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Cannabis + LGBTQ Pride at The Stud


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Pride week may be over in Boston, but many other cities are still celebrating or getting their celebrations started as well.  Popular cities like San Francisco don’t have their parade starting until near the end of June.  Being that San Francisco is the heart of many progressive sub-communities, LGBTQ residents get a lot more creative in their pride celebrations.  Celebratory events are about to get a lot more unique now that the recreational cannabis industry is booming around California.

When pride events and recreational cannabis mix together, you create something truly fantastic.  And ironically enough, that is just what is happening here in San Francisco nightclub The Stud.

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June 14th is PUFF – A queer cannabis appreciation/drag pride party.  The event celebrates cannabis consumers within the LGBTQ community.  It’s a combination of a pride event all while celebrating legalized cannabis in San Francisco.

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DJ Sergio Fedasz spins your favorite 420-themed tunes as everyone meets and greets before the show.  After that, DJ Dank hosts a drag show featuring some of the best performers in the city.  There is also a stoner raffle that takes place throughout the event as well.  This event is held every 2nd Thursday from 7-10 PM.  While this event celebrates all things queer and cannabis, there is no cannabis consumption and distribution in or around Stud.

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The Stud has been open since 1966 and remains as the heart of San Francisco’s LGBTQ culture.  It was formerly located at the western end of Folsom Street, but eventually moved to the corner of Harrison and Ninth street in 1987.  Some famous icons that have entered the doors include Bjork, RuPaul, Charo, Etta James, and even Lady Gaga.  Fifty years later and the Stud continues to be an iconic bar for pride events.

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Ok folks, I have heard of pride events all around Boston and this right here takes pride to a WHOLE other level.  Think about it – the LGBTQ audiences come together to the Stud to celebrate recreational cannabis use in San Francisco.  You basically have this incredible combination of sub-communities forming together under one legendary bar in one of the most iconic cities of all time.  To date, this is the only cannabis-themed LGBTQ appreciation event anywhere in America (better, yet anywhere in the WORLD!).

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San Francisco continues to push the envelope with their bold pride celebrations every year.  Its things like the Folsom Street Fair and Amsterdam-style cannabis lounges that flourishes the city’s reputation even higher.  Surprisingly enough, it still remains as the top LGBTQ friendly city here in America.

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What we are left is two PR miracles meshed together into one amazing sandwich.  The cannabis industry is in full swing in California and is even helping businesses as well as other industries.  San Francisco was a historic town for both the LGBTQ and cannabis community, so it only makes sense to mix them together in one special occasion.  This is definitely one sandwich that will be easy to swallow for years to come.

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This is the time to celebrate not just LGBTQ pride, but also cannabis pride as well.  Whether you are a trans female who enjoys smoking joints or a gay masculine man who is an avid dabber, every audience of the LGBTQ community should enjoy some cannabis.  Cannabis touches all colors of the psychedelic rainbow.

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Evil Genius — An Evil PR Nightmare


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True crime series have been all the rage on Netflix lately.  First it was Making A Murderer that premiered back in December 18th, 2015 and then there was the wild PR nightmare of Wild Wild Country in March this year (you can read more about that documentary here).  There are a handful of crime series that audiences can’t get enough of.

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The Duplass Brothers were responsible for creating Wild Wild Country back in March.  Their latest docuseries features a story about a pizza delivery man who walked into a bank with a bomb strapped around his neck… and the event just gets WEIRDER from here.  I’m talking about Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist.

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            Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist was released on May 11th, 2018.  This true crime series was directed by Trey Borzillieri and Barbara Schroeder.  It tells the baffling, yet true story about the death of a pizza man who robbed a bank with a bomb around his neck.

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So here’s the full story – At around 2:20 PM on August 28th, 2003, pizza deliveryman Brian Wells walked into a PNC Bank in Erie, Pennsylvania.  He handed a note to the teller demanding $250,000 in cash.  Wells had a bomb strapped to his body through a metal neck collar and carried a loaded shotgun that resembled a walking cane.  Twelve minutes later, he walked out with $8720 in cash; Wells went into the McDonald’s next door, where he retrieved a detailed note about where he would go and what to do next.

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Fifteen minutes later, Brian Wells was arrested.  Less than an hour after he entered the bank, the bomb detonated on him.  He was killed in broad daylight as police was waiting for the bomb squad.

And the crazy part?  That’s not even the most bizarre part of the whole story.

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Investigators dug more into Well’s death, only to find a series of handwritten notes.  These notes directed Wells on some deadly scavenger hunt around Erie.  The notes were very detailed, providing vivid description about what Brian had to do and where he had to go.

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Shortly after Well’s death, authorities received a call about a frozen body tucked underneath a freezer.  A man named Bill Rothstein called 911, claiming that the dead body in the freezer was James Roden.  What’s interesting is that Rothstein’s house happened to be down the road where Wells made the delivery.  The trail of evidence eventually leads to a woman named Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong – and that’s when Trey Borzillieri really got interested in the case.

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Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong was an interesting woman – smart, good-looking, charismatic; she was very smart in school, receiving multiple degrees in college.  In fact, Marjorie smart enough to create these sophisticated lies that manipulated everyone in her life.  As smart as she was, Marjorie was mentally ill through out her life.  She was diagnosed with being bipolar, manic depressive, and other illnesses.

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Even with her illnesses, Marjorie lived to be a rich woman during her life.  Her parents made good money and had enough to help out their children.  Since Marjorie did not have any financial problems, it was confusing as to why she would be even linked to the heist.

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But as the story unfolds, more bizarre twists are found throughout each episode.  On the one hand, Marjorie Diehl-Armstrong and Bill Rothstein were linked to the murder of Brian Wells; on the other hand, no one could figure out who was the mastermind behind the whole plan or why they wanted to execute it in the first place.  Marjorie and Bill were smart enough to manipulate the authorities to confuse them even more.  The whole thing became a ‘he said-she said’ scenario where not only was each side of the story was different, but it also presented another clue within the case.

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There are still some missing holes in the story.  Who was the original mastermind behind the robbery?  Did Brian play a part in this event or was he simply a victim of the group?  What was their original motives for carrying this out?

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Even still, Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist is a shocking true crime story worth watching.  You will be left with more questions than answers, even after watching the last episode.  This is a baffling PR nightmare that is well worth reading about.

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If you enjoyed learning about the wild PR nightmare featured on Wild Wild Country, then I highly suggest you watch Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist.

Last Man Standing Gets the Last Laugh


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It has been more than a year since Last Man Standing was cancelled on ABC.  Last Man Standing was a sitcom series starring Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, the senior executive and director of marketing for a sporting goods store in Denver, Colorado.  Mike Baxter is a father of three daughters and a grandson.  His world is mostly filled with his daughters, his wife, and the young men who play a part of the family as well.  Baxter’s conservative political views come into play during many episodes and he even hosts his own vlog where he showcases his daily rants about the world.

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The show first aired on ABC on October, 11th 2011 and spanned for six total seasons before being cancelled.  There was word going around that Last Man Standing was cancelled because of Hollywood liberals who disagreed with Tim Allen’s conservative views on politics.  Whatever the case may be, many fans were angered by this sudden move.  ABC may not want the series anymore, now the show is being revived once again… but on another network.

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Last Man Standing will be revived for FOX this year.  The seventh season will premiere in the Fall on Fridays at 8 PM.  This news came shortly after FOX decided to cancel Brooklyn Nine-Nine, only for it to be picked up by NBC for a sixth season.  FOX may have lost a series, but they gained Last Man Standing in the process.

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Its a PR miracle of another TV series being revived, but the answer to that miracle lies within RoseanneRoseanne gained instant popularity as soon as it was revived back in March.  Tens of millions of viewers tuned into ABC to see Roseanne return to television.  This rejuvenated sitcom series was just as good as its earlier counterpart, roping in both old and new fans into the show.  Even with Roseanne’s conservative politics in play, the show still gained positive reviews from its audiences nationwide.

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With Roseanne back on the air, it only made sense for FOX to pick up Last Man Standing for its Fall 2018 lineup.  Last Man Standing was a great sitcom series that favored well, so there wasn’t any fear that the audiences wouldn’t enjoy it.  The audiences always enjoyed Last Man Standing and weren’t afraid to express their disappointment when it was cancelled.

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Now that Last Man Standing is returning this fall, who knows what other popular series will come back next year.  Maybe the will return to their original network or they could be picked up by a streaming service like Netflix.  Whatever the case may be, series like Last Man Standing and Roseanne won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

4/29 Sunday Funday Quote


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The clergy successfully preached the doctrines of patience and pusillanimity; the active virtues of society were discouraged; and the last remains of a military spirit were buried in the cloister: a large portion of public and private wealth was consecrated to the specious demands of charity and devotion; and the soldiers’ pay was lavished on the useless multitudes of both sexes who could only plead the merits of abstinence and chastity.

~ Edward Gibbons, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Cannabition – Opening July 1st


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While cannabis businesses got the green light to operate in Boston, many more business ideas are being introduced out in the west coast.  More and more unique services are being offered for the 4/20 friendly audiences.  Yoga studios, dinner parties, and even VR experiences are just some of many activities being associated with cannabis.  There is always someone sprucing up some intriguing idea about how to further spread this industry.

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With all of this growth happening in such a short amount of time, it’s always important to remember how this all got started.  So much work was involved to get things up and running that we need to treasure it for everyone to see.  Its always important to remember our history in order to not make the same mistakes in the future.  That’s why Las Vegas plans to open up a museum dedicated to all things cannabis this summer.

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Cannabition will open up in Neonopolis on July 1st.  The museum will feature a 360-degree theater showcasing visuals that will appeal to cannabis fans.  One of the major attractions at the museum is the world’s largest glass-blown bong that stands over 22 feet high.  Ironically enough, the museum opens during a year after recreational sales were made legal in Las Vegas.

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Guests of the Cannabition will not be able to consume cannabis and they must be 21 or older to enter.  No THC products will be made available, but there will be CBD products instead.  Tickets start at $4.20 and will go on sale starting on April 20th.

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Las Vegas is on the cutting edge of the cannabis industry and Cannabition will definitely further their brand as a city.  Millions of tourists enter Las Vegas every year and many of them will be checking out Cannabition when it opens this summer.  Since legalizing recreational sales last year, the cannabis industry has been taking the city by storm.  Legal cannabis presented a whole new wave of audiences for the city.

This was definitely a great event to hear about.  I enjoy going into museums once in a while and I would certainly check out Cannabition when it opens this summer.  It is definitely another great attraction for Las Vegas.

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States like Nevada are definitely doing it right when it comes to expanding the cannabis industry.  Things like Pot Yoga or cannabis-themed museums will definitely capture more audience’s interest.  These are just some of many intriguing entertaining attractions that will be sprucing up around the legal states.

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We always learn about what our future looks like through our history.  People will see the world’s biggest bong in the museum and realize how far we have come in this battle.  It will be exciting to introduce this colorful history for the world to see.

With the world’s biggest bong being part of a museum attraction, you know that times have definitely changed since cannabis prohibition.