Is Pot Losing Its Buzz in Colorado?

first_imgFortune.com 1 July 2016Family First Comment: Interesting…“Now, as citizen groups attempt to put the brakes on the growing industry, a heated debate has emerged about the drug’s societal impact. Doctors report a spike in pot-related emergency room visits—mostly due to people accidentally consuming too much of potent edible pot products. Police face new cartel-related drug operations. Parents worry about marijuana being sold near their homes and schools. And less affluent communities like Pueblo struggle with the unintended consequences of becoming home to this emerging and controversial industry.”For months, Paula McPheeters and a handful of like-minded volunteers have spent their weekends in grocery-store parking lots, even in 95° F heat. Sitting around a folding table draped with an American flag, they asked passing shoppers to sign a petition. Inevitably a few sign-wielding young protesters would show up to argue that McPheeters’s group was dead wrong. With the two sides often just yards away from each other, shouting matches erupted. “We’re peaceful people,” one woman yelled. “You’re drugged out,” countered an angry man. Threats and phone calls to police became the norm.The wedge dividing the people of this small blue-collar city of Pueblo, Colo.? Legal marijuana.Colorado gave the green light to recreational marijuana back in 2012, when it passed a law to make nonmedical pot sales legal starting Jan. 1, 2014. But now opposition is rising in communities across the state. Colorado has become a great social experiment, the results of which are still not clear. “The jury is still out as to whether this was a good idea,” says Colorado attorney general Cynthia Coffman.What’s undeniable is this: Legal marijuana is in high demand in Colorado. Only three other states—Alaska, Washington, and Oregon—plus the District of Columbia currently permit recreational adult use of cannabis. (It’s legal for medical use in ­another 19 states.) Of that group, Colorado led the way in 2015 with $996.5 million in licensed pot sales—a 41.7% jump over 2014 and nearly three times the figure in Washington State. Recreational sales made up nearly two-thirds of the total. Now, as citizen groups attempt to put the brakes on the growing industry, a heated debate has emerged about the drug’s societal impact. Doctors report a spike in pot-related emergency room visits—mostly due to people accidentally consuming too much of potent edible pot products. Police face new cartel-related drug operations. Parents worry about marijuana being sold near their homes and schools. And less affluent communities like Pueblo struggle with the unintended consequences of becoming home to this emerging and controversial industry.“I’m getting calls now from people who voted for legalization thinking it wouldn’t affect them,” says Kevin Sabet, co-founder of national antimarijuana legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana. “They’re surprised to see these are sophisticated businesses opening up next to their schools selling things like marijuana gummy bears. And they’re angry.”READ MORE: http://fortune.com/pot-marijuana-colorado/last_img read more

Mason City CSD Superintendent hopes to have voluntary educational enrichment plan finalized tomorrow

first_imgMASON CITY — The superintendent of the Mason City Community School District says they hope to have plans finalized by tomorrow for a voluntary educational enrichment plan while the schools remain closed until at least the end of the month. Dave Versteeg says they are working on how to ensure the proper learning options for all students that will meet the guidelines set up by the Iowa Department of Education.  “Our school board will review options for continuing learning during the closure and consider which is the most appropriate path forward for our students, families, and staff. We want to ensure that we will have the ability to provide high-level teacher and learning experiences in a virtual environment and that all students have equitable access to devices and the internet. It is our hope to announce a specific plan by April 10th.” Versteeg says he knows people have a lot of questions about the education of students moving forward throughout the rest of the school year. “Rest assured that as soon as we have more specific information about how we will move forward with learning, we will share it with you. I’m committed to ensuring that every student in the Mason City Community School District receives the education that they deserve.”Versteeg encourages parents to take this time for your family to connect.  “Make sure you and your child’s mental health are taken care of in this difficult time. This closure is not easy for anyone.” Versteeg says the district’s maintenance team has been cleaning and sanitizing each building, and they have also started on building improvement projects that typically would take place in the summer. === Newman Catholic Schools announced on Wednesday they will be moving into their second phase of online learning starting on Monday. A statement from the school says online learning will take an asynchronous approach with lessons posted at the start of the week, with students having the opportunity to complete coursework on their own time while still having a weekly online class schedule and available online faculty office hours.last_img read more

Quiz Results: The Nature Lover

first_img SharePrint RelatedHike or seek this seasonSeptember 17, 2019In “News”Geocaching in Harmony with Nature (Part 2)November 23, 2013In “Community”New tools for your next trip into the great outdoors!January 17, 2017In “News” You are…The Nature Lover!You were voted “most likely to see Bigfoot” in your high school yearbook. You live for the days you can get out on the trail and leave civilization behind. Trail mix and energy bars are your go-to snacks.  You are happier spending all day hiking for just one (preferably T5) geocache than you would be finding 100.You’ll love this geocache: Apollos Pool with the Million Dollar View (GC13VNK)Your ultimate geocaching tools:Heading out for a day of hiking? Be prepared! Create a Pocket Query to find all the geocaches on the trail in advance. You can then download up to 1000 geocaches to your GPS, or they will automatically appear in the Geocaching App when they are ready for download.Using the Geocaching App? Make sure to save your geocaches in advance so that you can access them when you are out of cell range. To do so, create an Offline List in the Geocaching App for Android or iPhone.Quick Tips for the Great Outdoors:The woods are great, but making it home is nice too. Check out these 7 Safety Tips to Keep You Healthy, Happy, and Cool as a Cucumber out on the Geocaching Trail.Hide and find geocaches in a way that makes Mother Nature proud with this environmentally-friendly advice.Do you have additional tips and tricks for your fellow Nature Lovers? Tell us about them in the comments below. Don’t think this geocacher type fits you? Try taking the quiz again!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Officers and a godwoman: Radhe Maa lands Delhi Police in trouble

first_imgRadhe Maa with SHO Sanjay Sharma at Vivek Vihar police station in east Delhi.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement In a major embarrassment to the Delhi police, visuals showing controversial self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa sitting on a Station House Officer’s chair at a police station and swaying with policemen at a Ram Lila function in different parts of Shahdara district have surfaced on social media.Both the instances allegedly happened in a span of a few hours on the intervening nights of September 28 and 29.Two suspendedSo far two police officers, including the Station House Officer who allegedly offered his designated seat to Radhe Maa to sit, have been suspended while four others have been sent to district lines even as top police officers themselves conceded that this kind of conduct was “unacceptable” and “unprofessional”.  The police station concerned is Vivek Vihar where she went first around 12.30 a.m. and the image that has surfaced shows the in-charge Sanjay Sharma and two other policemen standing next to the chair occupied by the godwoman.Not just this, it is also seen that Mr. Sharma has his hands folded and is also wearing a red-coloured chunni, which her disciples are known to wear.In his defence, the officer said that she wanted to use the toilet of the police station as she had come to attend a Ram Lila function but could not explain the gesture of folding hands.last_img read more

TSR commandant held in Tripura scribe’s murder case

first_imgPolice on Wednesday arrested commandant of the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) Tapan Debbarma, in connection with the killing of senior journalist Sudip Datta Bhowmik at the 2nd battalion headquarters near here on Tuesday. His personal bodyguard Nandalal was earlier arrested for shooting down the journalist allegedly on the instructions of the commandant.Both the accused booked under IPC Sections 302, 109 and 27 of the Arms Act were sent to police remand for a period of 10 days when they were produced before the west Tripura Chief Judicial Magistrate. They have been kept at a city police station for interrogation by the CID, which has been entrusted with the investigation.Initial interrogation of accused rifleman Nandalal revealed that the killing of Mr. Bhowmik occurred inside the office chamber of Mr. Tapan. “He told us that despite his reluctance the commandant forced him to open fire,” a police officer told The Hindu on condition of anonymity.“After firing a single shot from his AK 47 automatic weapon, Nandalal became nervous and hurriedly left the room leaving the journalist in a pool of blood. The commandant let the critically wounded journalist die without medical attention.”The senior crime reporter had written 11 articles in daily Syandan Patrika against massive financial irregularities in the 2nd battalion of TSR.last_img read more

Xolo Q600s smartphone launched at Rs 7,499

first_imgDomestic phone maker Xolo has launched a new smartphone, the Q600s. The device is listed on its official website for Rs 7,499. It will also be available on Snapdeal.The Xolo Q600s comes with a 4.5-inch IPS display.  The Android Kit Kat powered handset has 1GB RAM and 4GB internal memory, which can be expanded up to 64 GB via microSD card. It packs a 2000 mAh battery with total music playback time of up to 35.5 hours. It comes with a  1.2 GHz Broadcom Quad Core Processor having VideoCore IV GPU.As per the claim, “Q600s has a combination of GPS & GLONASS which improves navigation even in areas where GPS satellites are not able to accurately provide your location, getting you to your destination every time.”It sports a -5MP rear camera and a VGA front camera with operator video calling facility.The Q600s is one of the slimmest smartphones available with a z-height (thickness) of just 7.9mm.last_img read more

Home pitches hide Virat Kohli’s weaknesses, says James Anderson

first_imgEngland fast bowler James Anderson took a dig at Virat Kohli, saying that the Indian captain’s technical flaws are not visible because of the helpful Indian tracks which lack pace and movement.Anderson dismissed Kohli four times during India’s Test series in England in 2014 but the batsman has already scored 640 runs in the ongoing  five-Test series at an average of 128. Kohli has been in prolific form in 2016, scoring heavily in all formats of the game. (The world will be at Virat Kohli’s feet in a few years’ time: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)However, England’s most prolific wicket-taker felt Kohli, who has scored three double hundreds in 2016, was not tested enough in home conditions.”I am not sure if Virat Kohli has changed. I just think any technical deficiencies he has got are not in play out here. The wickets just take that out of the equation. There is not that pace in the wicket to get the nicks, like we did against him in England – with a bit more movement,” said England’s highest ever wicket-taker in Test matches. (Virat Kohli joins Bradman, Ponting in elite list after third double hundred in 2016)”When that (pace and movement) is not there, Kohli is very much suited to playing in these conditions. He is a very good player of spin – and if you are not bang on the money and don’t take your chances, he will punish you,” he added.ENGLAND FAILED TO EXECUTE The veteran pacer admitted that they could not execute their plans against Jayant Yadav despite being aware that he is a very capable batsman.advertisement”We plan for every batsman – from 1 to 11. We have played three Tests now against Yadav, so it is no surprise – we knew he can bat very competently. We had plans for him. Sometimes they don’t come off; sometimes you don’t execute your plans well enough, as was the case today. I thought he played exceptionally well,” he said. (Kohli made batting a lot easier, says Jayant Yadav)Anderson said England will notlook to play for a draw on the final day but would rather try to score quickly to set the hosts a targetand keep alive the series.England, down 2-0 in the series, trail India by 49 runs with four second-innings wickets remaining at the close of the fourthday.On a turning Wankhede Stadium pitch, batting fourth will not be easy for the hosts, who made 631 in their first innings. (Virat Kohli gives Wankhede, that Tendulkar experience)England lost three wickets cheaply in their second innings before Joe Root andJonny Bairstow launched a counter-attack with brisk fifties to bringdown the deficit.”We are going to come here tomorrow and try to fight our way back into this game if we can. We are 50 runs behind. If we can bat with the positive intent we showed today, there’s no reason why we can’t get a hundred ahead of them and then try to put some pressure on them with the ball,” Anderson said.last_img read more