August 19, 2022

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Marijuana Drink Company, Ukrainian Dispensary Owner Raising Funds for War Refugees

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Rita Tsalyuk has been to her hometown once in the last thirty years, and she probably won’t be going back soon.

A Jewish native of Ukraine, Tsalyuk says the Soviet Union still controlled her hometown of Kyiv when she left the country in 1991. With little desire to return to a place she remembers as authoritative, repressed and dangerous for her people, Tsalyuk didn’t return to Kyiv until 21 years later.

“I left and I didn’t want to go back. Then I finally did go back, and I noticed things had changed drastically. People were happier in the street, and they saw a future. It was a different country. Now they have a Jewish president, and it’s more of a democracy,” she recalls.

Tsalyuk is now an owner of Yuma Way, a dispensary chain with six stores in metro Denver and three stores in…

Thomas Mitchell

2022-04-15 06:55:00

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