Monday December 16, 2019

Mint Dispensary, Unique Store/Restaurant in Arizona that Adds Weed to Everything

Mint Dispensary, opened in 2018, was the first restaurant in the world to offer carry-out meals containing marijuana

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An immense wall-to-wall show window displays the close to 10,000 products offered, from infusions to cannabis-themed T-shirts and souvenirs. Pixabay

Raul Molina, a 46-year-old Mexican immigrant, says that cannabis is the business of the future, though for him it is a very lucrative here and now thanks to the Mint Dispensary, a unique store/restaurant in Arizona offering the likes of chicken wings dressed with THC, the active ingredient of marijuana.

This emporium of the marijuana plant, located in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe and visited daily by some 1,000 customers, sells everything imaginable related to the weed, the Efe news reported.

An immense wall-to-wall show window displays the close to 10,000 products offered, from infusions to cannabis-themed T-shirts and souvenirs.

Mint Dispensary, opened in 2018, was the first restaurant in the world to offer carry-out meals containing marijuana as an ingredient.

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Raul Molina, a 46-year-old Mexican immigrant, says that cannabis is the business of the future, though for him it is a very lucrative here and now thanks to the Mint Dispensary, a unique store/restaurant in Arizona offering the likes of chicken wings dressed with THC. Pixabay

“We were the first in the world to open. Not long ago I heard that a similar restaurant has just been opened in Europe,” Molina, who was born in Ciudad Juarez, said proudly.

The businessman, whose previous occupation was selling cars, has two locations in Arizona and is about to open similar dispensaries and restaurants in Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, California, Missouri, Florida and New Jersey.

“Let’s just see what we’re able to do under the laws of each state,” Molina said.

To be allowed in the Mint Dispensary it is necessary to present a valid medical card, because as its name indicates, it is basically a dispensary of medical marijuana.

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“We make different things compared to other dispensaries, we try to create an experience, a place with things to see and where our products are different. The kitchen is an open area with an area where we educate and others where people can observe how we prepare high quality dishes,” he said.

Clients can see behind an enormous window a “show-grow” room where the marijuana plants are grown under artificial lighting and produce 80 lbs (36.6 kgs) every two weeks.

That volume supplies only a small part of clients’ daily consumption, however.

“This doesn’t meet our needs even though we have another five growing plots in the back, which means we have to buy hundreds of pounds more to be able to supply our clients at the two stores in this state,” Molino said.

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This emporium of the marijuana plant, located in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe and visited daily by some 1,000 customers, sells everything imaginable related to the weed, the Efe news reported. Pixabay

“On a good Friday we receive as many as 1,500 people and on our busiest day ever we served 2,700 customers,” he added.

The kitchen is within view of visitors as the aproned chefs prepare everything from fancy desserts to chicken wings dressed with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).

“Nine per cent of sales come from the restaurant, and what it sells are mostly hamburgers and pizza, particularly when the American football season starts, though we also make Mexican dishes for Cinco de Mayo,” he noted.

While other commercial kitchens have licenses to make food products bottled, canned or packaged with THC, the Mint Dispensary is the only one in Arizona that can prepare ready-to-eat dishes like a restaurant.

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“There’s plenty of people that would prefer to have it this way because they can’t smoke,” Molina said.

Clients can order their food prepared with THC doses from 25 to 1,000 milligrams.

Prices vary according to the amount of THC added to the dish, so that a pizza dosed with 25 milligrams of THC costs $12.50, while the same pizza dosed with 1,000 milligrams costs $75.

There are also baked goods like muffins, cookies, brownies, cupcakes and cheesecake.

Birthday cakes and wedding cakes are also made with cannabis.

The specialist in dosing while dining said the restaurant is set to “grow by leaps and bounds,” and for that reason it will begin to offer home delivery in the next few months. (IANS)

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Juul Halts Sales of Mint-Flavored E-Cigarettes, its Most Popular Product

Underage vaping has reached what health officials call epidemic levels

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FILE - A woman buys refills for her Juul at a smoke shop in New York, Dec. 20, 2018. VOA

Juul Labs said Thursday it will halt sales of its best-selling, mint-flavored electronic cigarettes as it struggles to survive a nationwide backlash against vaping.

The voluntary step comes days after new government research showed that Juul is the top brand among high schoolers who use e-cigarettes and that many prefer mint.

“These results are unacceptable and that is why we must reset the vapor category in the U.S.,” said the company’s CEO K.C. Crosthwaite, in a statement.

Underage vaping has reached what health officials call epidemic levels. In the latest government survey, 1 in 4 high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the previous month, despite federal law banning sales to those under 18.

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The voluntary step comes days after new government research showed that Juul is the top brand among high schoolers who use e-cigarettes and that many prefer mint. Pixabay

Under fire for its alleged role in sparking the vaping trend among teens, Juul has made a series of concessions to try and weather a crackdown from local, state and federal officials. It stopped selling popular fruit and dessert flavors in stores last year, and last month, stopped selling them online, too.

Earlier, the company replaced its CEO and pledged to stop advertising its products.

After halting mint sales, Juul will only sell menthol and tobacco flavors. Mint and menthol accounted for nearly 60% of the company’s retail sales in the past year, according to data compiled by Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog.

Fruit, candy, dessert and other flavored e-cigarettes have been targeted because of their appeal to underage users. Federal health officials are expected to soon release plans for removing most vaping flavors from the market.

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In September, President Donald Trump said the flavor ban would include mint and menthol flavors. However, no details have yet been released, leading anti-vaping advocates to worry that the administration is backing away from its original plan.

Flavors are banned for traditional cigarettes in the U.S., except for menthol.

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“These results are unacceptable and that is why we must reset the vapor category in the U.S.,” said the company’s CEO K.C. Crosthwaite, in a statement. Pixabay

Juul is the best-selling e-cigarette brand in the U.S., but has been besieged by legal troubles, including multiple investigations by Congress, federal agencies and several state attorneys general. The company is also being sued by adults and underage Juul users who claim they became addicted to nicotine through the company’s products.

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E-cigarettes typically heat a solution that contains nicotine, which makes cigarettes and e-cigarettes addictive. They have been sold in the U.S. for more than a decade and are often pitched as a lower-risk nicotine source for adult smokers. (VOA)