In first Reform on Tap meeting, panelists lay out what's at stake for MD brewing

Politicians in suits and brewers in t-shirts sat side by side in a conference room on the Johns Hopkins University campus, beckoned here by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot.

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Fast Foodie: Wendy's goes Panera with the Fresh Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich

In a world of Baconators, Big Macs, and fried chicken taco shells, fast food seems to revel in its role as spectacular junk food. Until, well, it doesn't.

While pushing menu items to new extremes by heaping on meat, condiments, or snack food won't go out of style anytime soon, every now and then a fast food chain will take a stab at something for the health-niks and/or fast-casual set.

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Weed minimalism with Blue Rhino, a doom metal-like strain

A zone-out-and-lie-down sort of weed that'll make your joints hum a whole bunch and the holes around your eyeballs throb a little bit, Blue Rhino provides a steady, unwavering high and has a one-note stoned kind of thing going on.

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What goes better with pretzels than beer? Celebrate National Pretzel Day at Das Bier Haus

April 26

Today in fake food holidays, it's National Pretzel Day. Snyder's of Hanover even sent the City Paper staff a huge box of its pretzels just to mark the occasion. Thanks, Snyder's! Pretzels are a pretty solid, functional snack, nice and salty without packing in a ton of calories, but as "Seinfeld" once famously noted, they make you thirsty.

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Why I’m Growing Weed: The absurdity of Georgia’s medical marijuana law

I’m growing marijuana. I have a flowerpot in my house sitting under a purple grow light with marijuana in it. And it’s illegal.

So why is a middle-aged, small-town newspaper publisher growing marijuana? And why am I writing about that if it’s illegal?

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"Medical marijuana refugee" Laurie Gaddis uses cannabis to treat her skin cancer

"I’ve been preaching about cannabis cures cancer since 2008,” Laurie Gaddis says. And she’s been preaching it because it works.

Gaddis moved to Colorado from Arizona after she was diagnosed with a rare form of skin cancer she says comes from her father’s exposure to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. She calls herself medical marijuana refugee for nearly a decade.

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