Grapevine: Weed welfare on the way in Berkeley, California

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Talk of the Town

Egypt is trying to pull the plug on social media.

The country's top Islamic authority has issued a Fatwa -- a religious edict -- banning online chats between unrelated men and women -- quote -- "because they are one of the tools of the devil and a way of spreading discord and corruption."

This from a country where social media, of course, played a significant role in the 2011 uprisings.

A local theology professor calls the idea unrealistic.

Quote -- "Social networking sites have become part of our life and cannot be denied. Chats could be religiously permissible or impermissible depending on their content."

Opting Out

No home cooking for the first lady. Township High School District 214, about 30 miles Northwest of Chicago, has dropped the National School Lunch Program -- the healthy foods agenda spearheaded by Michelle Obama.

School officials say forfeiting nearly $1 million in federal funding is worth it for more food freedom.

Items back on the menu include hard boiled eggs, hummus and pretzels.

The associate superintendent says the bottom line is the federal program is too restrictive.

Now the district he says can sell healthy options the kids will actually eat.

Green City

Finally, weed welfare is on the way in Berkeley, California.

The City Council has unanimously approved free medical marijuana for anyone making less than $32,000 a year.

Some are quite high on the decision others are not.

A lobbyist for a police organization says -- quote -- "Instead of taking steps to help the most economically vulnerable residents get out of that state, the city has said, 'let's just get everybody high."

Supporters say the decision is up to the community and was democratically decided. Plus, they say, some dispensaries have been doing it for years.