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Friday Happy Hour: Garbage Rat Edition

President Donald Trump said this week that he does not have the rumored “Comey Tapes” but did confirm that he has the original “Comey Vinyl” in his attic somewhere. Rat-drags-full-garbage-bag-across-New-York-street (002)

Another Congressional special election has come and gone, and once again the Democratic Party lost an election that, in most decades, they would have no business playing in in the first place.  In true Democratic Party fashion, however, there were immediate calls to dismantle the entire party and start over.

The big news in the Federal City this week was the emergence of the Senate GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.  To say that it is quite the controversial piece of legislation is the understatement of the year.  Our own U.S. Senator Pat Toomey was one of the chief architects of the plan, so it is pretty safe to say he likes it. 

Over on the other side of the spectrum we have U.S. Senator Bob Casey who called the plan, essentially, the end of western civilization.  So, the good news is that there appears to be lot of room between the two camps for some serious compromise.  HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  Man, that was hard to write.  We can’t even say it out loud without spitting coffee all over our MacBook.

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Friday Happy Hour: Space Chicken Edition

Another mass shooting rocked the nation this week as a lone gunman fired on and wounded several Congressmen and U.S. Capital Police officers at a baseball practice in Alexandria.  Space chickenWe pray for those who were injured and also pray that gun control and gun rights advocates alike will put down their phones and get off Twitter for maybe five minutes.  

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, fresh off a brutal grilling/lovefest in front of a Senate Committee, weighed in this week with some ominous words about investigating and shutting down medicinal marijuana operations in some states.  Sessions, who appears to be of a 1950’s-style Jack Webb mindset when it comes to medical cannabis, drew a swift response from Governor Tom Wolf, who essentially told the General to butt out of Pennsylvania’s business.  

As the Russia probe continues to swirl around the nation’s capital, the U.S. Senate meanwhile moved with haste to pass the much anticipated “repeal and replace” of Obamacare.  President Trump reportedly called the new American Health Care Act “mean” at a closed-door meeting. This is probably not the adjective the Senate Majority Leader was looking for as he pushes this puppy toward the finish line. 

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Friday Happy Hour: Giant Peacock Edition

On Thursday, the nation paused to watch former FBI director James Comey testify in front of a U.S. Senate Committee, and Twitter might never be the same again.  Apparently, there are about 108 million attorneys residing online, and they are all experts at what constitutes obstruction of justice. Peacock  

Right about the time Comey was set to hit the big stage the President nominated his successor, Christopher Wray.  About twelve people actually knew that happened, since every reporter in the country was otherwise occupied. 

If a nomination falls in the forest… For his part, President Trump declined to watch the show, instead heading off to Cincinnati to tout his infrastructure plan.  Trump once again made the “Pittsburgh, not Paris” reference, which we are sure made Cincy residents’ collective skin crawl.  Know your audience, Mr. President. 

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Knox Medical Opens New State of the Art Dispensary

Most people, truth be told, still have a mental image when talk turns to medical cannabis of buying a wrinkled baggy of non-descript dried leaves from a “friend of a friend” behind the dumpster at the corner convenience store.  The dispensary that opened last week in Orlando – one of Florida’s first – shows just how far science and design have changed reality. IMG_9343 (002)

 The new Knox Medical facility underscores why Knox was ranked the top applicant for licensing to grow, process and dispense the new medical botanicals in Florida, Puerto Rico and Texas.  It’s ground floor, airy and light facility in Orlando was described by a first-time visitor as a cross between a pharmacy and a country club.

 “Knox Medical is working with Florida’s top architects and designers to create a cohesive dispensary experience that puts the needs and interests of our patients first,” said Jose J. Hidalgo, Knox founder and CEO. “At every stage in this process, from cultivation, to processing, and now to dispensing superior quality medicines at these state-of-the-art facilities, our objective at Knox Medical is to redefine excellence in the medicinal cannabis field at every level.” We are privileged to serve our fellow Floridians in most need who will receive compassionate medical care at Knox Medical’s dispensaries,” said Bruce Knox, co-founder and COO.

Based in Miami, FL, Knox Medical is one of the fastest growing companies in the medical cannabis category and an applicant for licensing in Pennsylvania. 

Upon entering the midtown Orlando facility, patients are seated in a waiting area, then are escorted into the dispensary. Consultations are provided in private rooms. The glass interior, accented with wood paneling, glistening white moldings, adorned with modern minimalist furnishings is the polar opposite of bean bags and lava lamps skeptics may have been expecting. 

The 2,600-square-foot dispensary will be operating from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends.  Cash and debit cards are the only tender accepted. An armed security guard is present during business hours and strategically placed security cameras have been installed, giving patients added reassurance their safety is a priority.

A full retail experience is to be had if you decide to purchase a Knox Medical hat, coffee mug or compression socks with plans to stock about 30 products in a few weeks.

Friday Happy Hour: Paris to Pittsburgh Edition

Team Triad sends along very best wishes on a full and speedy recovery to Philadelphia Councilman David Oh, who was stabbed near his home on Thursday.  Looking forward to seeing you back on Broad Street soon, Councilman!  Pgh image

President Donald Trump this week officially withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accords which, for some odd reason, was a shock to people.  During the campaign, Trump only said he would withdraw from the agreement 2,000 or so times.  With that action, the U.S. now joins Nicaragua and Syria as pretty much the only countries not participating in the climate change pact.  Heady company, for sure.   At least we finally found an area of agreement with Syria.   

During his Paris Accord speech, the President said he was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris.  This, predictably, did not sit well with

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