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Snoop Dogg’s Chicken Wings Are Available Across the USA Thanks to the “Wing Showdown”

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Snoop Dogg’s Chicken Wings Are Available Across the USA Thanks to the “Wing Showdown”

Snoop Dogg’s Chicken Wings Are Available Across the USA Thanks to the “Wing Showdown”

Snoop, Shaq, Tyra Banks, and other celebs are making chicken wing masterpieces to benefit charities — and you can order these delicacies for the next five days.

Published on July 29, 2020

Snoop Dogg is beloved all over the world. He’s revolutionized hip-hop and turned how we get high into a transcendental art form that continues to uplift humanity. Now, kicking off on National Wing Day, Snoop is sharing the mastery of yet another one of his passions: Chicken wings.

The Wing Showdown is a digital food competition brought to life by Off The Menu and Uber Eats that’s running between July 29 and August 2, 2020. Snoop is one of the celebrity participants and, in celebration of this delicious holiday, he’s sharing his personal wing recipe with chefs and restaurants in NYC, LA, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Denver, Toronto, and Vancouver. 

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The Wing Showdown was inspired by a prior celebrity Off The Menu event called The Burger Showdown, in which celebs grilled an array of exquisite burgers. So, then, how did wings get the call this time instead of, say, pizza? Or dank-ass nachos?

The short answer is that wings are simple enough to pull-off at home. You don’t need a lot of ingredients, time, or kitchen space to make ‘em happen. “I knew there was an appetite for chicken wings, and they are such a versatile food that celebrities love,” said Lawrence Longo, the CEO of Off The Menu, a business that makes secret menus for restaurants, bars, and cafes, that’s responsible for making this event happen. “It was the perfect food item for the next Showdown.”

But, getting Snoop Dogg to participate in your event is basically like trying to convince the Pope to come to your birthday party — unless chicken wings, Snoop’s favorite dish, are involved. “After reading [Snoop’s] cookbook From Crook to Cook, I knew I had to do something cool with him in the food space,” Longo said. “What’s really cool about Snoop’s involvement is that, for every wing sold, Off The Menu is donating a portion of the proceeds to Snoop’s Youth Football league.”

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Other celebrities contributing dishes include Shaquille O’Neal, Jessie James Decker, Tyler Cameron, Tyra Banks, Haylie Duff, Anthony Anderson, Zac Posen, Phil Heath, and more. 

Fans will be able to sample each drool-worthy entry by ordering from the participating restaurants listed at TheWingShowdown.com from July 29-Aug 2, 2020. Afterward, those dining can return to the site and vote for their favorite dish. When the results are tallied, funds will be donated to the Center for Policing Equity (CPE) in the name of the celebrity who gets the most votes. The CPE is a research and action organization that reduces the causes of racial disparities in law enforcement and uses evidence-based approaches to create levers for social, cultural, and policy change. 

It’s honestly a winning prospect for all involved. Beyond a fiesta for your taste buds and a chance to support a dynamic charity, each order will also directly benefit local dining spots and related businesses.

“Our digital Showdowns have two main goals,” Longo said. “The first is to drive sales to local restaurants. The second is to give back via charitable partners whose missions align with values we hold close. Just like food brings people together, our mutual support will help fuel the ability to bring communities and police chiefs together for reforms that everyone can get behind. Off the Menu invites you to join us in showing that our wing-loving community stands together against racial injustice.”

What better way to show unity than through celebrating the simplistic bliss of delicious wings? In a lot of ways, chicken wings are like art: The meat is the canvas and the sauce is the paint that gives a dish its distinct essence. “We saw a lot of people creating recipes based on their upbringings,” Longo said. “For example, Jo Koy is doing a Filipino adobo style chicken wing, which looks dope. Tyra Banks is doing a sriracha-maple flavored wing — I’ve tried that one, and it’s incredible.”

But, really, is any contender going to hold a drumstick to Snoop? Just consider how high chicken wings rank among stoner cuisine and the fact Snoop has spent years baking (in every sense) with legendary kitchen queen, Martha Stewart.

“Snoop’s ‘Chip Fried Chicken Wings’ are probably the most creative wings in the event,” Longo said. “It’s the perfect recipe for a chicken wing competition. Snoop uses potato chips in his batter. Everyone is going to absolutely love them!”

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Chef Daniel Patterson of Los Angeles-based restaurant Alta is thrilled to be involved with the Wing Showdown. “Snoop asked for Alta to be one of the three restaurants in L.A. making his chicken wings,” Patterson said. “We love the flavor that the potato chips add to the coating. We’re including our favorite new hot sauce, Red Ranch, with each order of wings. It’s killer with all kinds of stoner food!”

One game-changer about this year’s Showdown is that weed is now legal in a number of participating cities.

“I think the legalization of marijuana has given everyone a legal reason to be hungrier, and that makes people want to discover more new food,” Longo said. “Every meal tastes way better when you’re stoned. Chicken wings are the perfect stoner food, so we hope customers will watch the recipe videos online and then order. The event goes on for five days, so you can try a lot of different wings.”

Now that burgers and wings are checked off the list, what stoner dish will be at the center of the next celebrity Showdown? “Tacos, pizza, and sandwiches are all in the works,” Longo said. “We also do an event called Tenderfest, which is half festival, half tender museum. It’s an epic experience!”

Visit TheWingShowdown.com to watch videos from the celebs involved and to cast your vote (for Snoop, of course!).

This was created in partnership with Uber Eats, Off the Menu, and Alta.

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Cannabis and the 2020 Election

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Next month, five states will be voting on seven ballot measures to legalize cannabis. A variety of proposals, including constitutional amendments, statutory initiatives, and alternative measures, could establish new medical cannabis markets in two states and expand legalization to include adult use legalization in four states. Three of these proposals would enshrine cannabis possession and consumption within state constitutions.

This article will explore the proposals themselves as well as the short-term implications of legalization on existing license holders and the industry.

2020 cannabis ballot measures policy focus

State-by-State Review

Arizona

Arizona voters have another opportunity to legalize cannabis next month, after narrowly defeating adult use legislation four years ago. In recent years, the Copper State’s medical cannabis market has seen significant MSO expansion, and new mandatory testing requirements launch at the beginning of November.

There are roughly 150 medical cannabis licenses in the state currently — all of which would receive priority status in the application process for adult use licensing. Additionally, diversity applicants and applicants in areas currently lacking cannabis retail access would be fast-tracked applicants.

Prop. 207 does include local control and opt-out provisions, and a new 16% tax would direct revenue to a variety of funds, while retail operators would be able to launch delivery services as soon as 2023.

Mississippi

Mississippi could become the 34th state to legalize cannabis for medical use, but two competing measures are creating complications on the ballot. A citizen-driven campaign led to the placement of Initiative 65, while the legislature responded with Alternative Initiative 65A.

Initiative 65 establishes a medical cannabis program similar to the program structure of many other states; with clearly defined qualifying conditions, possession limits, taxes, registration fees, and a regulator — the state health department. The alternative includes no definitions and only allows smokable cannabis products for terminally ill patients, leaving a highly restrictive market requiring enabling legislation.

Previous bills have been proposed, but never brought to a vote — leaving some skeptical that anything at all may come of Initiative 65A.

Montana

Montana’s existing medical cannabis program relies on a system of caregivers who cultivate cannabis and make manufactured products, including edibles and concentrates. Additionally, there is a limited number of licensed dispensaries throughout the state. Legalization would be a major evolution for Montana, which has seen multiple ballot initiatives and legislative interventions in recent years.

Two measures have been placed: one constitutional amendment to set the age of 21 as the minimum buying age and a measure to establish a commercial adult use market. While no early sales provisions are included, Montana companies would be the only businesses able to start sales for the first year after legalization.

New Jersey

New Jersey voters may make history, legalizing the adult use of cannabis and triggering a race among Mid-Atlantic states to implement sales first. While all of New Jersey’s neighbors have existing medical cannabis programs, none have taken steps to expand further. In recent years, numerous regional state legislatures have attempted to legalize, and Public Question 1 may tip the scales for an entire region with over 50 million residents.

The text of the amendment is brief, but it establishes a definition for ‘cannabis’ while permitting possession, use, and industry operations for adults ages 21 and up. The existing Cannabis Regulatory Commission would be tasked with regulating the industry, but the state legislature must first come to an agreement and pass enabling legislation.

Currently, New Jersey’s medical market includes roughly fifteen licenses, including cultivation and manufacturing, as well as a limited number of dispensaries. The next phase for cannabis in NJ is uncharted territory for now: it is unclear if existing licenses will be given the first opportunity to serve the general public.

Given licensing delays and a slow rollout in Illinois, lawsuits and delays could be in New Jersey’s future — with some analysts suggesting a four-year timeline from amendment passage to full implementation. This may be good news for MSOs, including Columbia Care, Verano, and Acreage Holdings, among others.

South Dakota

South Dakota has long been unfriendly to cannabis in all forms and has some of the nation’s strictest marijuana possession penalties. While other non-medical states have at least given a nod to low-THC medical hemp programs, the Mount Rushmore state hadn’t established any kind of hemp or cannabis program at all until the legislature passed industrial hemp legalization this past spring.

Now, the state could make history as the first to legalize cannabis for medical and adult use purposes at the same time. Two proposals are on the ballot: an initiated measure to launch a medical cannabis program, and a constitutional amendment to fully legalize cannabis, with provisions including adult use, a medical program, and expanded hemp legalization.

Medical use is enshrined in both proposals, while the constitutional amendment would prevent the legislature from any type of statutory tampering to limit a retail market. The constitutional amendment would establish a commercial market for both adult use and medical purposes. Medical use would include home cultivation. As there is no cannabis market in the state at this time, no businesses would be able to take advantage of “early sales” provisions, as seen in other states.

Analysis

Previously, medical cannabis programs and commercial licensing schemes predated adult use legalization, and the majority of these proposals came into existence by way of the ballot. In most of the earliest states to fully legalize, this was the case: Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, Massachusetts, and Nevada all had some form of voter-approved medical cannabis legislation first.

Implementation of adult-use legalization has, however, varied across the states. In these proposals, Arizona, Montana, and New Jersey have existing medical cannabis infrastructures, but the implementation of adult use will likely lead to program changes.

Some legalization measures have allowed for existing medical dispensaries to launch sales to adults during a period of late-stage rulemaking. These businesses have operated under modified compliance rules, with track-and-trace requirements and varying tax rates until legalization rules are completed.

After Oregon voters approved legalization in 2014, the state’s medical market rapidly expanded with early sales on the horizon. At one point, there were more medical dispensaries in the state than Starbucks or McDonald’s locations. That number later dropped as businesses converted their licenses over.

For some of the states with legalization on the ballot this year, the transition out of medical will pose challenges: product shortages, long customer lines, new tax rates, uncertainty over product offerings, and testing requirements on top of an already difficult pandemic business environment.

Overall, legalization measures promise to bring a significant impact to consumers and patients in Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota. It’s hard to quantify the short-term improvements to consumers and industry operators, as passage of these initiatives will set off a flurry of legislative and regulatory discussion over the holidays and into the spring. Existing licensees and hopeful applicants should keep an eye for new opportunities: public comment periods, application deadlines, and new sales opportunities on the horizon.

Source: https://cannabiz.media/cannabis-and-the-2020-election/

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Cuomo advisor predicts New York will legalize pot in April

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s advisor on marijuana policy said this week the Empire State could legalize weed in April of next year with a bill that would serve as a model for other states looking to allow recreational pot in the United States.

Axel Bernabe, assistant counselor to Governor Cuomo, was a guest on the Under The Canopy series, recently launched by Canopy Growth, where he discussed cannabis legalization efforts in New York. According to Bernabe, a bill to legalize marijuana will be introduced through the state budget in January again, while he expects legalization to take effect by April. 

As New Jersey appears ready to legalize marijuana this November, Bernabe said the Cuomo administration has been watching its neighbor “closely.”

“We’re watching New Jersey closely. We’ve always been confident that we’d get to this before New Jersey, so if they pass the referendum they still have to have an agreement between the governor and the Senate over there,” he said.

“If New Jersey can beat us to it, they’ll get a gold star but I still think we’re gonna set the model for this,” Bernabe added, referring to the bill’s social equity provisions, among other things. 

During the interview, Bernabe also said that New York has been monitoring how legalization has been unfolding in Vermont, Maine, and Massachusetts, but has also consulted with states on the West Coast, where the legal pot industry is larger and more developed. 

Regarding hemp, Cuomo’s advisor said the state will release its guidelines and regulations for CBD consumer products early next year as well.

“Those products are already out there, so there’s no sense in pretending they’re not,” Bernabe explained. 

For this reason, the governor and his team have been working on guidelines, which will include maximum dose per serving labeling and warnings about potential THC content in various hemp-derived products. New York has copied a lot of Florida’s hemp regulations while crafting its own policies, Bernabe stated, before telling Canopy Growth’s David Culver that the administration is currently putting the finishing touches to the guidelines. 

Although Governor Cuomo promised his state would legalize weed soon, marijuana legalization was left out of the New York state budget for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which hit the state particularly badly earlier this year.

Cuomo previously proposed working in conjunction with the neighboring states of New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania on coordinating a recreational marijuana system for the region. 

Source: https://greencamp.com/cuomo-advisor-predicts-new-york-will-legalize-pot-in-april/

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PURA Concludes Farmersville Meetings – Deal Imminent

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Dallas, TX – October 20, 2020 – OTC PR WIRE — Puration, Inc. (OTC PINK: PURA) today announced that CEO Brian Shibley concluded a key meeting yesterday essential to finalizing the acquisition of 72-acre property in Farmersville, Texas central to the company’s recently announced Farmersville Brands strategy.  “The acquisition is imminent. Look for an announcement very soon,” said Mr. Shibley.

PURA has scheduled the release of a comprehensive update this Friday, October 23, 2020, to provide the latest information on progress with the Farmersville Brand strategy. The Friday update this Friday will include the latest on the company’s planned dividend of PAO Group, Inc. (OTC PINK: PAOG) stock in conjunction with PURA’s sale of its cannabis cultivation business to PAOG.

For more information on Puration, visit http://www.purationinc.com

Disclaimer/Safe Harbor:

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act. The statements reflect the Company’s current views with respect to future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Among others, these risks include the expectation that any of the companies mentioned herein will achieve significant sales, the failure to meet schedule or performance requirements of the companies’ contracts, the companies’ liquidity position, the companies’ ability to obtain new contracts, the emergence of competitors with greater financial resources and the impact of competitive pricing. In the light of these uncertainties, the forward-looking events referred to in this release might not occur. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Contact:
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Brian Shibley,
info@aciconglomerated.com
(800) 861-1350

Source: https://otcprwire.com/pura-concludes-farmersville-meetings-deal-imminent/

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