When a Californian Girl Scout had to sell some cookies, she saw a golden opportunity in her state’s new law fully legalizing marijuana.
The Girl Scout in San Diego, who’s not been identified, parked outside of a legal marijuana shop to sell cookies — and she managed to sell more than 300 boxes in six hours. According to the New York Times, that’s likely more than $1,500 raised.
This is simply good business sense, given that the munchies can be a big motivator for buying Girl Scout cookies and other junk food. And it will fund a good cause — much of the money will ultimately go back to the local Girl Scouts organization.
It was also good for Urbn Leaf, the pot shop where the girl sold hundreds of boxes of cookies. The store put out an Instagram photo with the girl, essentially advertising her services — and encouraging people to come along with friends to buy some cannabis. The post drew more than 1,400 likes as of Friday afternoon.
This almost certainly won’t be the last time we see a story like this. After all, 2018 is only the first year of fully legal pot sales in California.
Continue reading A Girl Scout sold 300 boxes of cookies in 6 hours — by setting up near a legal marijuana shop
Where there is smoke, there tends to be fire, say medical researchers who found frequent marijuana users have about 20 percent more sex than those who abstain.
Stanford University School of Medicine researchers unveiled the link between marijuana and the frequency of sexual intercourse in a study published on Friday in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Researchers in California reached their conclusions after a retrospective analysis of data on 50,000 Americans ages 25 to 45, compiled from 2002 to 2015 by the National Survey of Family Growth. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sponsors the survey.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown will propose his final state budget on Wednesday, setting out a spending blueprint that last year topped $125 billion and marking the first time the state’s coffers will be bolstered from sales taxes on marijuana.
Brown, a Democrat who is leaving office next January after four non-consecutive terms, has positioned the state as a bulwark against the conservative policies of Republican U.S. President Donald Trump.
The governor’s proposal is expected to reflect that by funding programs to combat climate change, shore up health care services and other efforts.
The 2018-2019 budget will include anticipated taxes on sales of marijuana, which became legal for recreational use Jan. 1, estimated to eventually reach $1 billion.
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- Recreational marijuana is now legal in California for people age 21 and older.
- 90 businesses received state licenses to open on New Year’s Day, and they are mainly located in San Diego, Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Palm Springs area.
- Venues that sell marijuana will eventually be subject to regulations requiring extensive testing for potency, pesticides and other contaminants.
- Those who advocated for legalization were “thrilled,” while others, like the California Police Chiefs Association, worry about the risks.
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On Thursday, the state issued its first group of business licenses to transport and sell recreational-use marijuana only 18 days prior to the kickoff of legal sales January 1. Torrey Holistics has just received the first temporary license from the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC).
The key factors driving the growth of the marijuana/cannabis market are technological advancement, premium pricing due to high energy consumption in marijuana production, changing peoples attitude toward marijuana use and growing business opportunities, increasing business sophistication, large base of potential cannabis consumers, medical cannabis on the rise, increasing licensed producers and the growth of the vaporizer industry.
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The cash they must work with is vulnerable to crooks, cops and even combustion
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 up half the marijuana growing in the area’s tri-county “Emerald Triangle” alone. Some reckon the fires set a record not just for burnt pot, but also for the value of banknotes turned to ash.
Although 29 American states allow sales of marijuana for medical use (or medical and recreational use), federal law still classifies it as a “schedule 1” drug like heroin. Firms handling marijuana proceeds can be prosecuted for money laundering. Ned Fussell of CannaCraft, a maker of marijuana products, says that a few firms open a bank account under an alternative identity. But banks almost always find out. So cannabis businesses operate almost exclusively in cash. Many pot farmers fled the fires without their banknotes.
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Mexico is an incredibly popular tourist destination but parts of it are also hotbeds for drug-related crime. And often quite brutal and terrifying crime at that.
A case in point is this incident, captured on a body cam when police officers in Madera, Chihuahua were ambushed by heavily-armed gunmen belonging to the La Linea wing of the Juarez cartel, a Juarez street gang that also usually performs the gang’s executions.
Continue reading 75 killed 114 injured – Dramatic Footage Shows Mexican Police In Shoot Out With Drug Cartel