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Welp, Woody Harrelson's weed dispensary application got shot down


But, but...weed is for the people, it's the people's weed. On Friday, longtime weed enthusiast Woody Harrelson lost a Hawaii-wide bid for licensing a medical marijuana dispensary through his company Simple Organic Living LLC. The State of Hawaii Department of Health opened applications for "a total of eight dispensary licenses: three for the City & County ofHonolulu, two for Hawaii County, two for Maui County and one for Kauai County." According to Reuters, the state "did not specifically say why the actor's application was denied." Sure, he's not too upset, though.

[VentureBeat] The 3 Most Valuable Applications Of AI In Healthcare - GQR


While there is still much to overcome to achieve AI-dependent healthcare, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could prove to be a self-running growth engine for the health sector in the not-so-distant future. A recent report from Accenture focusing on the potential of 10 AI applications determined the "near-term value" of AI in healthcare and how the impact of rapid technology stacks up against the upfront costs of implementation. Results from the report show that an estimated $150 billion could be saved through the application of AI in the U.S. healthcare economy by 2026. Below are the top three AI applications with the most significant value potential in healthcare, according to the report's findings. To learn more about AI revolutionizing in the healthcare industry, check out the original article from Venture Beat.

Welfare applications in Japan up 24.8 percent in April

The Japan Times

Welfare benefit applications submitted in Japan in April increased 24.8 percent from a year before to 21,486, exceeding 20,000 for the second consecutive month, preliminary data showed Wednesday. The welfare ministry said that changes in employment conditions following temporary suspensions of businesses may have contributed to the spike in welfare applications. Prefectures around Japan urged businesses to close temporarily after the central government declared a state of emergency over the COVID-19 epidemic in early April. The ministry also predicted that the number of applications will rise even further. The number of households receiving aid for the first time in April stood at 19,362, up 14.8 percent.

Japan kicks off application process for ¥100,000 virus-relief handouts

The Japan Times

About 40 percent of the nation's municipalities began accepting online applications for the government's ¥100,000 universal cash handout program, internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi said Friday. Application processing for the coronavirus-relief payments is now underway in 679 of Japan's 1,741 municipalities, she said. The cash handouts are part of the government's economic relief package designed to ease the impact of the pandemic. The internal affairs ministry plans to call on other municipalities to follow suit as quickly as possible so distribution of the benefits can start by the end of the month. Those looking to receive the handout must submit an application listing their bank account information to their local municipality, either by mail or online.