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Book Company Gifts Marijuana With Every Purchase

Getting a free gift when you purchase a new book is always fun, but how would you react if that gift was some pot?

BlazeMichigan is a new Ann Arbor based book-selling company that gives patrons a small portion of marijuana with every book bundle purchase. You can purchase a $65 bundle that includes two used books and four free “edible” gifts or a $400 bundle with twenty-four books and fifty-six gifts.

The business was started in January by Stephanie Swearengin and Chris Rau. As of today, their website has reported over 759 books have been purchased and counting.

Marijuana laws in Michigan is a bit tricky. As of December 2018, recreational marijuana is allowed, but selling it is still illegal. Swearengin insists that they do not sell marijuana, but she acknowledges the gray area that her practice creates.

“We’ve talked to multiple lawyers about the issue and as far as we can tell it’s just a large gray area. Just like medical dispensaries. I mean with the state and the federal law, it’s already a gray area. Even though medical marijuana has been legal, they can still get shut down by the feds. So if you ask me it’s all kind of gray.”

Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz has issued a stern warning to the company. “People engaging in this activity are definitely subjecting themselves to potential prosecution.”



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A Book Made Out of Cheese Is Actually a Thing

If a book doesn’t contain any words, is it really a book? That’s the question a lot of people have been asking after the inclusion of a very curious piece of “literature” at the University of Michigan library.

Jamie Lausch Vander Broek, the art and design librarian for the university, acquired a book titled 20 Slices last year. It is a small book containing twenty Kraft cheese slices sandwiched together. And that’s it. That’s the whole book.

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The inclusion of the cheese book has garnered a divided response from people at the University. Nevertheless, it has sparked an interesting discussion on what a “book really is. According to Broek, that was the idea.


“It engaged this part of people that has a really developed, but probably not conscious, sense of what a book is and should be. There’s almost a morality associated with the physical nature of a book, and this was an aberration. And I thought, ‘Wow, if it can make people who talk about books every day feel like that, then this is perfect.’”


The book was designed by New York artist Ben Denzer. Other book-related art pieces he’s made include books made out of ketchup packets, ice cream sandwiches, and even books on wheels.


You can find them on his website.



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