Happy Sunday! Today's headlines take a look at what is currently happening around the country. New Jersey weed entrepreneurs look for legal loopholes to sell product while waiting for licensing, a population decrease globally could have dier lasting effects, Connecticut refuses implementation of vaccine passport, workers across America are hesitant to return to spaces that do not value them as employees, and cruises fight to get back into business. These topics all grace front cover news across the country. These headlines of daily news are courtesy of Newseum.
The Star-Ledger Published in Jersey City, NJ
New Jersey is the latest state to hop on the legalization of weed. However, the licenses to sell weed are still months away. Entrempanuers hoping to cash in on the new and fairly well-known lucrative business are hoping to start turning a profit sooner through a legal loophole, gifting. It’s a scheme popular in other states and particularly in Washington, D.C. A company lets you buy cookies, snacks, or brownies that come with sticker shock of $50 or more. But when they make the delivery, it comes with a suggested gift: maybe a cannabis edible or an ounce of flower. The legalization of marijuana and decriminalization of the possession of the substance was signed into effect back in November. While the gift-giving of marijuana is technically legal many have spoken out against it as it does not allow for regulation of the market which is important in a new product market.
New York Times Published in New York, NY
All over the world, countries are confronting population stagnation. the demographic forces — pushing toward more deaths than births — seem to be expanding and accelerating. Maternity wards shutting down, schools unable to find students, and communities slowly disappearing are all direct effects. A planet with fewer people could ease pressure on resources, slow the destructive impact of climate change and reduce household burdens for women. But the census announcements this month from China and the United States, which showed the slowest rates of population growth in decades for both countries, also point to hard-to-fathom adjustment
New Haven Registered Published in New Haven, CT
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has been quite vocal in the past about the unnecessary need for vaccine passports. Over in New York, governor Cumou has spoken about using the Excelsior App to show proof of both negative covid tests and those who are fully vaccinated. He states, if businesses wanted to use the app he would be for it but many are monitoring the situation themselves and Lamont feels they are more than capable of doing so themselves without government interference. Lamont has maintained that vaccine passports could be introduced in Connecticut through the private sector. But it also leaves enforcement of masks for unvaccinated residents up to businesses with some large retailers relying on the honor system.
Houston Chronicle Published in Houston, TX
There’s a wild card in the push to return to pre-pandemic life, especially in Texas where many are pushing to decrease unemployment benefits to force workers back. Layoffs and lockdowns, combined with enhanced unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, gave many Americans the time and the financial cushion to rethink their careers. Their former employers are hiring again — and some, like Uber and McDonald's, are offering higher pay — but workers remain hesitant. Many have come to realize they were being overworked and underpaid and will no longer accept that sort of treatment, they were often told they were easily replaceable but it does not look like it at the moment. Health concerns and child care responsibilities seem to be the main reasons holding workers back. The exuberant cost of childcare is reason enough to not return to work if possible.
Birmingham News, Published in Birmingham, Ala. USA
Alabama legislation banning so-called “vaccine passports” likely won’t help anyone cruising out of Mobile who are not vaccinated. Cruise lines argue there’s no mandate for any other business to have vaccine proof as a requirement. In Mobile, the state’s only cruise industry presence, officials are confident that Carnival Cruise Line will not require proof of vaccinations once cruising resumes. A change came this past week when the CDC ruled that cruise lines are not required to test fully vaccinated passengers before embarking on a trip or upon returning to port. Unvaccinated passengers would need to be tested before boarding a ship and between all other sailings
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