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The different worlds of legal weed: Divides along race, class


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High school students view it as a pastime. Entrepreneurs see an up-and-coming industry. White celebrities and suburbanites flaunt it as their quirk.

Alarming rates of Black people are still in prison for it.

The recent prominence of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has reignited the fight against police brutality, along with a plethora of other issues that harm Black and lower-income communities. One issue that has come to light is the legalization of marijuana. This is not necessarily a plea for sweeping legislation, but rather a reexamination of who has benefited from its legalization, and who its criminalization has hurt.

In recent years, many states have legalized marijuana, reduced sentencing for possession, or decriminalized it. In all but three states, it is legal for medical use, and eleven states have legalized its recreational use. This has prompted the growth of

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California Privacy Proposal Divides Privacy Advocates As Vote Nears

A privacy proposal on the ballot in California next month has divided advocates as voters in the state appear poised to pass what could become the new de facto standard for the U.S.

Opponents of the California Privacy Rights Act in recent weeks have stepped up closing arguments over how aspects of the 52-page proposal could actually weaken a benchmark privacy law that the state began enforcing in July. The criticisms contrast starkly with the stated purpose of the ballot measure, which privacy experts say will set ground rules for much of the digital economy in lieu of a federal standard.

“The text is riddled with things that seem like small changes but in fact will reduce the privacy protections we have today,” said Mary Stone Ross, who helped lead the group behind the California Consumer Privacy Act—the existing law—and is pushing against the proposed replacement.

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Proposal to simplify small business pay divides employers in industrial talks

Its advocates say it would also make employers less wary of hiring new staff as the coronavirus pandemic eases but others argue it would discourage businesses from taking on staff above the small business threshold, which could be as low as 15 people.


Sources involved in the working groups, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are confidential, said the proposal had received a favourable reception from Industrial Relations Minister Christian Porter, who is leading the process.

Mid-sized and large employers will not benefit from the award changes, meaning they will have to negotiate with unions on enterprise agreements if they want similar simplified rules.

A proposal to make it easier to approve those agreements has won joint backing from the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Business Council of Australia, which represents the country’s largest companies including Coles and McDonalds.

Under the plan unions

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