But that has all changed in the last half-decade, as four states — Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Colorado — and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. California has its own ballot measure for full legalization on the November ballot, and the state’s medicinal cannabis industry has grown significantly in the past few years.Michael Breyburg, Medithrive’s CEO, remembers facing tougher times while trying to run his business five years ago.“[In 2011] feathers were being ruffled in the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration,” said Breyburg, whose operation was targeted along with many other successful dispensaries throughout the city. “I think they were scared that exactly what is happening in the industry now would happen. So the government decided to complicate things.”Medithrive began selling marijuana to certified patients out of 1933 Mission St. in 2009, although the space has been licensed as a dispensary since 1996. Reaching the height of its operation during the recession, Breyburg said that Medithrive was progressive in offering 401K plans and hourly wages upwards of $20 to its 20 or so employees. “We were doing really well, but we were also good players in the neighborhood,” said Breyburg.Medithrive boasted some 26,000 members and regularly donated to local charities. “Nobody ever complained,” he said. Nearly five years after Medithrive — a marijuana dispensary located at 1933 Mission St. — switched from a storefront operation to a delivery service to survive a citywide crackdown on cannabis dispensaries by federal authorities, the pot club has reemerged as a storefront retailer and will host a grand opening in mid-April to celebrate its resurgence.“One of our attorneys equated the risk of reopening to being less than the risk of getting on an airplane, so we felt pretty good about that,” said Medithrive’s manager, Jeff Linden.Past a security guard posted in front of frosted glass doors, the dispensary on Mission Street offers transparency to patients wanting to sample its products and to the authorities that aim to regulate them. Shuttered in 2011 after the federal crackdown, the nonprofit dispensary modified its services to deliveries only, in order to keep its permit active. That allowed it to resume its operations last month as many of its green contenders folded under threats of forfeiture and heavy fines. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% But “playing by the rules” did not spare Medithrive from receiving a cease-and-desist letter, signed by former U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and addressed to the building’s landlord, said Linden, who began managing the dispensary two years ago. The letter demanded that Medithrive discontinue its operation within 45 days under the threat of the building’s seizure. “Because of the momentum that was building around medical marijuana at the time, the federal government handed out hundreds of these letters,” said Linden. “That was the end of a lot of clubs because the landlords were understandably freaking out.”Dispensaries that operated close to schools became a particular focus during the crackdown because of a 2005 law regulating the zoning of dispensaries, prohibiting them from operating within 1,000 feet of a school or a recreation building. According to Planning Department spokesperson Gina Simi, that law has not changed, although a state law sets the buffer between schools and dispensaries at 600 feet. Breyburg said that dispensaries must jump through bureaucratic hoops to become fully licensed, permitted, and regulated. This process includes reviews by various city departments as well as community outreach. 0% But because Medithrive’s building permit dates back to the 1990s, before the industry was regulated at the local and state levels, it was grandfathered in and effectively exempt from this process, as well as from the school-distance requirement. Marshall Elementary School Principal Peter Avila said that the dispensary engaged in community outreach when it first moved into the neighborhood as is dictated by the law, and that despite sharing a “back wall” with the school, Avila never gave a second thought to Medithrive’s presence. “There are a lot bigger issues in our neighborhood than a dispensary, like people milling around 16th and Mission BART station selling who knows what,” said Avila. “We are more concerned with the liquor stores and the bar on our block.”Regardless, the dispensary shut its retail component following the letter at the behest of the building’s landlord. “I think anybody receiving such a letter would be afraid. That was the federal government throwing some pretty big elbows, threatening landlords,” said Breyburg, who continued to pay rent for the space while waiting for the political winds guiding the industry to change course.“It was a matter of time and of ‘who is going to wait who out,’ ” he said. Breyburg continued to use the space for deliveries until beginning to remodel Medithrive’s storefront last Spring.“We wanted to do something fresh, almost like spiritual cleansing,” said Breyburg.While other dispensaries have a reputation for tight security and often resemble a “murky, underground head shop,” Medithrive is purposely aiming for a sleek, conventional retail feel, said Linden.Dispelling the clinical or illegal connotation often associated with pot was an important element in the medicinal dispensary’s remodeling, said Linden. Instead, a glass counter showcasing cannabis-infused baked good reminds of a coffee shop.The dispensary’s previously moss-covered walls have been replaced by four flat-screen TVs hooked to microscope stations that, at 200x magnification, allow customers to inspect marijuana “nuggets” of varying sizes for bugs, pesticides and mold before purchasing. The high-tech equipment is a novelty at the club that serves a purpose. “Our permits don’t allow us to have a smoking lounge for customers to sample our product, so this is a way customers can see what they are paying for,” said Linden. “We want to ensure that everybody is happy.”
ENGLAND gained an comfortable 30-10 win against the Exiles in the international origin match at Warrington.Coach Steve McNamara will be delighted with a sparkling first-half showing that enabled them to build a 24-0 lead on their way to levelling the series at 2-2 but a weakened performance after the break allowed the Exiles to rescue some pride.The loss of influential skipper Kevin Sinfield with a thumb injury at half-time clearly affected England’s fluency while a serious-looking injury to second rower Gareth Ellis added to the distractions.McNamara will be left with mixed emotions in England’s last competitive game before the World Cup, but can take comfort from the knowledge that he will be able to bolster his squad by up to half a dozen players from Australia’s NRL.Initially, the Exiles resembled a side thrown together at four days’ notice, which is basically what Brian McClennan and Phil Veivers were presented with.There was a scrappy opening in which the Exiles arguably looked the more dangerous team, with back-row duo Harrison Hansen and Trent Waterhouse finding gaps in the England defence.But, with Zak Hardaker in particular standing firm, England soaked up the pressure and hit their opponents with four tries in 15 minutes.Hardaker got the first, touching down Sam Tomkins’ grubber kick, and James Roby demonstrated exceptional pace for the second, sprinting 80 metres after Exiles captain Brett Hodgson had spilled the ball from Michael Dobson’s pass and Sinfield demonstrated quick thinking to pick up and get the hooker racing clear.Just three games into his comeback from a three-month injury lay-off, Roby was brought off, with Sinfield taking over the dummy-half duties to enable McNamara to get Rangi Chase into the action.Richie Myler, who was preferred as the starting scrum-half, combined superbly with Ellis to get centre Leroy Cudjoe romping over for England’s third try before Sinfield split the Exiles defence to get Tomkins over.Sinfield converted all four tries to give his side a 24-0 half-time lead but did not re-appear for the start of the second half, giving McNamara the opportunity to examine a Myler-Chase half-back combination.Tomkins led the team back out and he thought he had extended the lead when he weaved his way through the Exiles defence but video referee Phil Bentham disallowed the try for an obstruction.As the Exiles began to find their rhythm, they hit their hosts with two tries in six minutes.Prop Mickey Paea bulldozed his way over from short range before the Exiles demonstrated their handling skills for Hodgson and Steve Menzies to work winger Joel Monaghan over at the corner.Pat Richards converted one of the tries as England’s lead was cut to 24-10 and they were forced into some desperate defence to twice bring down stand-off Travis Burns short of the line.The game was held up for Ellis to have treatment for a serious-looking lower-back injury to take another layer of gloss of England’s victory, although they had the final say when Cudjoe raced from halfway for his second try two minutes from the end.England: Tomkins, Charnley, Cudjoe, Hardaker, Hall, Sinfield, Myler, Mossop, Roby, Hill, Farrell, Ellis, Jones-Buchanan.Replacements: Chase, Crabtree, Westwood, Ferres.Exiles: Hodgson, Monaghan, Menzies, Moon, Richards, Burns, Dobson, Leuluai, L’Estrange, Puletua, Soliola, Waterhouse, Hansen.Replacements: Hohaia, Paea, Taia, Bailey.Article courtesy of the RFL.
IT’S that time of year again – State of Mind is taking over Super League in Round 25 once again, and what better time to remind yourself of the 10 ways to look after your own mental health.It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. Mental health is about the way you think and feel and your ability to deal with ups and downs. We’ve put together 10 practical ways to look after your mental health.Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time, but it can make a big difference.Talk About Your FeelingsTalking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled. Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your wellbeing and doing what you can to stay healthy.Eat WellThere are strong links between what we eat and how we feel – for example, caffeine and sugar can have an immediate effect. But food can also have a long-lasting effect on your mental health.Keep In TouchFriends and family can make you feel included and cared for. They can offer different views from whatever’s going on inside your own head. They can help keep you active, keep you grounded and help you solve practical problems.Take A BreakA change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you.Accept Who You AreSome of us make people laugh, some are good at maths, others cook fantastic meals. Some of us share our lifestyle with the people who live close to us, others live very differently. We’re all different.Keep ActiveExperts believe exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good. Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better. Exercise also keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy.Drink SensiblyWe often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary.Ask For HelpNone of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things go wrong. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.Do Something You’re Good AtWhat do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past? Enjoying yourself helps beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.Care For OthersCaring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.Keep an eye out for the State of Mind marquee at Super League games this weekend.For more information, visit www.stateofmindrugby.com or follow @SOMRugbyLeague on Twitter
SAINTS first team were presented with their Grand Final shirts today by legend Tom Van Vollenhoven.The former winger, who holds the try scoring record for the club, gave the Grand Final side and other members of the squad their jerseys in a special private player gathering this afternoon.After a speech from Chairman Eamonn McManus, the Flying Springbok addressed the players, imploring them to give their all on Saturday at Old Trafford.He also asked them to enjoy the occasion.Pictured is Tom presenting a shirt to Saints Captain Paul Wellens and fellow wingman Tommy Makinson.
Despite strong interest from the NRL Saints have secured the signature of their star winger until the end of the 2022 season.Makinson had a remarkable 2018 season winning the League Leaders Shield and the prestigious Golden Boot award for his performances for England.The announcement falls on the eve of what will be Tommy’s 200th Saints appearance in the season opener vs. Wigan Warriors, Thursday evening.In his 199 appearances to date he has scored 108 tries and added another 108 goals.His match winning try in the 2014 Grand Final at Old Trafford and his length of the field stunner at the 2017 Magic Weekend are just two highlights from some of the incredible four-pointers he has scored for the Club.Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus said, “It’s further great news for St Helens and for Super League that Tommy has committed himself to us for four years.Tommy has been underestimated outside of St Helens for too many years. That was firmly put to bed with his recent stand out performances for England against the Kiwis.He has chosen St Helens and Super League despite very attractive offers from the NRL. It’s therefore a real statement of his faith in St Helens and in Super League that he has decided to extend his contract with us.He’s a world class winger and it’s wonderful that he aims to see out his career with his boyhood club”Head Coach Justin Holbrook added “This is huge news for everyone involved with St Helens to have Tommy sign for four years. He’s a fantastic player, what you see on the field is exactly what we see every day in training.I’m very happy for him to get the rewards he got at the end of last year with the recognition of winning the Golden Boot and being named in the Dream Team, very well deserved. He is extremely hard working, and is a pleasure to coach.”You can watch Tommy’s message to the fans here.A big thank you to Tommy’s player sponsor – Beaufort Financial.
Holden Beach Police, Coastline Rescue Squad, and Tri-Beach Fire officials reported to the scene and found a man who was pulled by a surfer from the ocean.Robinson says CPR was being performed when officials arrived. Brunswick County EMS transported the 20-year-old man to Novant Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia. Robinson says the man died at the hospital.The surfer who rescued the man was also transported to the hospital for evaluation.Related Article: Match play kicks off Women’s Southern Golf Assocation Amateur ChampionshipRobinson reports this was the second drowning in Brunswick County Saturday, with the first happening in Sunset Beach. He says a man in his 40’s drowned while trying to help another person who was struggling in the water.We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available. (Photo: Jon Sullivan) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man is dead after being caught in a rip current and drowning in Holden Beach Saturday afternoon.Coastline Rescue Squad Chief David Robinson says emergency responders were called to the 400 block of Ocean Boulevard West at 2:18 p.m. Saturday.- Advertisement –
North Carolina Strong t-shirts (Photo: The Logo Shoppe) LELAND, NC (WWAY) — So many businesses and non profits are helping out those affected by Hurricane Florence, by way of serving food, handing out water, and even creating fund-raisers.Starting Friday, The Logo Shoppe, in Leland is selling “North Carolina Strong” t-shirts. You can pick up any size for just $12.- Advertisement – All proceeds from the sales goes to families in need of re-housing and rebuilding.You can even bring in your own blank t-shirt to print the image on for just $10.They will also be taking donations for families like toiletries, plastic bins, paper goods, or anything you feel led to bring.
Max (Photo: Duplin Co. Animal Services/Facebook) KENANSVILLE, NC (AP) — A North Carolina animal shelter is sending out an urgent plea on behalf of 13 dogs which will have to be euthanized if no one adopts them.The Duplin County Animal Shelter issued an “S.O.S.” on its Facebook page saying “almost every dog in this shelter will be out of time” Tuesday, and there’s been no interest shown.- Advertisement – Coordinator Bobby Kennedy told The News & Observer of Raleigh there were 77 dogs and cats at the shelter, and there’s limited space and time to get animals adopted or moved into rescue or foster homes. Kennedy said the shelter can only keep them five days before they’re either rescued or adopted because there are only 14 general kennels.The shelter is in Kenansville, about 58 miles (93 km) east of Fayetteville.___Related Article: Adopted NC boy spends his birthday finding forever homes for others kidsInformation from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Photo: nhrmc.org) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — To protect against Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV, all children 12 and younger are temporarily restricted from visiting patient care areas in the NHRMC Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital.NHRMC says this is due to the increase in RSV cases in the community.- Advertisement – Areas where children are restricted include:Neonatal Intensive Care UnitPediatricsPediatric Intensive Care UnitMother/BabyLabor & DeliveryAntepartumWomen’s UnitNRHMC says RSV is a respiratory illness which affects primarily premature infants and children in the first year of life, but can affect older children and adults as well. Children of all ages can continue to seek and receive treatment for themselves in these areas. Those who are ill will be asked to wear a mask.Children 12 and under who are healthy and currently free of cold and flu symptoms may continue to visit other areas of the hospital.
Two Weeki Wachee mermaids entertain guests at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher. (Photo: North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher) KURE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — With a flick of some fancy fins and a trek of 600 miles, the world-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids will create a magical experience at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in March.The underwater entertainers captivate audiences with mermaid merriment punctuated by undersea high-fives, twirls and twists, as they swim alongside sharks, rays, eels and schooling fish. In addition, visitors can meet mermaids on dry land, ask for autographs and engage in a mermaid-themed scavenger hunt.- Advertisement – The mermaids will swim once an hour on the hour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. Guests wishing to meet a mermaid on dry land may do so from 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.“Mermaids have always captured the imagination of seafarers and sea lovers,” said Jennifer Metzler-Fiorino, education curator. “The Weeki Wachee Mermaids offer a unique and entertaining experience and give us an opportunity to share with thousands of guests how we can all better care for the ocean and animals living there.”For a deeper dive into the Aquarium mermaid experience, guests can make reservations for additional special programs (limited space available):Related Article: NC Aquariums swim away from seismic testingMermaid Paint Night, 6-8:30 p.m. Fridays, March 1 and 8Includes professional instruction, paint supplies, take-home canvas, diving mermaid and meet and greet with photo opportunity.Mermaid Morning, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. March 1-3 and 8-10Includes mermaid and sea turtles program, diving mermaid and exclusive meet and greet. Mermaid-themed donuts are an added treat.Under the Sea AquaCamp , 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 2,3 and 9,10Mermaid-themed day for children ages 5-12, with crafts, activities, live animals, snack and mermaid photo opportunity.Children’s Discovery Time, 10:30 a.m. Fridays, March 1 and 8Mermaid-themed; recommended for younger guests aged 3-5.The Weeki Wachee Mermaids are part of a 70-year tradition celebrating a mythical underwater world at one of Florida’s oldest and unique family attractions, the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.Daily mermaid dives and meet and greets during regular Aquarium hours are included with admission. Camps, Mermaid Mornings, Discovery Time and Paint Nights require additional ticketing and preregistration. Please note dive schedules are subject to change without notice. Aquarium admission and reservations are available at ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.