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."
This years march was 15 consecutive years for us here in Manley Hot Springs ! The march started at 1:30 P.M. on the North end of the bridge crossing Hot Springs Slough and followed our usual route to the U.S. Post Office building in the center of town. While we had several participants due to the small size of our community only 2 would participate in a photo to be submitted here. As the march ended at the Post office there were several community members there and we engaged in lively discussions as to the general benefits of Medical use, recreational use, and the fact that in Alaska it is legal to indulge within the privacy of your home. Sales, transport, gifts are not allowed but still the right to privacy in the State Constitution prevails. Alaska is also one of the 11 U.S. states that have medical Use laws on the books.
Following the march there was the usual gathering at the river which was not frozen this year as the ice had went out 2 days earlier. Those there enjoyed each others company , the good vibe and sense of coming together to support something that we believe in. Our goal as always is to increase awareness of responsible cannabis use, increase our participants for next year and as always.
The March began shortly after 2 P.M. from the east end of the bridge at Hot Springs Slough. Due to the small size of our community (50 year round residents) only 3 people participated in the actual march, although we did make quite a racket and got the attention of other residents on our way to the U.S. Post Office building, because of the small size of our community only one would participate in a photo. We then moved our Rally down to the river landing where our group quickly expanded to about 10 adults.(20% of our pop) The music, food, and vibe flowed freely amongst all while enjoying each others company on a nice afternoon waiting for the ice to go out on the still frozen Tanana River. Our goal is to increase our marchers for next year. We thank all those who marched around the world for helping the cause of individual rights and freedoms!
FREE THE WEED !!!
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."