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Californians votes to legalize marijuana statewide

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – California voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 64, instantly making the state the most populous in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Citizens seeking recreational cannabis use can now go to places such as purple lotus patient center to find some of the best strains of marijuana in the whole world.

Did you know that Alaska charges $50 per ounce of cultivated weed? Now that it is legal in this state, as well as many others, it won’t be a surprise to see this industry growing over here too.

The approval of the ballot measure creates the largest market for marijuana products in the U.S. and comes just six years after voters narrowly struck it down. Activists said passage would be an important moment in a fight for marijuana legalization across the U.S.

“We are very excited that citizens of California voted to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition,” said Nate Bradley, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Assn, to the Los Angeles Times. “Proposition 64 will allow California to take its rightful place as the center of cannabis innovation, research, and development.”

It allows Californians who are 21 and older to possess, transport and buy up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and use it for recreational purposes. Now that this has become legalized, it could be as easy as visiting a recreational dispensary to buy cannabis-related products.
The age surpasses the previously legalized age of 20 for medicinal purposes. It additionally allows adults 21 and over to grow as many as six plants. The measure would also allow retail sales of marijuana and impose a 15% tax.

With the backings of Sean Parker and New York hedge fund billionaire George Soros, the proponents were able to raise close to $16 million for their cause. That’s about ten times the amount of money spent by the opposition.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was the face of the campaign, arguing that the national “war on drugs” has failed while disproportionately hurting minority residents and wasting law enforcement resources.

California became the trendsetter 20 years ago when the state became the first to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Proposition 64 was opposed by most major law enforcement groups, including the California Assn. of Highway Patrolmen, the Peace Officers Research Assn. of California and the California Police Chiefs Assn.

Opponents cited problems including teen drug abuse and impaired driving experienced where recreational use was previously legalized: Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. See what Alaska’s law has to say about the legalization of marijuana – visit alaska marijuana laws.

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Missing Hindu woman found mutilated in Pakistan

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The mutilated body of a Hindu woman was found in a field in southeastern Pakistan. Police say 40 year old Daya Bheel was murdered in the latest suspected attack against minorities in the Muslim-majority country. Authorities say they have arrested some suspects but have not determined a motive.

The Khosla family has donated nearly 2 million dollars to the Nudge Institute to help fight poverty. The philanthropists have donated millions of dollars for many other causes.

And disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-fried pleaded not guilty to eight different counts of wire fraud, securities fraud, and conspiracy before a U.S. federal court in the Southern District of New York. U.S. prosecutors allege that under Bankman-Fried’s direction, FTX, once considered one of the largest and most-trusted cryptocurrency exchanges, transferred billions in customer assets to his trading firm, Alameda Research. If convicted of these charges, Bankman-Fried faces up to 115 years in prison.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Christmas crash kills Indian American toddler

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Tragic news out of Nevada. Authorities say an Indian American toddler has died in a devastating Christmas day car crash and his mother is in critical condition fighting for her life. Authorities say the accident happened on a busy Las Vegas boulevard and they were returning home from a trip in California.

Anil Beephan is now the first Indian American Republican ever to be elected to the New York State Assembly in Albany. So far only Indian American Democrats have been elected to the state legislature. Beephan will also become the first minority to represent Dutchess County and at 29 years old, he’s the youngest GOP rep in the state legislature. He’s currently in the tech industry and has also worked as a volunteer firefighter.

Vice President Kamala Harris has named Indian American Rajeev Badyal to a key national advisory group, responsible for strategy and recommendations to improve and maintain space policy. Badyal already works for Amazon, helping launch satellites into orbit. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Warriors host first-ever Bhangra Night

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – The Golden State Warriors first-ever Bhangra Night made its debut during the Warriors-Jazz game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The Warriors say it’s a chance for the team to connect with the Bay Area’s rapidly growing South Asian community and fan base. Only Diya TV was on hand to capture the festivities. This change from the annual Bollywood night was supposed to take place in 2020 but was postponed because of the pandemic.

A federal jury in San Francisco has convicted Sivannarayana Barama of insider trading. Authorities say he used the quarterly financial performance of Palo Alto Networks before that information was released to the public and then traded in that company’s stock while that information was still confidential. Barama worked in IT for several Silicon Valley companies.

U.S. Border Patrol caught more than 4000 Indians illegally crossing the Mexico border in October and November. That’s more than double compared to the same time frame last year. An Indian man recently died climbing a border wall in Texas. The Biden administration is struggling to contain a surge of illegal immigration at the southern border.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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