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‘Walmart of weed’ opening store in Washington, D.C.

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A company dubbed the “Walmart of Weed” is putting down roots in America’s capital city, sprouting further debate on marijuana — medical or otherwise.

Just a few miles from the White House and federal buildings, a company that candidly caters to medical marijuana growers is opening up its first outlet on theEast Coast. The opening of the weGrow store on Friday in Washington coincides with the first concrete step in implementing a city law allowing residents with certain medical conditions to purchase pot.

Like suppliers of picks and axes during the gold rush, weGrow sees itself providing the necessary tools to pioneers of a “green rush,” which some project could reach nearly $9 billion within the next five years. Admittedly smaller than a big box store, weGrow is not unlike a typical retailer in mainstream America, with towering shelves of plant food and vitamins, ventilation and lighting systems. Along with garden products, it offers how-to classes, books and magazines on growing medical marijuana.

“The more that businesses start to push the envelope by showing that this is a legitimate industry, the further we’re going to be able to go in changing people’s minds,” said weGrow founder Dhar Mann.

 

Bottle Belts Hold Wine and Beer on Your Bicycle

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Perfect for holding wine and beer bottles, plus whatever else you can think of, bottle belts are from Walnut Studiolo, run by Geoffrey and Valerie Franklin in Portland.

They source a lot of their materials (scrap leather, old ink cartridges, packaging) from SCRAP, a creative re-use center. The leather in the bottle belts comes from a local company that uses byproducts of the meat industry. The metal hardware comes from a small Ohio company.

Beer drinking pigs of St. Croix

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The Perfect Rye Whiskey to Pair with Pancakes

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Van Gogh, known for its palette of palate-pleasing flavored vodkas, has gone north of the border to bring back Tap 357, a maple-flavored blended rye whiskey with an 81-proof caffeine-surpassing jolt that will bring sunshine to your morning and sweet dreams to your nightcap.

The idea was this: Add a dollop of high-grade maple syrup to the smooth butteriness of barrel-aged rye whiskey to create a drink that kicks whiseky up a notch on that maple tree tap. Tap 357 starts with a blend of Canadian rye that has been aged for three, five, or seven years in bourbon casks. Then master blender Michel Marcil adds a dollop or two of pure “Canada 1/Grade A Light” maple syrup, one of Canada’s more-famous culinary exports.

The result is a potent but pleasurable cascade of flavors — sugary maple, toasty grain, buttery wood toast — that tastes good either neat, on the rocks, or in cocktails. It’s a tad sweeter than regular rye, and its mouthfeel is more substantial and silkier.  But there is no mistaking the barrel bite of true whiskey in the finish.

Vacation Travel Guide – Places to Avoid

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These are the places in America where alcohol is still banned

Marijuana vending machines

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Two medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles have installed pot vending machines. They’re accessible 24 hours a day and monitored by security guards. After cinching up your doctor’s consultation, hit an AVM location to get your prescription approved, fingerprint taken, and a prepaid credit card loaded with your profile: dosage (3.5 or 7 grams, up to 1oz a week) and strain preference (choice of five, including OG Cush and Granddaddy Purple, the mildly hallucinogenic forebear to Prince). Then day or night, all you do is hit a machine and walk away with enough vacuum-sealed, plastic-encapsulated cheeba to adequately treat your illness.

Man Creates Web Site To Find Beer On Tap

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s after 5 p.m. on a Friday, so some of you might be thinking about a beer.

If you’re particular about your pints, we have a web site that you might be interested in. It’ll tell you where to find your favorite beer on tap in the Twin Cities.

Matt Seedorf is a beer fan and he knows what he likes. “I really don’t like it when I don’t get what I want,” he said. What he wanted was a one stop shop to find his favorite beer. As far as he could tell, that didn’t exist.

So, Matt decided to keep track himself. He launched findabeernow.com last August. Since then, he’s added beer menus for more than 1,300 bars and restaurants around the Twin Cities.

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