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."
Iowa marijuana March 2008. Reschedule, relegalize, end incarceration. Iowa State Capitol. 12-4 PM (west grounds). Birdland Park (north) 2PM-sundown. (March from Capitol at 3pm to Birdland Park). Live music featuring Johnny Reeferseed and the Highrollers and more. More to follow!!!!!!!!!
Des Moines: Terry Mitchell (515) 789-4442; 608 Dallas St., Dexter, Iowa 50070 http://www.iowanorml.org/ or Iowa NORML, PO Box 2144, Davenport, IA 52809. 250 in '07! Noon W. Capitol Steps.
Report (from old GMM site): The weather called for rain, but instead it was sunny with high winds. We had the usual 100 or so gather at the State Capitol; passed a lot of literature, and heard from 4 speakers, James Getman (Iowa NORML), Reverend Ray Green (Iowa Compassionate Consultants Awareness Network), Terry Mitchell Cures Not Wars), and Jamie Grimm (Johnny Reefersed and the High Rollers). The high winds was making everyone chill so we all moved to Birdland Park for music in the pavilion. Things got a little smoky there, otherwise no trouble from law enforcement. At the Capitol, I showed the Iowa State Policeman my wood pipe and tobacco to avoid a closer inspection, like what happened last year. The good news is that the Ron Paul Revolution is strong in Iowa, and the Iowa Democrats still support cannabis law reform. The bad news is that the elected officials are not moving forward with the wishes of the voters. Overall a good time as usual.
We had a good event as usual, about 60 to 70 in attendance. No extra law enforcement, just the regular Capitol cop driving around. Terry Mitchell, Carl Olsen, and myself did most of the speaking. A few volunteers shared their stories. Terry raffled off a DVD of Grass the Movie, and two cannabis logo potato sacks.
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."