With some Californians threatening to secede due to Trump’s controversial policies, the state may not need the federal funds which our newly elected President plans to withhold if California refuses to comply with his demands for ‘Sanctuary Cities,’ places where illegal immigrants are thought to be given refuge. The legalized marijuana industry will provide California with a projected $7 billion dollars, rivaling the industries of Washington and Colorado.
On top of the $7-8 billion that will flood California in sales revenue, state and local governments could take in as much as $1 billion in taxes for legal recreational and medical pot sales.
Though the state’s emerging legal pot market requires some tweaking of regulations and rules that will outline where and how plants can be grown as well as tracking buds from fields to stores, “the plane is being built while it is in flight,” says Sen. Mike McGuire, a Democrat whose sprawling Northern California district includes some of the world’s most prized pot fields.
McGuire also says it is a daunting task to organize decades old laws that are meant to change an enormous illegal market into a legal one. Though he laments the process, with new laws requiring 20 different types of licenses, including permits for farmers; delivery services that will take pot to a buyer’s front door; testing labs; distributors; and dispensary operators at the retail level, the probable income for California would make other industries drool with envy.
As a comparison, the state’s produce industry, which supplies half the country with all its nuts, fruits, and vegetables, as well as a large portion of its livestock and dairy earned $45 billion in recent years. Legalized pot sales will likely double that number. Analysts also believe there’s another $24 billion to be earned in “unregulated pockets.”
Vivien Azer, a cannabis analyst, believes the nation’s legal market will grow ninefold over the next decade, with consumer spending on recreational and medical marijuana hitting $50 billion by 2026.
Cannabis is already as big a market in California as coffee and Indian gaming but only one in five dollars is accounted for on the legal market. As regulators make it easier for pot to be sold legally, mom-and pop shops that have been struggling to be legal will enter the tax stream. California stands to be one of the richest states in the country for a single crop.
Fitness Coach Shares Army Technique To Fall Asleep In 2 Minutes
We’re guessing that at least a few of you may have had a few nights – if not countless ones – where sleep didn’t necessarily come easily.
Indeed, about one in four Americans has experienced a strong bout of insomnia at some point each year. The sleeping disorder leads to poor health, weakened immunity and daytime fatigue, among other problems.
However, self-proclaimed fitness expert and personal trainer Justin Agustin claims that he knows the secret to slipping into a good night’s rest within minutes.
Agustin recently shared the video on TikTok, captioning his video with the exciting title: “Technique to falling asleep in two minutes!”
The clip has since racked up several million views, around 300,000 likes and thousands of comments, with many verifying that the technique worked for them.
“This technique was developed in the military to allow soldiers to fall asleep at any time, any place – even on the battlefield when the environment is extremely uncomfortable and there’s a lot of noise happening … Sleep for a soldier is crucial,” Agustin explained.
“According to my research, this was developed mainly for fighter pilots who need 100 percent of their reflexes and focus, which we all know decreases with the lack of sleep,” he added.
“You simply have to start by ‘calming your body’ by shutting down and relaxing each part of your body, from ‘head to toe’.
“Start by relaxing the muscles in your forehead,” Agustin continued.
“Relax your eyes, your cheeks, your jaw and focus on your breathing. Now go down to your neck and your shoulders.
“Make sure your shoulders are not tensed up. Drop them as low as you can and keep your arms loose by your side, including your hands and fingers.”
As you do this, you should ‘imagine this warm sensation going from your head to all the way down to your fingertips.
“Take a deep breath and slowly exhale, relaxing your chest, your stomach, down to your thighs, knees, legs and feet,” he said.
“Again, imagine this warm sensation going down from your heart all the way to your toes.”
Continuing, Agustin explained that the purpose was to “clear your mind of any stresses.”
“To do this, think of two scenarios: One – you’re lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but a clear blue sky above you. Two – you’re lying in a black velvet hammock in a pitch black room.
“At any time when you start thinking of anything else or you start getting distracted, repeat these words for 10 seconds: ‘Don’t think, don’t think, don’t think.’”
Agustin claims that one can perfect this technique by practicing it every night for no less than six weeks, saying: “Apparently, 96 percent of people who mastered this technique are actually able to fall asleep within two minutes of shutting their eyes.”
A number of commenters vouched for the technique, with one claiming: “I’m a military brat and was taught this. I also had a veteran as a psychology teacher in college who taught this. it definitely works.”
Another said: “I didn’t know this was a military thing. A college prof told me about this. I fall asleep before I reach my feet.”
While a third commented: “We learned this at summer camp back in the late 70s. I love it.”
However, one commenter wryly noted: “Tik Tok don’t help either.”
In World First, Man Receives Heart Transplanted From Gene-Hacked Pig
In a groundbreaking world first, a 57-year-old man in the U.S. has become the first person in the world to receive a heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig.
The revolutionary procedure’s apparent success offers hope to hundreds of thousands of people who are struggling with failing vital organs amid scarce supplies of human organs.
The patient, David Bennett of Maryland, is in good shape days after the experimental seven-hour operation took place in Baltimore on Friday, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
The surgical procedure is the result of years of fervent efforts by researchers to develop pigs whose organs would be compatible with the human body, and was made possible by recent advances in gene editing and cloning technology. The heart transplant was preceded months ago by a successful kidney transplant in New York which also used an organ harvested from a genetically engineered pig.
“This is a watershed event,” said David Klassen, chief medical officer at the United Network for Organ Sharing, reports New York Times. “Doors are starting to open that will lead, I believe, to major changes in how we treat organ failure.”
The University of Maryland doctors received a special dispensation from regulators to carry out the procedure due to the fact that Bennett’s death was certain in the absence of a transplant.
Surgeon Bartley Griffith, who took part in the transplant, expressed pride in taking part in bringing the world “one step closer to solving the organ shortage crisis,” reports BBC. Roughly 17 people die every day in the U.S. while awaiting transplants, which are in extremely short supply.
“People die all the time on the waiting list, waiting for organs. If we could use genetically engineered pig organs they’d never have to wait, they could basically get an organ as they needed it,” said Christine Lau, Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
“Plus, we wouldn’t have to fly all over the country at night-time to recover organs to put them into recipients.”
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