SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The customers of the Apothecarium are in high spirits this holiday season. It's a medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco. The pot club is giving a storewide 15 percent discount to patrons who donate to a food drive. The dispensary is also raffling off a seriously spiked "ganja-bread" house. It's made with a whopping 80 "doses" of pot-infused butter. There are decorations up and holiday music is playing, too. The dispensary's Ryan Hudson makes not apologies for the Christmas cannabis theme. He says they're like any other business.
GIFTS FOR TROOPS
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Gayron Ferguson doesn't want to see some soldiers go without gifts. So, he's charged 600 bucks to his credit card to send presents to U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Ferguson is president of The Hugs Project of Western Kentucky. He tells The Paducah Sun the charity didn't raise enough money to ship the packages overseas. But he's confident they'll be able to eventually cover his credit card bill. The boxes cost $10.50 each to mail. They're filled with things like magazines, toiletries, snacks and Christmas cards.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT CONTROVERSY
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man is dimming his Christmas spirit a bit. Thyno Zgouvas of Montgomery says he's cutting his light display in half this year. The local homeowners association complained the usual 70,000 blazing bulbs had become a nuisance. Zgouvas disagrees and he's making a statement. He's propped figures of the Grinch behind homeowners association signs in his yard.
EAGLE, Colo. (AP) — First there was Tebow -- now there's Tebrew. A small Colorado brewery is attracting attention with a brewski inspired by Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Bonfire Brewing's "Tebrew" is a barley wine. That's a high-alcohol type of beer. The logo features a crouching man, as if in prayer. But he's holding up a mug of beer. Brewery co-founder Andy Jessen tells the Vail Daily they don't know if Tebow drinks beer. But he says Tebrew is more about the fans than a player.
BUMPER CAR FUN
MONROE, La. (AP) — It was some bumper car fun -- expect they weren't any bumper cars. Police in West Monroe, Louisiana, report some guys were using handicapped shopping carts to play bumper cars. The manager of a Wal-Mart told police the store's electric scooters were being misused. A local paper (New Star) reports officers busted Christopher Butler on a drunken driving charge. Officers say Butler told them he downed five or six beers on the way to the Wal-Mart.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Members of a California church had reason for paws over the weekend. That's paws as in the furry, four-legged variety. More than a dozen dogs and a few cats received blessings at the Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Cruz. The Sentinel reports Reverend Dennis Vierling sprinkled holy water on the pets. Vierling has been the priest at the church since September. But he's held pet blessings at other churches, including in Florida, where people even brought in their horses and livestock.
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