‘Starbucks On Steroids’: Can America’s New Weed Cafes Make Smoking Social?

With recreational marijuana legal in 10 US states and Canada, tens of millions of adults can go to a store and buy a joint. But outside their homes, there are few places where those customers can legally smoke it.

Clouds of pot smoke float around North America’s biggest cities, but for the most part it’s not allowed in public spaces, and there hasn’t been a profusion of Amsterdam-style coffee shops or other businesses where someone can consume a legal drug.

But that could be changing.

Denver’s first legal consumption lounge, The Coffee Joint, opened last year. Its co-owner Rita Tsalyuk described it as a “Starbucks on steroids”. It costs $5 to enter if you plan to consume – though entrance is otherwise free – and while the shop itself can’t sell cannabis, it’s attached to a licensed dispensary. The space hosts video game and movie nights, singles mixers, yoga and industry events.

On a busy day about 50 people come in. That’s not Starbucks traffic, and Tsalyuk said consumption lounges would struggle to stay open unless they find more revenue streams, like selling cannabis or alcohol. Bars in Denver and elsewhere have also expressed interest in selling cannabis, but so far, at least, establishments selling both intoxicants are hard to find. One entrepreneur hoped to open a cannabis spa in Denver but her proposed location was deemed too close to a school.

In legal cities one can also find gray-market shops where it’s possible for customers to bring their own cannabis, relax on couches, watch TV or have a cup of coffee. It’s a nice idea, but without the ability to sell cannabis, they can struggle to survive as a business, even if they avoid getting shut down by police.

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Samantha Montanaro, a cannabis entrepreneur and activist who’s pushing for social use in Oregon, calls for “freedom to choose what you want to consume”. She acknowledged cannabis lounges were a “tough business” since they appeal to backpacking tourists with little spare cash as well as lower-income people who live in federally subsidized housing where marijuana isn’t allowed. If customers can’t buy cannabis, they’re likely to bring their own and hang out all day.

Montanaro sees more of a business opportunity in hosting private consumption tastings and dinners. “Cannabis goes with everything so pairing it with already thriving markets is a good way to go,” she said.

Lisa Snyder, who cofounded Tokeativity, a cannabis community for women with Montanaro, said the “new normal will be events where there’s no alcohol and everyone is really excited about that”.

Indeed, “social use” may be about to have its moment. In San Francisco, a Market Street spot called Moe Greens opened a few weeks ago. It sells cannabis and offers separate rooms for vaping, smoking and concentrates, all in a stylish mid-century modern building. But not many cities have San Francisco’s concentration of young tech millionaires with time to ponder their next startup idea.

By the end of 2019 there could be eight or nine cannabis lounges in West Hollywood, California, which would amount to roughly as many as there currently are in the rest of the country. It seems likely that with time, the rules surrounding social use will loosen and businesses will figure out a way to appeal to both affluent and impoverished customers.

For a great many cannabis users, the lack of social use opportunities is a minor inconvenience, at worst. But as someone who pays close attention to legalization, I wish there were more of them.

Even in cities where cannabis is legal, alcohol still largely sets the tone for nightlife. The equivalent of cannabis bars might make it easier to determine who is using cannabis and in what context. A room full of cannabis users looks different, sounds different and certainly smells different from a bar.

Even walking by one would give people more of a sense of the drug’s social context and how it makes people behave. Having those rooms open to public view would allow people to make up their minds about whether legalization is an experiment worth pursuing.

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House Dems Send Message: Impeachment Is On

Via Washington Examiner:

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says there is no doubt President Trump has obstructed justice.

“It’s very clear that the president obstructed justice,” Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler told ABC Sunday. “It’s very clear — 1,100 times he referred to the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt, he tried to — he fired — he tried to protect Flynn from being investigated by the FBI. He fired Comey in order to stop the Russian thing, as he told NBC News. He — he’s dangled part — he’s threat — he’s intimidated witnesses. In public.”

Think what you will about the reasons — calling an investigation a “witch hunt” is obstruction of justice? — but Nadler sounded less like a man weighing the evidence than a man who has has made up his mind. Given that, Nadler’s ABC interview led to a question: President Nixon was threatened with impeachment for obstruction of justice. President Clinton was impeached for obstruction of justice. Why is Nadler, who heads the committee in the House that originates articles of impeachment, not moving forward with impeaching President Trump right now?

“We don’t have the facts yet,” Nadler said — a perplexing admission for a man who had just confidently enumerated the president’s crimes. “Impeachment is a long way down the road.”

As National Review’s Rich Lowry pointed out a short time later, no one should believe Nadler’s caution. “Don’t be fooled,” Lowry tweeted. “Being a ‘long way’ from impeachment is their first step to impeaching [Trump].”

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Rand Paul Will Vote Against Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

Always the no vote…..

Via Daily Caller:

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said he will vote against a resolution in an attempt to terminate President Donald Trump’s national emergency for border wall funding.

Paul will join a group of three Republicans who have expressed their concerns with Trump’s declaration for a national emergency, saying they do not believe the president should be allowed to override Congress to such a degree.

“I can’t vote to give extraconstitutional powers to the President,” Paul said, to the Bowling Green Daily News Saturday. “I can’t vote to give the President the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress,” he continued. “We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn’t authorize it. If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing.” He was speaking to the Warren County Republican Party.

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Is Logic The Same Thing As Common Sense?

 

1 – Eleven teens die each day because of texting while driving. Maybe it’s time to raise the age of Smartphone ownership to 21.

 2 – If gun control laws actually worked, Chicago would be Mayberry.

 3 – The Second Amendment makes more women equal than the entire feminist movement.

 4 – Legal gun owners have 300 million guns and probably a trillion rounds of ammo. Seriously, folks, if we were the problem, you’d know it.

 5 – When JFK was killed, nobody blamed the rifle

 6 – The NRA murders 0 people and receives $0 in government funds. Planned Parenthood kills 350,000 babies every year and receives $500,000,000 in tax dollars annually.

7 – Have no problem with vigorous background checks when it comes to firearms. While we’re at it, let’s do the same when it comes to immigration and Voter I.D.

8 – You don’t need a smoke detector; that’s what the fire department is for. Now…if you think that sounds stupid, you know how I feel when you say I don’t need a gun.

 9 – Folks keep talking about another Civil War. One side knows how to shoot and has a trillion bullets. The other side has crying closets and is confused about which bathroom to use. How do you think that’s going to end?

I SURE HOPE THE PROGRESSIVES & The MEDIA CAN READ THIS!

 

 
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And Kneel For The Cross

U.S. House Panel Launches Probe Into Possible Obstruction By Trump

 

SOURCE: by Reuters. With the exception of the picture of Trump below.

By Tim Ahmann

WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) – The House Judiciary Committee will seek documents from more than 60 people and organizations as it begins investigations into possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by President Donald Trump, the panel’s chairman said on Sunday.

Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told ABC’s “This Week” the panel wanted to get documents from the Department of Justice, the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, among others.

“We are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption … and into obstruction of justice,” Nadler said. “It’s our job to protect the rule of law.”

“It’s very clear that the president obstructed justice,” Nadler said. He said it was too soon to consider whether impeachment should be pursued, however.

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Cohen Flipped On Trump Because Robert Mueller Threatened To Imprison His Wife For 30 Years For HIS Financial Crimes

SOURCE: 90 Miles From Tyranny

Washington insiders have long speculated that special counsel Robert Mueller and the federal Southern District of New York must have had some pretty powerful evidence against Michael Cohen for him to turn so harshly against his former employer, President Donald Trump.

Turns out they may have been spot-on.

Prior to this week, few Americans had heard Lynne Patton’s name, let alone who knew who she was. Her identity was made known during the Democrat-run circus on Capitol Hill earlier this week involving “testimony” by POTUS Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, in which he lambasted the president as racist, bigoted, a tax cheat, and an all-around lousy person, according to The Gateway Pundit.

Ho-hum, nothing new there.

But what Patton, who is black and was hired years ago by the Trump family (she is now a ranking HUD official), knows about Cohen and his transformation into No. 1 Trump basher is more than intriguing, not that the “mainstream” media (MSM) will report it.

In a January Facebook post addressed, “Dear haters,” that didn’t get much attention at the time, Patton revealed that the reason why Cohen has turned so hard against the president: Mueller and his team threatened to put Cohen’s wife behind bars for 30 years, tying her to his crimes.

Patton wrote:

 

Many of you may already know that I considered Michael Cohen to be one of my very best friends. Countless people can confirm that we were virtually inseparable during my employment at Trump – and that he is, single-handedly – responsible for introducing me to the Trump family and effectively changing my entire life. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that my heart still breaks for him and for his family, with whom I had grown extremely close.

Continuing, Patton added that she “can personally confirm that the ONLY reason Michael Cohen ‘turned on’ the President of the United States is because Mueller threatened to throw his wife in jail for up to 30 years. Period.”

She explained that Cohen’s wife is the “co-guarantor” of a $20 million personal loan that Mueller and his team discovered that Michael secured in 2015 after falsely inflating the value of his tax medallions. The deal “effectively” made his wife “part & panel to the federal charge of ‘Making False Statements to a Financial Institution,’” a charge to which Michael Cohen pleaded guilty.

The disgraced former lawyer, then, took the heat for the charge so his wife would be…

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Democrats Prepare Congressional Hearings Over Trump Saying ‘Fake News’

Via Breitbart:

Congressional Democrats are planning to hold hearings about President Trump’s criticisms of establishment news outlets, according to a new report.

Bloomberg News reports that the House Judiciary Committee, which is currently led by Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), will seek to investigate Trump calling the media “fake news” and “enemies of the people.”

“The committee will study whether such actions either reflect or blur the Constitution’s separation of powers,” the report states.

The president’s repeated declarations that the “fake news” media is the “enemy of the people” has indeed upset many Democrats and media figures.

Possible 2020 hopeful and media darling Beto O’Rourke used the line to attack Trump and Republicans in 2018, accusing him of inciting violence against the media.

“This idea fronted by the president that somehow the press are the enemy of the people, reinforced by him tweeting out images of a reporter being hit by a train, body slammed in a wrestling ring, it is incitement to violence. I don’t know any other way to call it,” O’Rourke said.

Before the 2018 midterms, Trump doubled down on his attacks against the media, saying that it was not him but reporters and pundits who were fostering violence in America.

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SOURCE: WEASEL ZIPPERS 

Top Democrat On Foreign Affairs Committee Condemns Ilhan Omar’s Latest Anti-Semitic Remarks

If she thinks she can continue with her discussting blatant anti-Semitism then show this Muslim Congresswoman the door “OUT OF THE HOUSE” and back to Mogadishu, Somalia….We are tired of apologies from both Omar and Tlaib…………Papa Mike 

BUT SHE’S STILL ON THE COMMITTEE???

Via Daily Wire:

It’s getting harder and harder for Democrats to ignore or defend Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) blatant anti-Semitism.

On Friday, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), who is Jewish and the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released a statement condemning Omar’s recent comments suggesting those that defend Israel have an “allegiance to a foreign country.” Engel requested Omar apologize for her “vile” remarks.

I welcome debate in Congress based on the merits of policy, but it’s unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow American citizens because of their political views, including support for the U.S.-Israel relationship. We all take the same oath. Worse, Representative Omar’s comments leveled that charge by invoking a vile anti-Semitic slur. This episode is especially disappointing following so closely on another instance of Ms. Omar seeming to invoke an anti-Semitic stereotype. Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them, apologize, and commit to making her case on policy issues without resorting to attacks that have no place in the Foreign Affairs Committee or the House of Representatives.

Politico’s Andrew Desiderio posted the statement on Twitter and included much of the statement in an article for Politico.

Omar’s latest remarks came during an event at the Busboys and Poets restaurant in Washington, D.C.

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The Department of Health and Human Services Extends Contract to Make ‘Humanized Mice’ With Aborted Baby Parts for Another 90 Days

 

By Terence P. Jeffrey | March 1, 2019

(CNSNews.com) – The Department of Health and Human Services says it has granted a second 90-day extension to a contract it has with the University of California at San Francisco that requires UCSF to make “humanized mice.”

These creatures are made by implanting mice with human tissues taken from late-term aborted babies.

The HHS’s multi-million-dollar contract with UCSF that requires the construction of these “humanized mice” creates a demand–driven by federal tax dollars–for tissue taken from late-term aborted babies. According to an estimate it has published on its website, the National Institutes of Health (which is a division of HHS) will spend $95 million this fiscal year alone on research that–like UCSF’s “humanized mouse” contract–uses human fetal tissue.

Under the new 90-day extension, the contract—which the government calls “Humanized Mouse Models for HIV Therapeutics Development”–will run through June 5.

HHS also is still in the process of conducting the “comprehensive review” it announced last September “of all research involving fetal tissue.”

That review was initiated to ensure that all federally funded research using human fetal tissue is consistent “with statutes and regulations governing such research, and to ensure the adequacy of procedures and oversight of this research in light of the serious regulatory, moral, and ethical considerations involved.”

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MICHELLE MALKIN’S FULL SPEECH AND TRANSCRIPT — Conservative Stalwart Calls Out CPAC for Honoring “Radical Van Jones” with Speaking Slot (VIDEO)

 

Today Michelle Malkin entered CPAC 2019 with GUNS BLAZING!

Michelle Malkin threw down the gauntlet with her speech titled “CPAC at the Bridge.”

 

Michelle Malkin called out CPAC organizers for giving a prime speaking slot to far left radical Van Jones to spew leftist.

The divide in this country is between decent people who stand up for America and dastardly people who want to bring America to its knees.

We certainly should make common cause with others across the aisle who shares our values, but we should not rush to embrace those whose fundamental aim is to smear and destroy us all. That’s suicidal. Which is why I cannot stand here and stay silent about the role Van Jones has played in attempting to silence the Right. My objection is not to his support for criminal justice reform. I have dedicated much of my own time, energy, and money to fighting wrongful convictions, false allegations, and prosecutorial and forensic misconduct. Next time you need a conservative to talk about criminal justice reform, call me. You don’t need someone who’s going to spew fake news pro illegal alien propaganda to talk CJR to conservatives.

 

Fact check: The most recent research by the Federation for American Immigration Reform found that illegal aliens are up to 5.5 times more likely than Americans to be incarcerated in state prisons compared to Americans and legal residents.

But my most vehement objection is to this stage being used to lend legitimacy to the George Soros-funded organization Color of Change, which dedicated to censoring and sabotaging right-leaning groups for championing the free market, opposing radical Islam, and exposing open borders.

Seven years ago, Van Jones’ group pressured Pepsi, McDonald’s, Intuit and other companies to cut ties to the mainstream American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC), a half-century-old association of state legislators who believe in “the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty.” What was ALEC’s crime? Crafting model legislation on voter ID to protect election integrity, immigration enforcement measures and self-defense legislation to strengthen Second Amendment rights.

Color of Change and the smear machine racket known as the Southern Poverty Law Center use the same playbook to marginalize and criminalize mainstream conservatives, anti-jihad groups, and immigration hawks as “hate groups” and push us out of the public square. They conspire with payment processors and Silicon Valley to deprive the Right of our voices and our ability to make a living. So many speaking up and fighting on the front lines for liberty and security are being detwittered depaypaled defacebooked deplatformed – people like Laura Loomer and Gavin McInnes and the Center for Immigration Studies and Robert Spencer and so many others. Many are in this room. Stand up if you are one of them. Many have been forced to beg for money to help them fight in court to restore their reputations. Many have been barred from this room.

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