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Police investigate glassing in Melbourne’s CBD – Mirage News

Melbourne East police are hoping to identify a man following an assault at a licensed premises in Melbourne’s CBD last month.

Police have been told two men were involved in an altercation on the dance floor of a licensed premises on Lonsdale Street about 6.15am on Saturday 10 September.

It is believed the pair were arguing in Spanish when one of the men hit the victim to the face with an empty beer bottle.

The offender then left the scene with two women via a lane way and were last seen walking towards Lonsdale Street.

The victim, a 31-year-old Southbank man received minor cuts and abrasions to his face and ear.

The offender is perceived to be South American, aged in his 30s with brown hair and a thin build.

Investigators have released images and CCTV of a man they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that can assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Vermont marijuana for sale: Retail adult-use cannabis begins – Burlington Free Press

Bryan Menard didn’t wait for the sun to tell him when to get up Saturday. By 6:30 a.m. the Burlington resident was at the head of a line outside the Ceres Collaborative store on College Street, preparing to be the shop’s first customer on the first day of retail adult-use cannabis sales in Vermont.

“Things are changing and things are good. It’s about time,” Menard said about 15 minutes before the store let the first half-dozen patrons stroll inside — Menard included — just after 10 a.m. Saturday. “It’s nice to go to your local market and not go to a back alley.”

Vermont has a tradition of tolerance toward marijuana use, and many weed consumers already have their local dealer or grow their own pot plants, especially since the state allowed limited growing and possession of marijuana in 2018. But consumers were still ready to buy retail weed for the first time, as indicated by a line of a couple hundred people stretching from the storefront around the corner and down an alley toward The Daily Planet restaurant on Center Street.

Brandon Coburn of St. Albans stood in that line and came out of the store with a packet containing an eighth of an ounce of marijuana, “the same amount I got in trouble for when I was 18,” he said. He’s not sure if he’ll go back to a retail shop for his next purchase — the $70 price tag was about double what Coburn said he’d pay normally — but Saturday’s purchase felt like vindication for his 18-year-old self.

“I had to do it once,” he said of his legal retail excursion.

Historic day in Vermont

The line at Ceres — the only store in Chittenden County licensed by the state to sell adult-use cannabis and one of a handful licensed to date in Vermont — was long but quiet. Ceres staff walked the queue to let people know they’d need to show identification upon entering the store, but things were calm and orderly. There was no police presence, there were no traffic jams.

The day felt historically momentous and like no big deal all at the same time.

“This has just been a culmination for this whole state. To be ready and open for serving guests is just thrilling,” Russ Todia, chief operating officer for Ceres Collaborative, said as he stood in the store minutes before it opened.

What’s legal?Breaking down Vermont’s recreational cannabis law.

Ceres has been in business for about a decade catering to medical-marijuana customers, and that established infrastructure helped the company get going smoothly, according to Todia. Ceres grows its own cannabis, which makes sense given its name — Ceres was the goddess of agriculture in ancient Rome, and her likeness tops the golden dome at the Vermont state capitol building in Montpelier.

Todia stood by a wall mural inside Ceres Collaborative reading “Power to the Plant” as he talked about wanting cannabis to become a more accepted part of society.

“Cannabis should be as normalized as alcohol is,” he said. Todia expects Ceres customers will include locals, tourists and college students who are 21 or older, the legal age for adult-use cannabis. Some patrons, Todia expects, didn’t have a source for buying in what he called the pre-retail “legacy” market, and he also expects regular users who want to know the product they consume has been tested and is safe.

Store employees stood near glass cases displaying loose cannabis flower and edible products containing THC, the psychoactive component in cannabis. The employees, as well as labels next to the items in the display cases, explained details such as the variety of cannabis and the THC levels in each product.

Vermont weed, beer collide

Some people in line came from states that don’t allow retail adult-use cannabis sales. Erica Deuso, a South Burlington native now living in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and Marcus Lucas, who lives in Lexington, South Carolina but recently bought land in Randolph, stood next to each other near the rear of the line around 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

As a Vermont native, Deuso said she’s used to the idea of standing in line to get the latest major craft-beer release from one of the state’s world-renowned brewers. “I don’t even know if I’ll buy anything, but I’m just curious,” said Deuso, who was in Vermont visiting an uncle.

Lucas was more certain when asked if he would be buying anything at Ceres. “Oh, I am,” he said. He was in the market for pre-rolled joints and wanted to explore the different varieties of adult-use cannabis in the store.

More:Nearly 70 Vermont towns have opted in to allow retail cannabis. Here’s where.

Menard — the first in line Saturday morning — said he expected to buy about $100 of cannabis flower and maybe some edible products. He planned to enjoy his purchases while drinking Sip of Sunshine, an India pale ale brewed by Waitsfield-based Lawson’s Finest Liquids in a mash-up of entrenched and burgeoning pieces of Vermont’s adult-recreation industries.

Contact Brent Hallenbeck at bhallenbeck@freepressmedia.com. Follow Brent on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BrentHallenbeck.

LeBron’s Passion For Pickleball Pumps Up The Sports Community, This CBD Company Is Also Delighted – Benzinga

LeBron James made headlines this week when he and his longtime business partner Maverick Carter announced they’re buying a professional pickleball team, along with fellow NBA stars Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors.

LeBron’s acquisition of an official Major League Pickleball (MLP) team bodes well for the sport and the MLP, which will be expanding the number of teams from 12 to 16 for the 2023 season. The ownership group includes Carter and LeBron’s Ohio-based LRMR Ventures and New York’s SC Holdings.

„Having SC Holdings, LRMR Ventures, and their incredible group as owners and investors in Major League Pickleball is not just great for MLP, it’s a watershed moment for pickleball in general,” MLP founder Steve Kuhn said. 

The MLP Is Not The Only Group Ecstatic About LeBron’s Pickleball Passion

Day One Beverages founder and CEO Chris Clifford said his team is also delighted. In January 2022, Day One Beverages became the official CBD partner of USA Pickleball, the national governing body for the sport.

“We’re thrilled that LeBron James is embracing the pickleball community and helping fuel the rocket-like ascent the sport has seen,” Clifford told Benzinga. “Day One got involved with pickleball because we saw a community of passionate people that wanted to make fun, high-level athletic competition accessible to more people.”

As of early 2022, nearly five million Americans were heading off to the pickleball courts on a regular basis, according to USA Pickleball, which described the game as “the fastest-growing sport over the last two years,” with a nearly 40% growth rate over that span.

’Young And Scrappy’ For All Ages

Rapid growth notwithstanding, USA Pickleball CEO Stu Upson said the game remains “young and scrappy,” though it definitely spans the generations – from preteens to post-grandparents. And it is primarily members of the latter end of that demographic who feel the need to avail themselves of CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties.

“We recognized early on that pickleball players loved the recovery benefits of CBD topical products and felt that a CBD extra-strength topical would fulfill a major unmet need within this community,” Clifford said. “As a vertically integrated CBD brand, we decided to produce our topical with double the potency of leading competitors.”

In addition to Day One’s sparkling CBD water, the company expanded its product line to include an extra-strength, 2,000 mg CBD Recovery Creamto provide both pickleball athletes and consumers with effective post-workout recovery and relief.

CBD is a natural fit to help those people focus and recover, on and off the court. We’re excited to be among the brands and celebrities embracing pickleball and intend to continue our role as one of the most prominent brands in pickleball,” Clifford said.

The 2022 MLP season concludes Oct. 14-16 in Columbus, Ohio, with 48 players competing for a $319,000 purse.

Polestar to open CBD stores – GoAutoNews Premium

VOLVO sister car-brand Polestar will open its first CBD store in Melbourne this summer as it expands its national footprint and creates highly-visible touch points with its target potential customers.

The company, which today announced the launch early next year of the Polestar 3 – its second model for Australia – currently has five locations in Australia and nine service centres.

The Melbourne Polestar ‘spaces’ – with its location yet to be announced – will operate as an information and experience centre without traditional sales staff, much like earlier Tesla stores.

It will be followed by stores in other Australian CBDs, with the second expected in the following 18 months in Sydney.

Polestar Australia managing director Samantha Johnson told GoAutoNews Premium that the creation of the ‘spaces’ concept was to introduce the brand to a target market.

“‘Spaces’ stores show who we are as a brand,” she said.

The ‘spaces’ concept was ancillary to the current program of Polestar being available to view and test drive at brand outlets (mostly Volvo dealerships) which Ms Johnson said was “working very well.”

Polestar sales are exclusively online, with assistance and tests held by selected dealers. These dealers would be able to show the cars – currently the Polestar 2 (liftback sedan) but expanding to the 3 (large SUV) next year, the 4 (mid-size SUV) the year after and the 5 (coupe) later. The 6 is a performance coupe-convertible and has recently been confirmed for production.

The brand has sold 700 cars since it launched in Australia earlier this year. Ms Johnson said the sales could have doubled if supply was available, with much of the delay caused by the COVID-related shutdowns in Shanghai where the Australian-market cars are made.

Polestar also operates on a no-haggle, fixed price policy to create a level playing field between dealers and to ensure transparent customer relations.

Ms Johnson said the brand also maintained Australian services, including a local call centre.

“We want to give the best customer experience possible,” she said.

“We want a team (of people) that cares about the customer and about the product. We have not been impressed at all with the quality of overseas call centres so they had to be based here.”

Aside from sales and service, the F&I and leasing business – much of it white labelled from Allied Credit – is also Australian based.

Ms Johnson said about 30 per cent of Polestar 2 owners have leased their cars, with the majority being based in Sydney and Melbourne (30 per cent of total sales each).

By Neil Dowling

Live music at The CBD Club tonight! – sydenhamcurrent.ca

The Sydenham Current is an online newspaper serving the communities of Wallaceburg, Dresden, Walpole Island, Mitchell’s Bay, Chatham-Kent & St. Clair Township. The newspaper is owned by Glassroots Media.

Live music at The CBD Club tonight! – Sydenham Current

The Sydenham Current is an online newspaper serving the communities of Wallaceburg, Dresden, Walpole Island, Mitchell’s Bay, Chatham-Kent & St. Clair Township. The newspaper is owned by Glassroots Media.

Amsterdam considers banning ‘cannabis tourists’ from its coffee shops – The Guardian

Strumming gently at a guitar, outside the “nicest” coffee shop in Amsterdam, French tourists Terry Novel and Manon Fouquet enjoy a quiet joint in the sun.

They have no idea of the dark cloud around them and the cannabis sector in Amsterdam. The council has just spent a day debating whether to ban tourists from cafes such as Coffeeshop The Rookies – where the state currently turns a blind eye to foreigners smoking weed and taxes the profits.

“We just really love the city,” says Fouquet, 26. “We come for the museums and the people and the ambience, not just to smoke. But it’s nice that it’s legal and well done, there’s good-quality weed and a lot of respect from people.”

Not, though, from everyone. The mayor of Amsterdam, Femke Halsema, who has the last word on law and order, wants a temporary ban on non-residents in coffee shops – by enforcing a national residents-only rule, known as the i-criterium.

Even though there will be no majority for the ban when councillors vote on Wednesday, Halsema has not given up. In her view, and that of the local heads of police and prosecution bodies, banning tourists from coffee shops is unavoidable in order to reduce the size of the soft drug sector, tackle tourist nuisance and attack hard-drug criminality.

A recent study suggested that 100 of the capital’s 166 coffee shops in effect serve only the needs of tourists. Now that coronavirus travel measures have gone, the red light district is as rowdy as ever, and there is increasing pressure to tell people wanting a “moral holiday” to go elsewhere. At the end of a long council meeting on Thursday, Halsema was not deterred. “My good friends,” she said, “we will let the i-criterium simmer in your heads.”

The Easy Times coffee shop, Amsterdam, which currently sells marijuana legally for personal use.
The Easy Times coffee shop, Amsterdam, which currently sells marijuana legally for personal use. Photograph: Marek Slusarczyk/Alamy

In April, in a 13-page policy proposal, the mayor asked for the council’s support to temporarily enforce the residents-only law, largely because of concerns about the “criminal back door” of the coffee shops. Smoking and possessing weed for personal consumption are “tolerated”, but commercial growing is not – so coffee shops must buy from criminals. An influential 2019 report on the capital’s “dark side” suggested revisiting the residents-only rule to help tackle this “urban jungle”.

Some parties agree, including the centre-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), which proposed a ban two years ago. “It’s one of the few ‘knobs’ that we can turn on a local level to curb the major nuisance in the city centre and adjust our drink-drug image,” local party leader Claire Martens told the Observer. “Amsterdam is too beautiful for that and the residents deserve better. The bachelor parties and the European tourists who come here by car to smoke weed, sleep in their car and make noise are not adding any value to the city.”

Els Iping, a former Labour politician involved in the residents group Stop de Gekte (“stop the madness”), and the Wallenwacht – which reminds misbehaving tourists that families live there – said locals believe tighter controls on brothels, alcohol serving-times and coffee shops are essential. “The dealers come for the tourists, the tourists come for the coffee shops,” she told the Observer. “We are saying: break the circle!”

A cup of coffee, cannabis joint and a newspaper
Reading the papers, the relaxed way. Photograph: Urbanmyth/Alamy

Others fiercely disagree. Mark Jacobsen, co-owner of The Rookies, believes hard drugs have nothing to do with his sector. “I have had my coffee shop for 30 years and the moment [customers] do anything with cocaine, I throw them out figuratively and literally,” he told the council.

He told the Observer that research for the Bond van Cannabis Detaillisten business group found just under half of tourists came for cannabis, and 24% would still come, even if banned. “The government allows us to be entrepreneurs this way, but never finished gedoogbeleid [drug tolerance policy],” he said. “If someone grows cannabis, they are criminal, but I see my business as separate from hard drugs and other crime.”

Others worry about street dealers increasing, especially as Amsterdam and other cities try to protect vulnerable young men from crime. Sheher Khan, head of the local Denk party, said: “Our main objection is that young people will be tempted under the wing of the large drug criminals. The i-criterium will make it possible for them to lure young men into street dealing. It is happening now. The question is: do you, as government, want to make it worse?”

Dr Ton Nabben, criminologist and drug researcher, studied the effects of an unsuccessful mandatory resident “weed pass” a decade ago in border towns such as Maastricht. He told the council that there would simply be a “water bed” effect, with supply moving elsewhere. “You will get a situation where you arrive at Schiphol and the dealers ask if you’d like to buy something because you can’t go in a coffee shop,” he explained to the Observer.

“Some tourists have been framed as low-value, but there are all kinds of groups who go to coffee shops, young and old, people with a job who come for a conference and, of course, the stoned young Italians and Brits. But that’s not the majority, and you see them in cafes the world over.”

Back in The Rookies, where Amnesia Haze sells for €10.90 per gram and a sign invites visitors to smile, 21-year-old Novel wonders why cannabis is stigmatised. “It’s a daily help,” he says. “Like a glass of wine in France.”