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  1. Ron Strider

    World Health Organization: CBD Should Not Be A Scheduled Substance

    The World Health Organization, the health agency of the United Nations, has officially recommended that cannabidiol (CBD) not be internationally scheduled as a controlled substance. WHO research on CBD's therapeutic use and side effects found that the cannabinoid was not a public danger...
  2. Ron Strider

    What Voters Really Mean When They Say They Support Marijuana Legalization

    The proportion of Americans who express support for marijuana legalization in opinion polls has risen sharply over the past decade from the low 30s to as high as 60 percent. But a new poll shows that what Americans who support "marijuana legalization" actually want is more nuanced than it might...
  3. Ron Strider

    Medical Marijuana For Children With Cancer Broadly Supported By Doctors

    An overwhelming majority of health care professionals who care for children with cancer would be willing to help those children get medical marijuana–though less enthusiastically if they happen to be among the providers who are actually eligible to provide it, found a new study. In a survey...
  4. Ron Strider

    MA: Cannabis 'Clubbing'

    There was a candid – albeit somewhat horrifying – discussion before the Cannabis Control Commission that gave a glimpse into just how far down the merry marijuana lane this state could go. Michael Latulippe, an official of the Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance and a member of the...
  5. Ron Strider

    CA: Hey, 'Budtender' - Los Angeles' Power Brokers Of Pot Crank Up The Kook

    Carli Jo Bidlingmaier was talking to a group of 20-somethings in a living room in the Bel-Air neighborhood here, weeks before the wildfires. She was explaining that consuming marijuana allows a woman to awaken her "yoni," a Sanskrit term for vagina favored by Hollywood bohemians. "Everybody...
  6. Ron Strider

    UT: Volunteer Seeks Petition Signatures, Medical Cannabis

    Local volunteers with the Utah Patients Coalition have been collecting signatures in Sanpete County for several weeks. Volunteering for this project has been a journey that has opened my eyes to the vast numbers of people who are suffering here in our county because of the laws that have...
  7. Ron Strider

    Ohio Hired Convicted Felon To Score Medical Marijuana Grow License Applications

    The Ohio Department of Commerce came under fire from state officials Tuesday for hiring a medical marijuana program consultant who had a felony drug conviction on his criminal record. The felony conviction would have disqualified the consultant from being awarded the medical marijuana...
  8. 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...
  9. Ron Strider

    TN: Conservative Republican On Medical Cannabis Task Force: 'Reefer Madness Is Over'

    The idea of legal medical cannabis or marijuana appeared to gain another conservative Republican convert on Tennessee's Capitol Hill Thursday. "The era of Reefer Madness is over," said Rep. Bob Ramsey, who referenced the 1930s cult movie about the perceived dangers of marijuana. Ramsey is...
  10. Ron Strider

    Canadian Marijuana Advocate Blasts 'Hypocrisy' Of Ex-Police Cashing In On Cannabis

    One of Canada's most prominent marijuana activists has taken aim at former police officers who have entered the country's fledgling cannabis industry, saying it was "hard to stomach" that those who spent years sending people to jail for pot offences are now poised to profit as the country moves...
  11. Ron Strider

    MN: Medical Marijuana Company's Sales Slow Amid Testing Delays

    One of Minnesota's two medical marijuana manufacturers is turning away some patients, blaming a delay in third-party testing of its medications. The problems at LeafLine Labs are causing issues for patients such as Kellie Germann, who uses medical marijuana to treat her post-traumatic stress...
  12. Ron Strider

    Hawaii, Which Registers Guns And Medical Marijuana Users, Starts Disarming Patients

    Hawaii is one of 29 states that allow medical use of marijuana, but it is the only state that requires registration of all firearms. If you are familiar with the criteria that bar people from owning guns under federal law, you can probably surmise what the conjunction of these two facts means...
  13. Ron Strider

    CA: Cannabis Industry Dives Into County Supervisor Races

    Business interests have long tried to pack legislative bodies with members who are sympathetic to their work, but electing marijuana-friendly members to the county Board of Supervisors has never been so important to the cannabis industry. Recreational marijuana sales begin on New Year's Day...
  14. Ron Strider

    Long Beach Is Working On A Marijuana Education Campaign

    There's only a few weeks to go before California adults can legally buy marijuana in jurisdictions where local governments permit, and Long Beach officials want to get the message out that "driving high" is a bad idea. City government's Health and Human Services Department plans to spend a...
  15. Ron Strider

    Commission's Argument That Marijuana Legalization To Fuel Opioid Epidemic Stirs Anger

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, head of the presidential commission on opioids, warned of supposed dangers of marijuana in a letter to President Donald Trump earlier this month about the panel's findings, saying the current push for the drug's legalization could further fuel the opioid epidemic...
  16. Ron Strider

    Malta: Cannabis Is 'A Means To Have Control Over Myself And My Well-being'

    As more voices join in towards the proper legalization of cannabis, Johnathan Cilia, co-founder of pre-legalization NGO ReLeaf, speaks to some of the main local exponents. During a recent event, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat recently said that Malta's drug laws had "failed" to do their job...
  17. Ron Strider

    The Startup Catering To Women's Curiosity About Cannabis

    Talk isn't cheap for the founders of Ellementa. It's the foundation of their business, a new digital platform and community that highlights how cannabis can be used to improve wellness for women. Partners Aliza Sherman, Melissa Pierce and Ashley Kingsley are building their audience one city at a...
  18. Ron Strider

    NJ: Panel Wants Expanded Medical Marijuana, But Which Governor Will Decide

    The list of ailments that qualify a patient to use marijuana in New Jersey doesn't cover all the people it could help, says a panel of doctors and health professionals that studied the issue for 19 months. Migraines, Tourette's, and anxiety and chronic pain stemming from various maladies...
  19. Ron Strider

    Top 5 Predatory Practices In California Cannabis

    With temporary licensing on the horizon, California's cannabis industry is obviously on the cusp of really big things. With this green rush, our California cannabis business attorneys have been brought on to work on all kinds of M&A deals and a bevy of MAUCRSA and local law regulatory compliance...
  20. Ron Strider

    CA: Cultural Tipping Point? Cannabis Ads Appear In TSA Checkpoint At Ontario Airport

    Every now and then, the culture experiences a watershed, a moment when we look up and say, wow, things really have changed. I know you think I am talking about sexual harassment, but I'm not. It's far too early to say whether the torrent of revelations about sexually predatory men will shame...
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