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  1. Ron Strider

    Canada: Senators Want To Grill Trudeau About Cannabis Bill

    Senators are pressing to include Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a group of ministers who would appear in the Senate chamber to face questions about government legislation that would legalize cannabis in Canada. At least one of the senators, a Liberal, argued in the Senate Wednesday the...
  2. Ron Strider

    Canada: Legal Marijuana Deadline May Be Up In Smoke As Tory Senators Stall Bills

    You may think that you will be able to buy marijuana legally as of July 1. You should think again. Conservative senators are threatening to hold up passage of the two bills that would legalize cannabis consumption and toughen rules against abuse. Unless these senators yield, the bills are...
  3. Ron Strider

    Munzlinger Says Missouri "Is Missing The Boat" On Industrial Hemp

    The Missouri Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman plans to file industrial hemp legislation again in 2018. State Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, has said that Missouri "is missing the boat." Friday is December 1, which is the first day bills can be pre-filed for the 2018 Missouri...
  4. Ron Strider

    Canada: Former Vancouver Mayor Says Senate Will Meet Deadline For Pot Legalization

    Senator and former Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell says Canada's Senate should have no problem meeting next year's July 1 deadline to legalize marijuana. The federal Liberal government has said it plans to legalize recreational marijuana use by July of 2018. Control of Bill C-45, the...
  5. Ron Strider

    Philippines: No Hope For Medical Marijuana In Senate

    The Senate is not inclined to pass a medical marijuana bill, according to Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III. Sotto said on Sunday that the Senate had no medical marijuana bill. He said that while newspapers reported that a medical marijuana bill had cleared the health committee of...
  6. Ron Strider

    AL: Mo Brooks Says He's In Favor Of Legalizing Cannabis â€" Medical Marijuana

    Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat presently occupied by Luther Strange, announced today that he supports the legalization of cannabis, i.e. medical marijuana. Brooks made the announcement at a press conference streamed on the Facebook page of Talk 99.5 in...
  7. Ron Strider

    MA: State Legislature Stalls On Revising Marijuana Law

    The Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives are a week beyond their self-imposed deadline of last Friday, June 30, to send a compromise bill to Governor Charles D. Baker Jr. to repeal and replace the voter-passed recreational marijuana law. A six-member bipartisan conference...
  8. Ron Strider

    Talks On Revamped Marijuana Bill To Resume After Missed Deadline

    House and Senate negotiators hoping to hammer out a compromise over the state’s recreational marijuana law failed to meet a self-imposed deadline Friday aimed at getting a final bill to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk and plan to get back to negotiations next week. A six-member conference...
  9. Ron Strider

    MA: Behind Closed Doors, Lawmakers Work On Plan To Rewrite Pot Law

    The fate of marijuana legalization, enshrined in law by about 1.8 million Massachusetts voters, is now in the hands of a half-dozen lawmakers meeting in secret. Those legislators' first action on Monday was to kick out members of the news media, close the door, and begin their deliberations...
  10. Ron Strider

    MA: Lawmakers Touch Marijuana 'Third Rail'

    ZAP! BUZZZZZZZZ! That was the sound of the Massachusetts House and Senate touching what for years has been considered a politically hazardous "third rail" subject - marijuana. The Legislature last week did what it has refused to do for years - talk in public about the leafy green intoxicant -...
  11. Ron Strider

    The 6 Key Issues Mass. Lawmakers Will Try To Agree On Before Passing Pot Law Overhaul

    Differences between the House and Senate marijuana bills are being ironed out this week on Beacon Hill. Both chambers last week passed their own bills calling for changes the recreational marijuana law passed by voters last November. Now a six-member conference committee made up of House and...
  12. Ron Strider

    MA: The State House's Excellent Marijuana Adventure

    ZAP! BUZZZZZZZZ! That was the sound of the Massachusetts House and Senate touching what for years has been considered a politically hazardous "third rail" subject: marijuana. The Legislature this week did what it has refused to do for years — talk in public about the leafy green intoxicant —...
  13. Ron Strider

    Mass. Senate Passes Its Own Marijuana Law Revisions

    The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill Thursday calling for revisions to the state voter-approved recreational marijuana law, setting the stage for negotiations with the House, which just a day earlier backed a more far-reaching overhaul. The debate in the Senate over the reshaping of the law...
  14. Ron Strider

    N.Y. Senate Set To Pass Bill Allowing Medical Marijuana To Be Used As PTSD Treatment

    The GOP-controlled state Senate was poised on Tuesday to pass legislation that would allow medical marijuana to be used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. State Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island), the bill's sponsor, confirmed to The Daily News that the measure was among the first set...
  15. Ron Strider

    Mass. Senate Draft Bill Keeps 12 Percent Marijuana Tax

    The marijuana tax rate in Massachusetts would remain capped at 12 percent under a draft bill released Friday by the state Senate. That's the same rate as in the ballot question that was approved by voters in November. It's in sharp contrast to the 28 percent tax rate in a House bill --...
  16. Ron Strider

    MA: Senate Seeks To Tweak, Rather Than Completely Overhaul, State's New Marijuana Law

    Eyeing a June 30 deadline to get a bill to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk, the Massachusetts Senate on Friday released a proposal that attempts to come closer to the recreational marijuana law voters approved in November. Through a ballot question, voters broadly legalized usage of recreational...
  17. Ron Strider

    FL: Legislature Set To Pass Marijuana Compromise

    House and Senate leaders might be divided on issues that forced them to return to the Capitol this week, but they're in agreement about marijuana. Legislation to carry out a voter-approved constitutional amendment broadly legalizing medical marijuana is on the fast track, after Gov. Rick...
  18. Ron Strider

    FL: Jeff Brandes Doesn't Like The Medical Pot Deal

    Negotiators in the House and Senate have reached agreement on how to put medical marijuana into effect. But one senator says lawmakers are going about it the wrong way. Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, was the first lawmaker to publicly support Amendment 2, which 71 percent of voters...
  19. Ron Strider

    After Years-Long Fight, Colorado Approves Medical Marijuana Treatment For PTSD

    Coloradans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will now be able to treat their conditions with doctor-approved medical marijuana, bringing a close to a years-long fight. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 17 Monday, which will allow physicians, after consultation and a medical...
  20. Ron Strider

    Nevada Legislature Approaches Final Hours Of Session

    Nevada lawmakers are on the last day of a session that became focused on disagreements over education savings accounts, capital improvements and a proposed marijuana tax. The education funding debate had lawmakers working to resolve budget uncertainty in the final days of the 2017 session...