Michigan Began Selling Legal Recreational Cannabis On Sunday

More than a year after voters in Michigan approved a measure legalizing pot, thousands of people from across the Great Lakes region lined up at stores throughout the state to make an historic purchase.

“I wanted to be a part of history,” said Kelly Savage, a 25-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, as quoted by the The Detroit News. “It was worth it, even if it was just a half an ounce, it was worth it.”

The outlet reported that Savage forked over $480 in cash for an ounce of Platinum OG, “a flower with a high content of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.”

Savage told The Detroit News that he has Type 1 diabetes, and that marijuana can be more effective in treatment than insulin.

Gregg Etzel, a 67-year-old from Ann Arbor, Michigan, showed up to buy nearly $300 worth of marijuana flower and wax.

“It got me off opioids. The withdrawal was awful. The doctors did that to me. With marijuana, there is no withdrawal,” Etzel told The Detroit News.

A New Law Goes Into Effect

Michigan voters passed Proposition 1, which legalized recreational marijuana for adults, by a 12-point margin in last year’s election. From there, it was down to state lawmakers to

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Japanese Company Giving Non-Smokers Extra Days Off In Lieu Of Cigarette Breaks

At long last, a company is making things equitable for its employees who aren’t hooked on cigarettes. 

The Tokyo-based marketing firm Piala Inc. has decided to award its non-smoking employees with an additional six days off every year in an effort to counterbalance the amount of time spent on cigarette breaks by employees who do smoke. 

“I hope to encourage employees to quit smoking through incentives rather than penalties or coercion,” said Takao Asuka, the Piala Inc CEO, as quoted by news station WCMH.

The divide between smokers and non-smokers has long been a source of tension in the workplace, with the latter group often feeling resentful for all the breaks taken by the former group to satisfy their addiction. A study last year that was commissioned by e-cigarette maker Halo found that 42 percent of non-smokers believe they should receive between three and five more vacation days than non-smokers. The same study, which was based on a survey of a little more than 1,000 American adults, found that nearly 40 percent of smokers did not think their non-smoking counterparts deserve any extra vacation days. Eighty-one percent of smokers said they think smoking breaks are fair, according to the survey;

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Christmas Without Legal Edible Cannabis Stocking Stuffers Minor Buzz Kill: Industry

Playing the role of sativa Santa this year would have been a merry prospect, said Calgary candy-maker Brad Churchill.

But federal regulator Health Canada’s meticulously measured approach in approving production of licensed cannabis snacks and other derivatives has put those edible elves on hold.

“It’s disappointing in the standpoint of not having it in the stores for the holiday season,” said Churchill, owner of Choklat.

“(Federal approvals are) taking longer than it really should but at the end of the day, the wheels of progress are grinding.”

– Read the entire article at Calgary Herald.

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‘Incredibly Low’: Only 118 Pardons Granted for Pot Possession in First 4 Months

Liberal government brought in program to dispel stigma for Canadians with cannabis records.

Four months after the Liberal government passed legislation to provide free, fast pot pardons, just 118 people have had their records cleared — a figure one observer calls “incredibly low.”

Statistics provided by Public Safety Canada show there have been 234 applications for record suspensions to date.

The government has estimated that about 10,000 people are eligible for the expedited pardons.

– Read the entire article at News.

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