Robert Allen Detroit Free Press Published 4:54 PM EST Feb 17, 2019 A newly available, cannabis-derived ingredient has disappeared from cocktails and smoothies in metro Detroit. And it could be years before it's back. Cannabidiol, known as CBD, doesn't cause the psychoactive effects of marijuana, but it's claimed to have therapeutic benefits and to help people relax. In the past couple of weeks, it was introduced in drinks at Ale Mary's in Royal Oak, ChickP in downtown Detroit and other bars and restaurants. But local health officials ordered these business owners — and at least three others — to stop, citing federal Food and Drug Administration rules. "It was fun for a minute," Ale Mary's owner Nick Ritts said a few days after removing drinks including the Mellow Melon cocktail (made with muddled strawberries, simple syrup, Tito's vodka and Melon Sprig soda) and others from the menu. "It was crazy. We were selling so many … [Read more...] about CBD food, drinks pulled from menus in metro Detroit
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Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Published 12:00 AM EST Jan 20, 2019 This happens a lot. I’m visiting with someone, or having a meeting, and for some reason I need to make a call, and I reach in my pocket and take out my phone … And the person breaks out laughing. “No way,” they chortle. Or, “Oh, please.” This is because I use a flip phone. The same flip phone I have used for years. I cannot tell you when I first got it, that’s how far back it goes. It is small and black with some red trim on the front, and it says “Verizon” near the bottom, but I don’t know anything else about it. Not its model. Not its serial number. Not its memory or its gigabytes. I just know it rings and I answer it. Sue me. I don’t care about phones. To me, they are there for talking and for hanging up. I don’t need to carry the world in my pocket. I don’t need to post my life. I don’t need to play “Clash of … [Read more...] about Mitch Albom: I still use a flip phone. Here’s why.