In a country that has long cherished the freedom of expression, we cannot allow a limited number of online platforms to hand pick the speech that Americans may access and convey on the internet. This practice is fundamentally un-American and anti-democratic. When large, powerful social media companies censor opinions with which they disagree, they exercise a dangerous power. They cease functioning as passive bulletin boards, and ought to be viewed and treated as content creators.
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube wield immense, if not unprecedented, power to shape the interpretation of public events; to censor, delete, or disappear information; and to control what people see or do not see.
Online platforms are engaging in selective censorship that is harming our national discourse. Tens of thousands of Americans have reported, among other troubling behaviors, online platforms “flagging” content as inappropriate, even though it does not violate any stated terms of service; making unannounced and unexplained changes to company policies that have the effect of disfavoring certain viewpoints; and deleting content and entire accounts with no warning, no rationale, and no recourse.
As reported by Interest Engineering, researchers at the University of Lethbridge in Canada have found that certain cannabis strains may reduce COVID-19's ability to infect the lungs, as well as other susceptible tissues along the intestines and oral cavity.
Close to $1 million a day in marijuana flower, vaping oil and edibles is still being sold, despite coronavirus restrictions that limit sales to curbside pickup and delivery.
With approximately $27 million in April sales, the recreational marijuana industry continues its ascent as governments fill their coffers with new tax revenue, despite the coronavirus pandemic and a forced about-face within the industry.
A new bill filed in Mexico’s federal legislature would legalize adult-use cannabis nationwide in an effort to curtail the financial impact of COVID-19 and kickstart a new revenue stream, both for individuals, and the country as a whole.
First reported by Jose Rodrigo at Benzinga, the new bill would allow adults 18 years and older to possess up to 28 grams of weed and to personally cultivate 20 plants yielding 480 grams of bud per year. And unlike the legal weed destinations in the US, the latest Mexican legalization plan would allow public pot consumption anywhere that smoking tobacco is accepted. Additionally, the legislation would create a Mexican Institute of Regulation and Control of Cannabis to oversee the legal market.