The Los Angeles Instances reviews that California’s up to date coronavirus vaccine tips place medical marijuana staff forward of some lecturers, bus drivers, and meals and agricultural staff. Leaders within the hashish business had lobbied Gov. Newsom to incorporate their staff in Part 1B, Tier 1 of the state’s vaccine plan, which incorporates meals and agriculture staff, legislation enforcement, lecturers and different important staff. As a substitute:
[T]he California Division of Well being inexplicably went even additional, permitting those that work at retail hashish outlets to be handled as healthcare staff by being included in Part 1A, which is underway now. Others within the business — these in rising, manufacturing, storage, transportation and distribution — bought bumped as much as Part 1B, Tier 1.
Erika Smith of the LA Instances appears sympathetic to the argument that people who promote marijuana in shops are well being care staff risking their lives to advertise public well being. The deal-breaker for her seems to be that there aren’t sufficient Blacks, Latinos, and poor individuals working at these shops to justify giving them excessive precedence.
Localities aren’t required to comply with California’s tips and a few have already rejected giving marijuana sellers such a excessive precedence. San Diego, for instance, has “put the hashish business vaccine eligibility behind legislation enforcement, firefighters, lecturers, and people with underlying well being circumstances.”
This looks like one more black eye for the Newsom administration. Even in California, widespread sense hasn’t been extinguished.