Ending the federal marijuana prohibition is necessary to right the wrongs of this failed war and end decades of harm inflicted on communities of color across the country.
The statement reads.
The senators believe the "war on drugs" has been more of a "war on people," and it is time to enact new measures that will help those who have been "unfairly" targeted for decades.
“We are committed to working together to put forward and advance comprehensive cannabis reform legislation that will not only turn the page on this sad chapter in American history, but also undo the devastating consequences of these discriminatory policies," the joint statement reads.
The trio says they plan to release a unified discussion draft on comprehensive reform in the early part of 2021 to "ensure restorative justice, protect public health and implement responsible taxes and regulations."
This comes after House Democrats passed the MORE act in December 2020, which had a goal of decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level, but it was quickly shut down by the then-Republican-controlled senate.
Things are different this time around, as the senate is now split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, but Vice President Kamala Harris would issue the tie-breaking vote if it came to that.
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A new survey suggests that Canadian credit cards are going to get put to good use once COVID-19 restrictions ease up.
Conducted by insurance comparison website RATESDOTCA, the study suggests that 72% of Canadians expect they'll increase their post-pandemic monthly credit card spending in certain areas, primarily on dining and travelling.
Despite that, though, the survey suggests some Canadians won't spend as much money after the pandemic as they did before it started.
While 42% of respondents say their monthly travelling spending dropped once the pandemic began, only 36% say they'll increase their spending back to pre-pandemic levels.
And while 39% of respondents said their spending at restaurants dropped by $50 during the pandemic, only 33% of respondents say they'll go back to spending that extra $50 at restaurants each month.
History was made at a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in East York as it set Canada's record for most doses administered at one location in a single day.
The Thorncliffe Park Community Hub clinic administered 10,470 vaccine doses on Sunday, May 16, Toronto East Health Network (TEHN) announced on Twitter. Michael Garron Hospital shared photos of the clinic on Monday, which even has a live DJ to keep the energy high.
CBC Toronto shared a video capturing the cheers and celebrations that ensued when the clinic reached its 10,000-dose milestone — according to TEHN, the Thorncliffe Park clinic is made up of 108 volunteers, 74 pharmacy staff, 65 vaccinators, 55 registration clerks, and dozens of other team members.
Prime Minister Trudeau tweeted his congratulations to the clinic, saying, "This is exactly the kind of determination and teamwork it's going to take to beat this virus. A big thank you to everyone who helped make it happen."