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A regional term for marijuana cigarette

straw

1. mature, dry foliage of a cereal crop after the grain has been harvested by a header or by threshing. Has very low digestibility, energy and protein content. Used principally as bedding but in some economies is used as feed. Causes impaction of the rumen in cattle and ileocecal valve in horses. Is more digestible if chopped and fed with a protein supplement or urea. If left standing in the field is referred to as stubble. When fed in this way there is a variable amount of spilt grain available also.
2. a hollow, plastic tube used for the storage of frozen semen. See also french straws.

straw eating
a vice in stabled horses which may require muzzling to avoid the occurrence of impaction colic.
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Councillor Burns added: "The Final Straw campaign aims to reduce the use of plastic straws in order to cut down on the environmental damage caused by single-use plastic items.
Since the launch of the Sunday Mail's Last Straw campaign last month, companies and bodies such as ScotRail, the National Trust for Scotland and the Scotch Whisky Association have pledged to move away from plastic straws.
He will ditch straws once his stock runs out and also swap plastic bottles for glass and cans at The Stag, Dumfries.
AGROWING number of Teesside pubs, clubs and restaurants are calling last orders on plastic straws - so is it time we got used to just sipping our drinks instead?
London has also seen a significant amount of bars move away from straw and napkins etc - as well as other cities across the UK.
Spirits giant Pernod Ricard USA at press time had just announced a global initiative to ban non-biodegradable plastic straws and stirrers in its business.
Pre-delivery straw values in Wales are now standing at around PS125 per tonne with anecdotal reports of barley straw fetching an eye-watering PS150 in parts of Britain.
Growing interest in using sugar cane straw to produce 2G ethanol and/or bioelectricity has raised concerns about the effects of the removal of crop residues from the field in relation to the sustainability of sugar cane agroecosystems (Leal et al.
Although the high moisture content was measured in both litter substrates and the high frequency of severe FPD was estimated in both groups of broilers, pelleted straw showed lower moisture content, occurrence and severity of FPD (2.
Model Brooklyn Decker, hip-hop trio De La Soul, and celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson all care about this straw situation so much that they were willing to appear in yet another line-up-multiple-celebrities-in-a-row PSA (prostate-specific antigen), in which they allow straws to be smacked out of their mouths by a giant octopus tentacle.
I was shocked by the video of the sea turtle with a straw in his nostril," Chivorn said.
Using something as useless as straw to create alluring pieces of art is a testament to the brilliance and mastery of this artist.