis oils and edibles. But could they also be putting these animals at risk? CBS2's Peter Daut takes a closer look at pot for...
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