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U.S. VP says Americans shouldn’t go to jail because of weed

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President Joe Biden took executive action last week, pardoning all prior federal offences of ‘simple marijuana’ possession

He want to wants to lift the burden for those who have been denied employment, housing or any opportunity because of the conviction.

Vice President Kamala Harris took to the stage to support the move, ending her speech with a statement that left the crowd roaring in applause

In a statement, the President says:

“There are thousands of people who have prior federal convictions for marijuana possession, who may be denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities.”

“My action will help relieve the collateral consequences arising from these convictions.”

The move was one of Biden’s campaign promises and will likely please members of his left-leaning supporter base as the nation’s midterm elections approach.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland will now develop an “administrative process” to issue certificates of pardon to impacted citizens.

State governors are also being urged to take similar steps.

But as federal and state regulation of marijuana changes, Biden warns “important limitations on trafficking, marketing, and under-age sales should stay in place”.

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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