Hillary Clinton recently targeted Donald Trump on his ineffective coronavirus policies. She said that she would have done a better job.
Coronavirus cases have been on the rise since January, particularly in the United States. The new reported cases have shown an exponential increase. A few days ago, 51,000 new cases per day in the U.S. were recorded –highest across the globe.
It has been around 9 months since the epidemic started. Numerous attempts have been made to control its spread; however, no fruitful outcome has been seen. Researchers and scientists are also actively working to develop a vaccine. It is expected to be ready by January.
Coronavirus in U.S.
Out of all the countries, U.S. saw the biggest wave of coronavirus cases. Up till now, there have been 2.8 million confirmed cases with more than 131,000 deaths in the country. The curve started going down in mid-June, however, the new cases have started increasing again.
This time, the rate of increase is greater than the previous months. Many believe, this is the second wave of coronavirus. According to reports, there will be a total of 3 waves, after which there is a chance that the virus will start to die down.
Recently, Hillary Clinton said in an interview that she could have done a better job at managing the policies than her former rival, Donald Trump. The interview was about a documentary about Clinton’s life that is scheduled to release this year. It was held as a part of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast.
Clinton took the chance to hit Trump where it hurts. His coronavirus policies have certainly been ineffective and have reduced the chances of him getting reelected for presidency.
Clinton said, “We sure could have done a better job saving lives, modeling better, more responsible behavior”. She further added, “I don’t think we necessarily should have had as deep an economic assault on livelihoods and jobs as we have. So I know I would have done a better job.”
She talked about the issue and expressed her annoyance on being sidelined. She is working hard to counter the epidemic and raise money for medical equipment. However, if she was in a position of power, she could have been more productive and effective.
The coronavirus has been affecting Trump’s reelection campaign for around 4 months. With the economic crisis, the current president has struggled to gain people’s support. Further, the recent violence at “#BlackLivesMatter” protests also indicated his lack of competence.
The previous secretary of state expressed her feelings of frustration throughout the interview. She even called him a “vindictive score-settler”. Further, she thinks that it should be a lesson for the nation to realize how it is to elect an unprepared candidate for presidency.
Clinton said, “Part of what he does in the way he lashes out is because, deep down, he knows the Russians helped him, despite his incredible efforts to deny it. He knows WikiLeaks helped him. He understands all of that”.
Even though, all points made by Clinton are fair and apt, many people believe she is merely being vindictive. Trump supporters think that she was lashing out because of her personal vendetta against the president, and that she is just bitter that she lost against him.
Cannabis Companies In New Bedford Struggling In Pandemic
The city of New Bedford, Massachusetts, is also known as the ‘Whaling City’. This is due to it being a famous commercial whaling zone back in the 19th century. The former whaling hub also hosts several fledgling cannabis companies.
Three of these companies are namely Tree Beard, Metro Harvest and South Coast Apothecary LLC. They are, unfortunately, entering a new world of hardships during this COVID-19 pandemic. As the recent legalization of recreational cannabis took effect, these entities have faced obstacles from established legislation. This is mainly due to the CCC (Cannabis Control Commission) curbing the freedoms and initiatives of these companies.
The cannabis companies now require special licenses and regulations to operate
All cannabis companies in the state, must obtain proper licensing and permissions, according to the government-led CCC. In spite of the pandemic. where businesses have faced severe losses, the CCC’s stance is unrelenting. They recently launched the ‘Social Equity Program‘.
This is designed to compensate industries affected by the War On Drugs. This ‘war’ saw many unlawful arrests made, companies slandered and properties broken into by the police. In addition, certain qualifying companies can register as ‘Economic Empowerment Company‘, which also seeks to aid them.
The War On Drug’s effects on cannabis companies are still lasting, however. Despite the olive branches extended by the CCC to compensate affected industries, bias still exists.
Rising cannabis companies can all testify that the slowness of processing documents and licenses, along with bureaucracy, are present. Many have blamed delays and issues on the pandemic. However, to most, it’s all simply about negligence and priorities.
Each of the companies must request the City Council for the required permits to begin business. The state government is then accountable to provide an official, permanent license to those it grants permission to.
The three cannabis companies have all faced their fair share of hurdles
Take the company Tree Beard, for example. It is both a SEP and EEC compliant company. Futhermore, it is directly backed by the CCC. The owner of the company is Nicolas Gomes. Despite all this, even he mentioned how rare finding decent real-estate is.
He said that while he had preferred the local Mitsubishi dealership as a location, it was seeming exceedingly difficult now. However, opening in their native town of New Bedford would remain a priority.
Meanwhile, Metro Harvest has already obtained a provisional license. The slowness of getting the license was also corroborated by Steve LeBelle, the president. LaBelle held the pandemic as the culprit behind the delays in licensing.
Last but not least, Southcoast Apothecary has also obtained the provisional license. The company stated that it is now ready to open near the Market Basket area. It too cited delays in the processing of said licensing as the reason they have not yet settled in.
The war on drugs had left lasting damage to the town’s economy and cannabis companies
The CCC’s policy of offering recompense for years of abuse come late. The many arrests made over petty offenses like cannabis possession have led to societal stigma in a town as small as New Bedford. Since then, cannabis companies like these three have been far and few in between.
While the SEP does offer useful assets such as training and technical support, it does not go far enough to undo the past. And there is no guarantee that any company would even qualify for it. As Gomes says, the future depends on locals taking matters into their own hands. Only then will the cannabis trade flourish in this town.
Pregnant Women From BAME Backgrounds At Higher Risk Of Coronavirus
According to a study, more than half of pregnant women with Coronavirus admitted in UK hospitals belong from black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. This study was put forward after obtaining data of pregnant women with Coronavirus, who were admitted to 194 obstetric units in UK from 1st March till 25th April.
Number Of Pregnant Women From BAME Background
Out of 437 pregnant women tested positive for COVID-19 during that period, 233 (56 percent) belonged from BAME backgrounds. Among them, 103 were from Asian backgrounds (25 percent) and 90 were black (22 percent). Under normal conditions, 20 percent of pregnant women belonged from BAME backgrounds, lead author Prof Marian Knight, professor of maternal and child population health from the University of Oxford, says.
Most of the women admitted in hospitals were in the last months of their pregnancies. Hence, researchers have advised to continue social distancing measures in later pregnancy. However, percentage of women who were overweight, aged 35 or more and had underlying health conditions was 70 percent, 40 percent and 35 percent respectively.
Problems Faced During Childbirth
Most of the pregnant women admitted to hospital had a fever, cough or shortness of breath. The doctors discharged them to recover at home.
41 (10 percent) of women needed breathing equipment in a critical care unit, and 5 (1 percent) died. 3 of those women died due to severe problems caused by COVID-19 whereas the rest of the 2 died due to other reasons. 265 babies were born. Among them, 12 were tested positive for COVID-19. Also, 6 of them were tested positive within the first twelve hours of their lives.
This high percentage of BAME women needs urgent examination. However, the study further states that most of the pregnant women didn’t become seriously unwell. Moreover, the transfer of virus to the newly born babies is not common.
Increased Risk Of BAME Groups To Contract Coronavirus
Observing other factors such as age and obesity, a much higher proportion of pregnant women with Coronavirus remained from black and ethnic minority groups. So was the case after the elimination of major urban centers from the study.
However, the explanation for why BAME pregnant women are at high risk of contracting Coronavirus is not simple. There is a need to talk to the women and health officers to know more about it. According to Professor Knight: “It was wrong to talk about BAME women as if they were all one group and all the same. Disparities could be linked to factors such as employment, multi-generational households, transport use and culture. The novel Coronavirus is showing us how important disparities are.”
Besides this, women of these communities may be hesitant towards seeking medical help earlier if they felt ill.
Increase in retail marijuana stores results in more consumers
Ever since the adult-use cannabis are legalized, the U.S. cannabis industry has drastically evolved. A total of 11 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use.
Colorado generated total revenues of USD 683.52 Million during its first year of legalization in 2014. The state has reported total marijuana sales of USD 1.31 Billion. Massachusetts, which is a much smaller marketplace, reported USD 138.9 Million in the six full months of operations.
The staggering revenue margins are a direct result of Colorado’s early adoption in comparison to Massachusetts’ more recent foray into the industry. To put Colorado’s cannabis market into perspective, there were 364 dispensaries in the city of Denver alone in 2018. Among the 364 dispensaries, 169 locations were recreational or “retail marijuana stores,” while 195 were medical dispensaries.
Overall, the number of dispensaries in Denver was more than triple all of the Starbucks and McDonald’s in the city, 111. Meanwhile, Massachusetts had 25 recreational dispensaries in operation as of August 2019.
As more people begin to explore the cannabis marketplace, the industry is positioned to experience substantial growth in the shortcoming future. The total sales of recreational cannabis are anticipated to account for USD 18.1 Billion to USD 22.0 Billion, while medical cannabis is expected to account for USD 6.9 Billion to USD 8.4 Billion.
The overall growth of recreational market sales signals that more states could be moving towards legalizing adult-use, while existing legal regions are seeing their consumer base continually grow.
The recreational market revenue is attributable to the number of dispensaries that are constantly emerging throughout the U.S. as well as e-commerce platforms. E-commerce platforms are becoming highly popular because consumers can simply receive their products at their door steps.
The e-commerce platforms create a speedier process by allowing consumers to shop at the convenience of their homes, digitally pay for the purchase, and then have them delivered. Meanwhile, online portals can receive consumer payments digitally, eliminating the need to pay upfront at the store.
Tim Sultan of the Arizona Dispensaries Association said that they would like to see a solution to cash management problem. He added, “There’s just too much cash in the industry because banks can’t do business with us. We have dispensary owners paying their employees with cash, paying their vendors, paying their electric bills, going to APS with thousands of dollars, paying their taxes with tens of thousands of dollars cash, and just feeling really nervous walking up there with a bag full of cash.”
iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. announced a total of nine dispensaries in Florida and its system-wide total to 27. Hadley Ford, Chief Executive Officer of iAnthus said, ” Florida has an exciting and rapidly growing market. We’ve opened six locations in eight weeks and will continue to expand both our dispensary footprint and our product offerings.”
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