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From local happenings to national topics and global events, here is the news worth knowing for the week of Oct. 10, 2022.
On Oct. 14, 2022, TEDxDayton returns for its 10-year anniversary. The event will be held at the Victoria Theatre and will feature local speakers and performers, according to a ticket release.
The day’s proceedings will begin at nine a.m., with doors opening at 8:15 a.m. The ‘ideas worth spreading’ will flourish until 3:30 p.m.
President Biden announced a pardon for all federal possession of marijuana offenses in a statement Thursday.
“My action will help relieve the collateral consequences arising from these convictions,” Biden said.
Biden’s three-step plan for marijuana reform begins with a federal pardon process. The president also urged state Governors to do the same for state offenses as a next step. Finally, Biden asked for a review of the federal classification of marijuana. Under current federal law, marijuana is a Schedule I drug, a classification for the most dangerous substances.
“Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit,” Biden said in the statement. “Too many lives have been upended because of our failed approach to marijuana. It’s time that we right these wrongs.”
According to the statement, marijuana reform has long been a tenet of the Biden campaign and administration’s goals.
Following a shooting at an early childhood development facility in Thailand on Oct. 6, 2022, UNICEF released a statement condemning the violence that transpired.
According to the UNICEF statement, dozens, including children, were killed in the event. The perpetrator, Panya Kamrab, was a former police officer who had been fired after being arrested and charged with illegal drug use.
“UNICEF sends its heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the families who lost loved ones and the injured. We join all people in Thailand in mourning and hope that those affected receive appropriate and timely support,” according to the statement.
World leaders and administrators, including Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Liz Truss, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong and United States National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan have all offered condolences for Thailand in the wake of the event.