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."
About 150 military police officers and Guard tried to fulfill the court's decision and prevent the realization of the Marijuana March in Campinas (SP) on Sunday. However, the protesters ignored the ruling and mobilized in the streets after replacing the name of the rally with a march of shame, against allegations of corruption involving city officials.
Politicians of the first echelon of the city as well as business and servers, were accused of a scheme of fraud and bribery charges in procurement of Campinas. The corruption investigation culminated on 20 May with the arrest of 11 of 20 people against whom warrants had been issued. The deputy mayor, Demetrius Vilagra (PT), who was in Europe and was considered a fugitive, was arrested when he arrived in Brazil on Thursday, being released about 24 hours later.
Scheduled for 13h, the mobilization began under heavy police surveillance. During the protest, about 150 people called for the decriminalization of marijuana. Young people, most aged up to 20 years, insisted on shouting slogans like "Out Dictatorship", "Legalize already" and "We want to talk."
The Marijuana March was banned by Judge Maurice Henrique Guimarães Pereira Filho, of the 5th criminal court of Campinas. The judge justified that "it is not the magistrate, this time make any judgment about the intention of seeing the size and consequent use of cannabis sativa L, elencada as an illicit drug to be decriminalized, but to analyze and eventually curb practices that frame types are incriminating criminal and have nothing to do with the desire to see healthy changes to criminal law."
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."