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Cannabis Credit Union – Fall 2018


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One of the trickiest aspects about the cannabis business is the finances.  Even with cannabis legalization successfully sweeping the nation, there are still businesses struggling to work out financial negations.  This is because many of these establishments are FEDERAL banks, meaning they work with the regulations and standards laid out by the federal government.  With these strict standards intact, these banks can provide very little help with cannabis businesses.

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Massachusetts is one of the legal states that is still having trouble solving this financial problem.  There are businesses that are able to take sales through debit or credit card; even still, other businesses operate on a cash-only business.  But that’s all about to change this fall.

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GFA Federal Credit Union will become the first financial institution in Massachusetts to offer banking services to recreational cannabis companies.  This step will not only allow consumers to pay for their purchases with their plastic cards, but it will also help cannabis businesses avoid the expensive and risky procedure of a cash-only operations.  This credit union will start serving clients on October 1st.  They will be offering basic services such as checking accounts, cash managements, wire transfers, payroll, and bill payments.

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After a year of research and preparations, GFA Federal Credit Union is ready to wade into the recreational cannabis industry.  GFA holds just over $500 million assets, making it smaller than national giants such as Bank of America Corp. or State Street Corp.  Even still, its simpler portfolio and status as a federal credit union should make it much easier for GFA to conduct business with cannabis companies without dealing with any federal scrutiny or endangering their investments and clientele.

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This bold move strikes as a huge benefit for both the cannabis industry and its audiences.  Cannabis businesses will be able to conduct better banking work to make their businesses more profitable.  Customers will be able to use their debit or credit cards to purchase their cannabis; even better, businesses could offer them gift cards with prepaid credit inside.  Offering payment via debit/credit cards will help cater financial needs for all audiences alike.  Dispensaries won’t have to install a small ATM machine within the building, being that they will have more economic freedom for their business.

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And that’s the big takeaway with this PR miracle – economic freedom.  Businesses can become more creative in solving their economic problems with these banking tools at their disposals.  Whether they want to conduct more purchases with plastic cards or create a better payroll plan, cannabis businesses will be provided with more tools ever to do that and more.

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We still have many kinks to work out with this recreational market in Massachusetts, but GFA took a major step in the right direction.  Getting the banks towards the 4/20 side will only propel this industry further here in America.

And with that, it is now time for banks to take part in this great green rush happening in this nation.

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The Joe Rogan/Elon Musk Blunt Experience


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After hosting Fear Factor until 2006, Joe Rogan went on to start his own podcast series The Joe Rogan Experience on December 24th, 2009.  Joe Rogan had various famous guests appearing on his show.  From Bryan Callen to Jordan Peterson, many people appeared on his podcast series.  As of now, Joe Rogan had over 1,100+ shows since his debut.

One of his most recent guests to come onto the show was Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc.  Rogan and Elon Musk came together on Thursday night for what would be one memorable and bizarre event.

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During the episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Elon Musk shares a blunt with Joe Rogan.  Once he got a few puffs of the blunt, Musk sips on some whiskey.  After the event unfolded into the public eye, shares of Tesla Inc. dropped by five percent the next day.  Ironically enough, the company’s Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton resigned after a month on the job.

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Tesla has been under lot of pressure to turn a sustained net profit, being that they burned through over $739 million in the second quarter.  It doesn’t help that the company lost five percent of sales overnight.  This kind of buzz is happening at an awkward time.

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At this point, it is too early to tell if this stunt will hinder Elon Musk’s business even further.  This PR buzz unfolded less than a week ago and nothing major has happened after that.  All we can do is watch story carry out even more.

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On a brighter note, it was intriguing to see Elon Musk casually consuming cannabis with Joe Rogan.  Musk isn’t really a big cannabis user, but he was still a great sport when he was on The Joe Rogan Experience.  Who knew that we would live in a time where the former host of Fear Factor would share a blunt with Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

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In the end, Elon Musk appeared for what would be one wild and bold episode of The Joe Rogan Experience.  This event will certainly do wonders for Joe Rogan’s podcast.  It is too early to call this a true PR nightmare, so we will have to wait for any other twists in this story.

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For now, lets sit back and appreciate that Joe Rogan shared a blunt with Tesla CEO Elon Musk on The Joe Rogan Experience.

The Final Straw for Plastic Straws


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Happy Monday, fellow readers!  Lately I have been hearing a lot about plastic straws being banned and whatnot.  Various states (California and New York City for example) have been taking serious measures to eradicate plastic straws from businesses alike.  The main reasoning deals with the environmental impact plastic straws have in our natural world.

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Hundreds of millions of plastic straws are used every day.  Each one gets tossed into the trash, polluting the ecosystem in the process.  To think that one of the most popular accessories for beverages causes serious pollution within our earth.

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With that in mind, its time we start alternating the straw to become a better product.  The answer could be, say, make the straw become REUSABLE to use for longer periods of time!

Well folks – I can tell you in this 21st century period…that type of technology certainly exists.  I give you… FinalStraw.

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FinalStraw is the world’s first reusable and collapsible straw.  This nifty straw comes compact inside a small case that fits on your key chain.  Just pull the straw out and place it right into your favorite beverage.  Whether your sipping on a cold soda on a hot day or binging on your favorite craft beer, FinalStraw is the reusable straw to use.  You can order your FinalStraw on November 2018.

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Not only is FinalStraw great for the environment, but it also puts you at a social-cultural advantage as well.  Cities like Seattle and San Francisco have banned or are planning to ban plastic straw use.  With that in mind, many restaurants are even taking out straws (and some even charging customers for them as well!)  FinalStraw will be the trending reusable straw being spread nationwide.  Eventually that buzz will hit right into Boston in the future.

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There is an environmental movement happening in this country and one solution we have is FinalStraw.  FinalStraw is the key to cutting through this monstrous pollution problem we have on earth.  Straws have been used for thousands of years and its time we modified our beloved beverage accessory to help our planet even more.  There is no need to completely eradicate straws – the real solution lies in rejuvenating the straw become more beneficial to society.

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Our politics change every day, so our traditional products need a little fine tuning here and there.  FinalStraw provides a fine tuning to the original plastic straw we’ve all learned to love.

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Be sure to order your FinalStraw this fall.  This will be the FINAL STRAW for plastic straws here on earth.

PUBG VS. Fortnite


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            PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (A.K.A. PUBG) has become one of the most popular games since releasing last March.  I played the game while vacationing with family in Atlanta a few months back.  It’s a great online battle royale game where you drop from a plane onto an island; from there, you scavenge for weapons that would help eliminate the other players.  Each round consists of 100 people onto one island that quickly becomes smaller as more players are eliminated.  The goal is to become the last player standing by the end of the match.

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Even after dying multiple times, I still enjoyed playing through each round.  Its full of action and prompts you to pay attention to where your enemies are.  One false move and you could be sniped instantly.  Every player is for themselves in this heated battle royale match.

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Besides PUBG, another game I check out was Fortnite Battle Royale.  Oddly enough, Fortnite Battle Royale seemed a little too similar to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.  In fact, Fortnite Battle Royale is known to be too familiar to the point that it is currently being sued.

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PUBG Corporation is suing Epic Games (company behind Fortnite) over copyright infringement.  The studio asked a court in South Korea whether or not Epic Games copied its intellectual property.

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Both PUBG and Fortnite have become wildly popular since they released.  PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds won multiple awards including Best Multiplayer Game (35th Golden Joystick Awards), Action Game of the Year (D.I.C.E. Awards 2017), and even eSports game of the year (2018 SXSW Gaming Awards).  Ever since Epic Games created Fortnite Battle Royale, the game was bought more times than PUBG.

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It’s no secret that PUBG and Fortnite have been in competition since last year.  The two games are so familiar to the point that PUBG Corporation is looking to sue for copyright infrigement.  Two popular battle royale games have become tangled into one PR nightmare.  Their audience won’t be turned off by the nightmare, being they have been discussing this inside joke around the internet for quite some time now.  Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see where the wind blows with this story.

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While this PR nightmare may not cause as much damage for the games themselves, it will be intriguing to see what happens for both companies.  Who knows, this lawsuit could hurt both parties in the long run.  Ironically enough, it is as if PUBG Corporation and Epic Games have placed themselves in their own battle royale match.

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Whatever the case may be, only one company will survive this video game PR nightmare.  Even with the nightmare happening, PUBG and Fortnite will continue to soar in popularity.

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So who will survive this battle royale match – PUBG Corporation or Epic Games?  Only one company will make it out of this PR nightmare alive.