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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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Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat

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A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us

A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.

Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.

The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.

In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.

Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.

 

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Urgent health warning for Australian gardeners following death of Sydney woman

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An urgent health warning for Australian gardeners following the death of a 60-year-old woman

Health authorities in Sydney are on high alert, after a woman was killed while handling potting mix.

The 60-year-old inhaled bacteria from the mix, causing her to fall sick with Legionnaires’ disease.

While, it is common to find the bacteria in potting mix, it can also be found in air conditioning vents and water systems.

Symptoms to look out for include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches and shortness of breath.

Experts are now urging gardeners to wear a face mask and gloves when in the garden.

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Violence erupts across China over lockdowns

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There have been more protests on the streets of Shanghai, as frustrations rise over China’s strict Zero Covid policy.

Demonstrations are also spreading to other cities following a deadly apartment fire in the far west of the country – with some linking the tragedy to the continued lockdowns.

Hundreds have taken to the streets in eight cities in China after the tragedy was blamed on Xi Jinping’s draconian zero-Covid lockdown.

From Beijing to Shanghai, the deaths have led to protests across China and police have descended onto the streets to keep order as tensions boil over.

Video on social media showed hundreds of workers marching on a road and confronted by riot police as well as people wearing hazmat suits.

The protest turned violent — footage shared with AFP and captured by a factory worker showed one person lying inert on the ground next to a man in a blood-spattered jacket having his head bound in an apparent effort to staunch a wound.

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