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Published: Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Remember candy cigarettes?

Ever try to light a Tootsie Roll? Tobacco companies are using the same fruit flavor additives used in candies and Kool-Aid to make small flavored cigars, raising concerns that the candy-like flavors are being used to hook teens on tobacco.

The tobacco companies angrily denied the charge, then excused themselves to continue work on their new Nacho Cheese Doritos cigar.

First Bank of Cannabis: Colorado is attempting to steer its legal marijuana industry away from a cash-based system and into a financial model similar to banks. Under the plan, pot growers and retailers would pool their money in a financial cooperative to allow the use of “merchant services,” including credit cards and checks.

“Uh, dude,” a Colorado grower asked a lawmaker, “can't I just barter my pot for, like, a moped and some hemp bracelets?”

Don't know much about history: On this day in 1961, FCC Chairman Newton Minnow decried TV as a “vast wasteland."

The bad news: The wasteland has grown by hundreds of channels since then. The good news: Remotes make the wasteland easier to surf.

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