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NY state set to legalize recreational marijuana
New York is poised to join a growing number of U.S. states that have legalized marijuana after state lawmakers reached a deal to allow sales of the drug for recreational use.
The agreement reached March 27 would expand the state’s existing medical marijuana program and set up a licensing and taxation system for recreational sales. Lawmakers are expected to vote on the bill March 30.
It has taken years for the state’s lawmakers to come to a consensus on how to legalize recreational marijuana in New York. (AP)
Biden announces steps to tackle gun violence
U.S. President Joe Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland announced limited measures to tackle gun violence in the country April 8 in what the White House described as a first step to curb mass shootings, community bloodshed and suicides.
The new measures include plans for the Justice Department to crack down on homemade “ghost guns” and make “stabilizing braces” — which effectively turn pistols into rifles — subject to registration under the National Firearms Act. (Reuters)
These articles were provided by The Japan Times Alpha.