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HOLY SMOKES: California medical marijuana workers higher than teachers on vaccine list

A classic case of liberal priorities…

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A classic case of liberal priorities…

California recently updated its coronavirus vaccine guidelines, placing medical marijuana workers higher up in priority than some teachers, bus drivers and food and agricultural workers. 

As reported by the Orange County Register, the decision drew backlash from educators, but celebration from those in the medical marijuana industry. 

“Cannabis delivery drivers before school bus drivers and teachers? Makes no sense to me,” Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner tweeted. 

“Cannabis industry employees are included in Phase 1a for medicinal cannabis and Phase 1b Food and Agriculture for growing, production, storage, transport and distribution,” the guidelines read. 

“Medical cannabis workers should be accommodated as necessary in Phase 1b, Tier 1, by nature of their designations in eligible essential workforce classifications.” 

Though the guidelines are through the California Department of Health, some counties in the Golden State have opted not to follow them. 

Jessica Good, a spokesperson for Orange County Health Care Agency, said the office is not currently vaccinating medical marijuana retail workers at its distribution sites, The Hill reportsSan Diego is also holding back.

United Cannabis Business Association President Jerred Kiloh argued that the 30,000 medical marijuana retail workers service about 300,000 patients and customers per day, therefore should be vaccinated. 

“We need to protect them as front-line workers, because that’s what they are,” he said. “It was a win for the cannabis industry to be put into the medical side of things.” 

Meanwhile, schools across the state remain closed, taking a toll on the mental health of students. 

Edison High School teacher Mike Walters said teachers are too essential to be skipped over by cannabis industry workers.

“Teachers should be prioritized ahead of the cannabis dispensaries,” said Walters. “We’re kind of on the front lines with these kids on a daily basis. I hope the quicker we get this vaccine to teachers then the quicker we can get all kids back in the classroom, instead of just a few of them.”

Though the CDC has previously stated that teachers do not need to be vaccinated in order for schools to safely reopen, teachers’ unions across the country are hesitant to return to in-person learning until vaccines are widely available for teachers. 

It is critical to reopen schools. Not only are students being robbed of an in-person education, they are missing out on critical emotional development and social interaction.

A CDC study found that across the country between April and October of 2020, the percentage of emergency room mental health visits increased by 24 percent for those between the ages of five and 11, and 31 percent for those between the ages of 12 and 17, Business Insider reports.

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12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Sonja Moreau

    February 16, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Their priorities are in the wrong place. That’s why Newsome is up for a recall election. He needs to be removed. Just like his relative Pelosi. They have no idea how to govern correctly.

  2. Really?

    February 17, 2021 at 10:15 am

    Seems Ca. is “bizarro” land. Selfishness, ignorance and audacity by those who rule.

  3. Hepster

    February 17, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Let’s take a pause here… maybe getting your dope delivered by a healthy person is better than having your child educated by a socialist leaning teacher

    • Diana Wagner

      February 17, 2021 at 4:41 pm

      You do have a point!

    • Don

      February 21, 2021 at 9:15 am

      Touche

      • C Knight

        March 27, 2021 at 1:46 pm

        Welcome to Gavin Newsom’s California!
        Brought to you courtesy of the low IQ Biden voting democrats! You own this!

  4. Carissa

    February 17, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    This shows more than Newsom’s inability to properly prioritize. Most fatally, it demonstrates his inability to reason. He is clearly unable to use existing information and circumstance to properly devise problem solving solutions. Ergo, he should be replaced. The sooner the better.

    • Don

      February 21, 2021 at 9:17 am

      I agree 100%

  5. John Wilch (TSGT, USAF Ret.)

    February 17, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    H-E-Double Hockey Stick, what do you figure from the Socialist State of Kalifornia. They want their bloody dope and a new generation of uneducated slaves.

  6. HJill

    February 17, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    Perhaps it is because the teachers unwillingness to teach real subjects (rather than indoctrinate) have depressed the kids so much that it is their only escape! The politicians (democrats) have legalized it so that they can have control….the rest of us are trying to get the hell out of here!

  7. Joshua

    February 21, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Well to be fair. The medical marijuana workers are working and the teachers are trying to stay home!! Just saying.

  8. Carmine

    March 1, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Pot inhibits your ability to reason and think clearly. That’s the “High”. Exactly the kind of population a totalitarian government needs.

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Kamala Harris Tests Positive For COVID-19

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On Tuesday, the White House announced that Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19 and is not currently showing symptoms.

“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on rapid and PCR tests,” said Kirsten Allen, press secretary to the vice president. “She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the Vice President’s residence. She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and the advice of her physicians. The Vice President will return to the White House when she tests negative.”

Harris wrote on Twitter that she was going to continue to isolate and is showing no symptoms.

“Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I have no symptoms, and I will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I’m grateful to be both vaccinated and boosted,” Harris tweeted.

Harris last reportedly saw President Biden at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18 before leaving for California, which she returned from on April 25.

The vice president has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and has received two booster shots, receiving the second booster on April 1.

“Yesterday I received my second COVID-19 booster shot,” Harris tweeted on April 2. “We know that getting vaccinated is the best form of protection from this virus and boosters are critical in providing an additional level of protection. If you haven’t received your first booster—do it today.”

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At Least 3 US Airlines Will Restore Flight Privileges To Some Mask Violators

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At least three major U.S. airlines – Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and American Airlines – have now said they will allow some passengers who were banned from their planes over mask violations to have their flight privileges restored – determined on a case-by-case basis.

On Wednesday, Delta released a statement saying, “At Delta, nothing is more important than the safety and security of our customers and our people. With masks now optional, Delta will restore flight privileges for customers on the mask non-compliance no-fly list only after each case is reviewed and each customer demonstrates an understanding of their expected behavior when flying with us.”

“Any further disregard for the policies that keep us all safe will result in placement on Delta’s permanent no-fly list. Customers who demonstrated egregious behavior and are already on the permanent no-fly list remain barred from flying with Delta,” the statement added.

United Airlines similarly announced it will allow passengers it banned for not following mask rules to be allowed to fly again.

“On a case-by-case basis, we will allow some customers who were previously banned for failing to comply with mask-related rules to fly United again — after ensuring their commitment to follow all crewmember instructions on board,” United Airlines said in a statement.

American Airlines will also allow passengers banned for violating mask rules “to resume travel at some point in time,” according to the company’s chief government affairs officer, Nate Gatten.

“In cases where an incident may have started with face mask noncompliance and escalated into anything involving something more serious, or certainly an assault on one of our key members or customers, those passengers are going to remain on our permanent internal refuse list and will never be allowed to travel with us again,” Gatten said.

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