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Festivals forced to adapt as climate change disrupts historic weather patterns

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Climate change’s disruptive weather patterns force festivals to adapt

As the climate changes, organizers are finding it challenging to schedule and plan festivals that depend on historic weather patterns.

When spring arrives, fragrant flower and sweet fruit festivals can’t be far behind. 

But in some places, these historic and beloved festivals are occurring sooner than ever, as climate change plays havoc with the first dates of spring leafing and blossoming on at least three continents. 

Warmer temperatures mean earlier buds and blooms, and that is forcing organizers of some festivals to move their dates forward.  A flower festival just isn’t the same if the blooms have already vanished.

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Razzies royally torch 'Diana' musical and 'Space Jam 2,' show love to Oscar favorite Will Smith

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As more marijuana dispensaries get targeted by robbers, SAFE Banking Act lingers in Congress

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Weed dispensaries targeted by robbers: Will SAFE Banking Act help?

A bill that could allow electronic transactions at weed dispensaries nationwide is again make its way through Congress but the SAFE Banking Act might not be the cure-all that supporters envision.

In over a decade of operating cannabis shops in Washington, Shea Hynes never once worried about his stores getting robbed at gun point – until recently: In a span of three weeks, his stores were robbed three different times at gun point.

Reports of armed robberies at cannabis dispensaries like Hynes’ have nearly doubled in the first quarter of this year compared with all of last year, according to data maintained by the Craft Cannabis Coalition. The group, which represents more than 50 stores in Washington, has recorded more than 65 armed robberies so far this year, compared with 35 in 2021 and 29 in 2020. 

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