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Starting from April 1, Germans will have the right to legally obtain recreational cannabis. New legislation, legalizing personal use of recreational marijuana was approved by MPs yesterday. While the law permits adults to engage in limited personal use and cultivation of the substance, its commercialization will remain predominantly banned. The coalition government led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz made a significant commitment to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, which has been extensively discussed in the national media in recent years. During the final vote, the bill receiving backing from 407 lawmakers in the Bundestag, the lower house of the German parliament. Meanwhile, 226 MPs opposed the legislation, and four lawmakers chose to abstain. This legislation grants adult Germans the right to possess up to 50 grams (1.7 ounces) of marijuana within their private residences, while limiting possession in public spaces to a maximum of 25 grams (0.85 ounce). It further permits adults to cultivate up to three cannabis plants in their own homes. Starting from July 1, the law also permits drug cultivation in non-profit cannabis clubs. These clubs are limited to a maximum of 500 members and can only grow plants for personal use. Operational expenses will be funded through membership fees, which will vary based on consumption levels. Each individual can receive up to 50 grams of the drug per month from the club, except for individuals under the age of 21 who have a limit of 30 grams. The use of marijuana in public areas near schools, sports facilities, and children’s playgrounds will be strictly prohibited. Any minors found in possession of marijuana will be required to participate in a program aimed at preventing drug abuse. According to German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, legalizing the drug provides a viable alternative to the black market, since all past legislative attempts to curb rising consumption proved ineffective. The largest opposition group in Germany, known as the Conservative Union bloc, expressed strong disapproval of the latest legislation, labeling Lauterbach’s remarks as ridiculous and accusing the governing coalition of prioritizing the interests of dealers over consumers. According to a mid-February public opinion survey, there was an almost even division among the Germans regarding the issue. Approximately 47% of participants expressed their opposition, either in a partial or complete manner, towards the legalization. On the other hand, 42% showed varying degrees of support for it. New legislation seems to have the strongest backing from Greens supporters, with 61% of them expressing some or full support. Supporters of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democratic Party seem to be divided on the issue, while CDU voters were the most vocal opponents of the decision. The survey, conducted on February 19, included a total of 3,684 adult participants from various regions in Germany.SOURCE: Recreational Marijuana Legal in Germany from April 1 BY: eTurboNews | eTN
The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Singapore issued the following statement today: “The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Singapore informs that according to the enactment by the Council of Ministers of the Islamic Republic of Iran dated 16th of December 2023, visa requirement for the Nationals of the Republic of Singapore is removed. In accordance with the new regulations, from 4th of February 2024 the Nationals of the Republic of Singapore are permitted, for the purpose of tourism, to enter into and stay in the Islamic Republic of Iran for a period of 15 days without visa every 180 days. The 15 days period shall not be extended.” Iranian citizens who are planning a trip to Singapore aren’t required to apply for a visa if they wish to go for short stays (tourism). But it’s required to obtain an electronic travel authorization (eTA or eVisa) before entering Singapore. In December 2023, Iran has already granted visa-free entry to visitors from 33 states, in an attempt to boost tourism arrivals and attract more visitors from countries around the world.SOURCE: Iran Now Visa-Free for Singapore Nationals BY: eTurboNews | eTN
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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show enters its final weekend at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It’s the 69th year the show is running and organizers say it’s the biggest outdoor trade show in the country. One exhibitor, Mike “The Big Cheese” Favorman came to promote his book “Ultimate Camp Cooking” with
In a significant development within the Canadian aviation industry, Lynx Air, the Calgary-based ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) operational for less than two years, has announced its decision to cease all operations effective February 26. The airline cited escalating financial challenges amidst a fiercely competitive market landscape as the primary reason behind this abrupt decision. Lynx Air, which began operations in April 2022, quickly gained recognition for its extensive domestic network spanning ten routes across Canada, in addition to its flights to the United States and, more recently, Mexico. However, the company’s growth trajectory was hampered by mounting operational costs, surging fuel prices, escalating airport charges, and the complexities of the economic and regulatory environment. In an official statement, Lynx Air attributed its downfall to the insurmountable financial pressures, despite efforts to streamline operations, reduce costs, and explore potential mergers or acquisitions. The absence of a permanent CEO since September further compounded the challenges faced by the airline. Efforts to salvage the carrier included a pursuit of a merger with Flair Airlines, a counterpart in the industry. However, these endeavors failed to mitigate the overarching financial strain experienced by Lynx Air. An internal communication from Lynx Air’s interim CEO, Jim Sullivan, expressed deep regret over the unforeseen turn of events, emphasizing the airline’s efforts to build a strong brand and expand its reach over the past two years. The airline, previously known as Enerjet, had rebranded itself as Lynx Air with ambitious plans for growth, supported by Canadian investors and private equity firm Indigo Partners. However, the harsh realities of the market dynamics proved insurmountable, leading to the company’s ultimate demise. As Lynx Air prepares to ground its fleet, arrangements have been made to initiate the insolvency process, with FTI Consulting Canada overseeing proceedings and liaising with creditors. Passengers with existing bookings have been advised to seek refunds through their credit card companies, as Lynx Air endeavors to facilitate a smooth transition amidst this challenging period. The discontinuation of Lynx Air’s operations marks a significant chapter in the Canadian aviation industry, underscoring the formidable challenges faced by carriers amidst a fiercely competitive market environment and economic uncertainties.SOURCE: Canadian ULCC Lynx Air Ceases Operations Due to Financial Pressures BY: eTurboNews | eTN
VOEPASS Airlines is soaring into the South, Southeast, and Central-West regions of Brazil with exciting new routes and increased frequencies starting March 31st. Passengers can now book flights from Cascavel, Caxias do Sul, Chapecó, Maringá, and Rio Verde to major hubs like Congonhas and Guarulhos in São Paulo. Additionally, connections between Chapecó and Florianópolis, and Florianópolis and Porto Alegre, will be available starting May 1st. Existing routes between Ribeirão Preto and Juiz de Fora to Guarulhos will see a boost with an extra daily flight each, offering more flexibility and convenience. Presidente Prudente also gains connectivity to Guarulhos while maintaining its service to Congonhas. “This expansion demonstrates our commitment to connecting underserved regions and fostering growth in Brazilian aviation,” said VOEPASS spokesperson, highlighting the airline’s focus on regional development. Tickets for the new routes and frequencies are on sale now on LATAM’s website and other channels, except for the Chapecó-related routes which start selling on February 25th. VOEPASS Airlines, established in 1995, connects various destinations across Brazil with its fleet of 14 ATR 42 and 72 turboprop aircraft. In 2023, they proudly transported 1% of the country’s air passengers, demonstrating their growing role in the industry. With over 1,000 employees and adhering to the highest safety standards through IOSA certification, VOEPASS prioritizes passenger well-being. Their commitment extends to industry collaboration through memberships in ABEAR, IATA, and ALTA. As a regional leader, VOEPASS is dedicated to connecting communities and fostering growth within Brazilian aviation.SOURCE: VOEPASS Expands Service in Southern, Southeastern, and Central-Western Brazil BY: eTurboNews | eTN
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