Packed, maskless rallies and marches are Covid super-spreader events. Though less young people are dying, they still spread Covid to others. More spread equals more deaths. See map of world vaccination rates by country. Many events are virtual online events.
31 Mar 2021: New York Becomes 15th State To Legalize Marijuana.. "Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Wednesday [March 31, 2021] ... The legislation automatically clears the records of those with past marijuana-related convictions ... State lawmakers passed the legislation mainly along party lines late Tuesday, [clueless Republicans opposed it]."
22 Jan 2021: Recreational marijuana sales kick off in Arizona.. "Recreational marijuana sales have started in Arizona, with many of the state's medical-marijuana dispensaries getting the OK on Friday [Jan 22, 2021] to open sales to anyone 21 or older. ... It is the fastest that any of the 15 states with recreational marijuana has gone from voter approval [Nov 3, 2020] to actual sales."
15 Jan 2021:Local Massachusetts Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Psychedelics Decriminalization Measure. "Oakland, Santa Cruz and Ann Arbor—have also decriminalized possession of plant-and fungi-based psychedelics. In Oregon, November’s election saw the passage of a historic initiative to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for therapeutic purposes. ... Much of this reform progress can be traced back to Denver, which became the first city in the country to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms in May 2019."
The Marijuana March and Festival of Friends was enjoyed by many. It began with 100-200 people gathering at noon to protest the hypocrisy of the marijuana laws. With the assistance of New Urban Transport sharing their area with us we we able to give out posters for the march, and offer shirts and water, as well.
They got to meet our Queen of the event, Ms "Essie" DeBonet. Her battlefront is won gram by gram, pound by pound as she tries to add weight to her frail but vibrant body. To see her shine come out is such a beautiful thing to see.
From there everyone was invited to La Vega Lounge. A place next to the river with a host from the heavens. Andy came through when complications arose from the City as they hesitated on giving their approval. The Event began at 4:00and lasted till 2:00 a.m. where we learned that ending with a thrasher band doesn't sit well with the neighbors according to the police. They were very civil even if they weren't too happy. After receiving the assurance that the festivities were officially over they left shortly thereafter.
But throughout the day we had over 14 bands play with food finally showing up after unexpected problems. The raffle was a big hit as people won a variety of prizes. The Lava Lamp in the shape of a head was one of the prizes. With Birdland, Garcia Mitsubishi, Unwind a Touch, and even our own director Fred McDonald donating items to the raffle there were a lot of happy people at the event.
Again our many thanks to Andy-the Host, Barbie, Rob, John, Mike, Laverna, and Adam for all their help.
And a Big Thanks to the bands. Gonzilla, Ken Carpenter & the Nails, End to End, Astray, DC Scars, Kronic Obsession, Adam Hoox, Mosquito to Moscow, IDK, George W. & the Evildoers, Collateral Hate, Unusual Content, Element 37, Zodiac, and San Pedro.
Ronald Reagan, 1980 campaign speech: "Leading medical researchers are coming to the conclusion that marijuana, pot, grass whatever you want to call it, is probably the most dangerous drug in the United States, and we haven't begun to find out all of the ill effects, but they are permanent ill effects. The loss of memory for example."
"By 2019, Americans earning less than $30,000 a year would be worse off under the Senate bill, CBO found. By 2021, Americans earning $40,000 or less would be net losers, and by 2027, most people earning less than $75,000 a year would be worse off. On the flip side, millionaires and those earning $100,000 to $500,000 would be big beneficiaries".
US federal minimum wage timeline below. Top line is adjusted for inflation. Middle class prosperity peaked under Truman and Roosevelt in the 1950s due to steep progressive taxation where the middle class paid less. And the minimum wage was increased. That also pushed up middle class wages.
Wikipedia: List of countries by wealth per adult - 2019 publication: The average median wealth per adult for Canada ($107,004) is much higher than that of the former great nation, the USA ($65,904). It's due to Republican trickle-down voodoo economics: Giving tax cuts to the rich instead of to the middle class and poor who actually need them. Plus predatory mortgage loans and foreclosure. And predatory unforgivable student loans. Google News search: student debt.
10 Jul 2018: National (US) Pay Trends. "Since 2006, wages have risen 12.9 percent overall in the US. But when you factor in inflation, real wages' have actually fallen 9.3 percent. In other words, the income for a typical worker today buys them less than it did in 2006."
"Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration."