The Daily Populous

Wednesday March 31st, 2021 day edition

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The New York state legislature formally voted to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana for adults and expunge the records of people previously convicted of possession.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, the New York State Assembly voted 100-49 to pass the marijuana legalization bill.

"Tonight, the New York State Legislature took the first step in a major leap forward for the Empire State by passing legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis," he said in a statement.

"New York has a storied history of being the progressive capital of the nation, and this important legislation will once again carry on that legacy," he added.

The tax revenues will be broken up with 9% going to the state and 4% going to localities, according to the legislation.

"This is a massive success for all New Yorkers, especially the Black and brown survivors of racist prohibition," Williams added.

Once the bill is signed, New York will be the 15th state to allow for recreational marijuana among adults. »

New Zealand raises minimum wage and increases taxes on the rich

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New Zealand is raising its minimum wage to $20 an hour and increasing the top tax rate for the country’s highest earners to 39%.

OECD data shows that New Zealand’s previous minimum wage, as of 2019, was already among the top five highest in the world.

The opposition National party opposed the minimum wage increase: “Sharply increasing the minimum wage during a period of extreme uncertainty for small businesses is economic vandalism,” said its workplace relations spokesman, Scott Simpson. »

Leonardo DiCaprio Explains Why He Passed on 'Star Wars' Prequels

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Leonardo DiCaprio was eyed to play Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, but the Hollywood superstar passed on the opportunity.

After taking a meeting with George Lucas years ago, DiCaprio didn't feel he was the right fit, he said in a recent interview with ShortList magazine.

Ford reprised his role for the latest Star Wars installment, which is on its way to becoming the highest-grossing film of all time. »

Competition is not helping keep insulin prices low

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Companies then raised the price per milliliter $2.28 in the quarter after a potential competitor cleared stage-four trials.

There was no significant effect when drugs cleared first- and second-stage trials — likely because they were still far from approval, the authors suggested.

Rather, they're insulin drugs that do the same thing existing insulins do, in a biologically different way. »

Raised fists, kneeling during anthem OK at U.S. Olympic trials

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The International Olympic Committee's Rule 50 is an ongoing source of friction across the globe.

Many U.S. athletes have led the call for more freedom in using their platform at the Olympics to advance social justice causes.

Their raised fists on the medals stand in Mexico City led to the seminal snapshot of social protest in sports history. »