The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has become the first municipality in Australia to legalize the possession, use, and cultivation of small quantities of marijuana. Under the new law, adults in the region will be able to grow up to two plants each, and possess up to 50 grams per person. However, there is a limit of four plants per household.
The law will not take effect immediately but will become official starting on January 31, 2020.
However, the situation is very similar to that in the United States, where the law has been changed locally, but at a federal level, it is still illegal, under what is known as the Commonwealth laws in Australia.
It is unclear how the superior government will react to its territories going against their policy, but many residents of the ACT fear that they could still face legal consequences from the Australian government for using cannabis, even after the plant is legalized locally. According to ABC, ACT police officers will still have the authority to arrest people for cannabis if they want to, leaving much more room for prosecution than legalization bills in the United States have.
Growing, possessing and smoking marijuana will soon be legal in the nation's capital. The ACT Parliament has passed a bill, permitting cannabis for personal use. It takes effect in January, but critics say it'll lead to increased drug use. https://t.co/Tj7sWSTMEU @telester #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/8Ab7OgX6jA
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) September 25, 2019
If politicians in the commonwealth are seriously opposed to the legalization efforts in the ACT, they will still have the power to cancel the bill out through their own legislation.
Many cannabis activists in the ACT say that the bill does not go far enough, and continues to put cannabis users at risk of arrest.
Local police have promised to play nice and go along with the law for the most part. A police representative said that they will not focus on the average cannabis user but instead go after the drug trade and organized crime that may be involved with trafficking large amounts.
However, there are a few things that will still probably get the average cannabis user in trouble in the ACT, like smoking in public or anywhere near children, or growing plants that are not hidden from the public.
The commonwealth government has also stated that while they do not entirely recognize this decision, they will consider the new law if or when a resident of the ACT faces prosecution.
The bill was initially brought forward by Labor MLA Michael Pettersson, who says that he did the best he could with this legislation, and believes that this will be an important first step towards a fuller legalization policy. Pettersson eventually wants to see full-scale commercialization of a recreational market for cannabis in ACT, and hopefully the rest of Australia.
Pettersson says that creating a recreational market will allow customers to obtain the plant legally and would take a huge revenue source away from organized crime and drug cartels.
After legalization proved to be successful in many of the areas that it was implemented, the idea is now starting to spread all over the world, although different areas seem to be moving more cautiously than others. In the case of Australia, hopefully, this is a big first step towards a broader legalization policy that includes a commercial market.
Photos Show Epstein Cuddling With Young Girl On Private Jet
New photos that were recently obtained by journalists at The Daily Mail show Jeffrey Epstein cuddling with a sleeping young girl. The photos are said to have been taken on Epstein’s notorious private jet. The late billionaire pedophile reportedly took the girl to Disney World and was returning home with her when the photos were taken.
The most disturbing image shows Epstein sitting in his airplane with the young girl laying on top of his lap. Other photos showed the group’s trip to Disney World, where Epstein, the young girl, and others were seen posing with Disney characters like “Piglet” from “Winnie The Pooh.”
The young girl in the photos has not been identified, and it is not clear if she was one of Epstein’s victims, but the images certainly paint an ugly picture.
The Disney trip reportedly took place in 2004, which was a few years before he was first arrested. However, many victims say that his abusive behavior goes back far earlier than 2004.
Epstein’s associate and one-time girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell is also believed to have been on the trip, although she does not appear in any of the photos. Some of the faces on the photos are blurred out.
A source who was on the trip said, “It was a fun day. We ate in a restaurant with two of Jeffrey’s friends who he met there. Jeffrey however did not eat lunch. I hardly ever saw him eat at a restaurant. Food always had to be prepared by a personal chef.”
The source also said that Epstein and his entourage had full VIP access to the theme park and never had to wait in any lines.
“We were given a VIP tour of the park and someone was escorting us around from ride to ride. The group never had to be in line for a ride or a rollercoaster, we went to the front of the line each time,” the source told the Mail.
The source also claimed that the photo was innocent, despite how bad it looks in the context of what we now know about Epstein.
“It had been a long day and the girl just fell asleep in his arms. The picture is terrifying based upon what we know now but it was entirely innocent,” the source said.
Epstein reportedly flew about ten other people to Disney World for the Trip, including Ghislaine Maxwell, his personal assistant Sarah Kellen and Slovakian model Nadia Marcinkova.
New details about Epstein’s crimes and his associates are expected to be revealed during the upcoming criminal trial against Ghislaine Maxwell. Epstein and Maxwell were connected with major players on both sides of the political spectrum who have a lot to lose if Maxwell discusses their involvement with Epstein’s criminal network. With how many people that Epstein was connected to there is no telling what can be revealed in the upcoming trial.
Epstein allegedly died in his jail cell on August 10, 2019. The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. Epstein’s lawyers have disputed the ruling, and there has been significant public skepticism about the true cause of his death.
Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Were Released In Florida
Environmentalist groups have been warning about the danger of releasing genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild for years, but a plan to release the GM insects in the United States for the first time is scheduled to continue as planned.
Millions of GM mosquitoes will be released in the Florida Keys as a part of a pilot program that officials hope will reduce the spread of diseases like dengue, yellow fever, and the Zika virus.
The unprecedented release is being orchestrated by the British-based biotechnology firm Oxitec, and the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District (FKMCD), according to Reuters.
The project hopes to reduce the prevalence of the Aedes aegypti species, which is responsible for spreading many infections diseases.
On May 1st, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted an experimental use permit to Oxitecon for the release of the mosquitoes.
While regulators have signed off on the program and are confident of its safety, local residents are obviously very concerned about these insects being released in their back yards.
The plan has already been set into motion, and some of the insects have already been released. Oxitec opened about 6 boxes containing the OX5034 modified mosquito in the Florida Keys last week.
In theory, these genetically modified male mosquitos will mate with wild females, and their genetics will cause the children to die, which they hope will lead to a total collapse of the wild population.
However, there are also many different things that can go wrong with this type of live experiment, and there is growing concern among scientists that this technology may not be ready for deployment. Many experts have also suggested that the risks have not been studied thoroughly enough. Some scientists are warning about the potential unintended consequences that can come from unleashing such insects into the wild. For example, researchers are entirely unaware of what type of allergic reactions that these insects could cause if they interact with people.
Meredith Fensom, Oxitec’s head of global public affairs, told Reuters about the release.
“Inside we have a small container, and this is what we put the mosquito eggs in. We also have a small container for food. We leave it open. And then we fill the box, less than halfway full, with water. We close the lid, and after a week or two, our non-biting male mosquitoes begin to emerge,” she said.
Scientists have begun a new phase in the testing of genetically modified mosquitos designed to help eradicate malaria in Africa. NPR's @robsteinnews explains what the mutation does: pic.twitter.com/XvpYMXghck
— Up First (@UpFirst) February 20, 2019
These boxes contained roughly 12,000 mosquitoes, but the Oxitec says that they plan to release tens of millions of these incects in the region throughout the year.
This is not the first time that the company has released GM mosquitoes into the wild, this is just the first time that it has been done in the United States. Oxitec has previously launched similar projects in places like Brazil, Panama, the Cayman Islands and Malaysia, where they claim to have a success rate of over 90%.
The mosquitoes have also been designed to emit a fluorescent glow, so that when they are captured.
Genetically modified mosquitoes have been released for the first time in the United States, taking flight in the Florida Keys in a pilot program intended to reduce the spread of deadly diseases such as dengue, yellow fever and the Zika virus. https://t.co/w6ftrakFnQ
— Reuters Health (@Reuters_Health) May 10, 2021
“That’s how we monitor for the project before, during and after to understand the mosquito population,” Fensom explained.
However, many experts disagree with the plan and have made attempts to organize against this strange use of genetic technology.
Bill Gates’ Relationship With Epstein Led To His Divorce
According to a shocking report published this week in the Wall Street Journal, Melinda Gates began meeting with divorce lawyers in October of 2019, which is around the same time that Bill Gates was listed among Jeffrey Epstein’s close associates.
According to sources close to the Gates family that were interviewed by the Journal, and documents shared with the site, Melinda said that her marriage with Bill was “irretrievably broken.”
The divorce was set into motion immediately after Bill Gates was implicated as a close friend of Epstein. In reports at the time, it was noted that Gates began his relationship with the notorious pedophile after he was already convicted of crimes against children.
However, Bill’s friendship with Epstein was a source of contention in his marriage long before his wife filed for divorce. In fact, she warned him not to associate with Epstein due to his notorious reputation and criminal convictions, an employee of the Gates Foundation told The Daily Beast. Despite this warning, Bill and some of his employees at the foundation continued to meet with Epstein.
When asked for a comment, a spokesman for Bill Gates told the Journal that he denied being friends with the late pedophile, referring to a statement he gave the paper last year saying that, “I met him. I didn’t have any business relationship or friendship with him.”
When pressed by other reporters about the relationship, Gates said that his proximity to Epstein was only a result of them both being so rich.
A statement that Bill and Melinda Gates made on Twitter last week made no mention of Epstein, and instead painted the picture of a professional couple breaking up on amicable terms.
— Melinda French Gates (@melindagates) May 3, 2021
“After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage. We have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives,” the statement read.
The couple has been married since 1994 and there was reportedly no prenuptial agreement to decide the terms of their divorce. They have agreed to equally split their assets, although they are claiming that they will give much of the money away. They have made no public comments as to the private reasons behind their divorce, but the timing of the filing is certainly suspicious, and many people close to the family suspect that Bill’s connection to Epstein could have been a factor.
According to prosecutors, Epstein operated a “vast network” for child human trafficking between 2002 and 2005, which allowed him to “sexually exploit and abuse dozens of underage girls.” Many long-time friends like Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Prince Andrew have been implicated in Epstein’s illicit activities.
Epstein was arrested a second time on July 6, 2019, on federal charges for the sex trafficking of minors in Florida and New York. He died in his jail cell on August 10, 2019. The medical examiner ruled the death a suicide. Epstein’s lawyers have disputed the ruling, and there has been significant public skepticism about the true cause of his death.
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