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Roy: Time to enforce drugged-driving laws

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Roy: Time to enforce drugged-driving laws

In 2016, Massachusetts became the first state east of the Mississippi River to legalize adult-use cannabis. Five years later, we have fallen asleep at the wheel when it comes to updating the state’s ineffective OUI laws against drugged driving.

A dozen state legislatures, including Rhode Island next door, have already enacted tougher laws and penalties surrounding this issue — some before their first legal pre-roll is ever sold. Let us not hold the dual distinction of being the first East Coast state to implement a secure, thoughtfully regulated cannabis industry, but last when it comes to safeguarding roadways and protecting motorists from the dangers of cannabis-impaired and drugged drivers.

As a cannabis industry regulator, I appeared before the Massachusetts Legislature’s Judiciary Committee in December and testified in my individual capacity in full support of H. 4255, “An Act implementing the recommendations of the Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence and Impaired Driving,” also known as the Trooper Thomas Clardy Law.  The bill is named in honor of a trooper who was killed in 2016 during a traffic stop on the Mass Pike by a motorist who was found to have the main psychoactive component of marijuana (THC) in his blood at the time.

If passed, the Clardy Law would provide critical and overdue public safety tools that would save lives: It would significantly increase the number of municipal Drug Recognition Experts in our state, update implied consent laws for drugged driving so they are consistent with driving under the influence of alcohol, strengthen open container laws around cannabis, adopt the horizontal gaze nystagmus field sobriety test, and authorize the courts to take judicial notice of driving under the influence of THC.

Since codifying Chapter 94G into law more than four years ago, licensed marijuana establishments have blossomed across the commonwealth, amassing more than $2 billion dollars in gross sales while creating an impressive new source of tax revenue for lawmakers. Unfortunately, public safety laws responsible for protecting our roadways have not kept pace. In 2018, a Special Commission on Operating Under the Influence composed of civil liberties, public health and public safety leaders convened in accordance with state law.

The commission reviewed statutes surrounding driving under the influence of alcohol, cannabis, depressants, stimulants and other narcotics, as well as law enforcement officers’ ability to assess drivers suspected of impaired driving. Through that process, the commission issued recommendations, reflected in H. 4255, that would bring Massachusetts’ OUI statute into alignment with other states, close dangerous loopholes and bring needed resources to law enforcement agencies.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the time to act is now. Their interim report during the pandemic demonstrated, “almost two-thirds of seriously or fatally injured road users tested positive for at least one active drug, including alcohol, marijuana or opioids between mid-March and mid-July in 2020.” NHTSA collected data from five trauma centers nationwide, including one in Worcester.

In Massachusetts, recent data released from the Department of Transportation reported more than 400 fatalities occurred in 2021 on Massachusetts roadways due to distracted, high-risk and impaired driving — a staggering increase of 19% up from 343 roadway fatalities from the year before. People are driving recklessly and experts agree the pandemic has exacerbated high-risk behaviors behind the wheel, including drug-impaired driving.

Driving is a privilege, not a right. It is simple: No one drives safely under the influence of any impairing substance, including cannabis. Massachusetts must pass the Clardy Law to prevent the harms of driving high. It will save lives.


Kimberly Roy is a Massachusetts cannabis control commissioner.

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Cobra Kai Season 5 Release Date

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Cobra Kai Season 5 Release Date

Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg created Cobra Kai as a sequel to the real Karate Kid film by Robert Mark Kamen. Cobra Kai premiered on May 2, 2018, and all four seasons of the comedy-drama series are completed on December 31, 2021. The series has been updated for the fifth season, which is expected to release this year itself. Sony Pictures Television does the distribution of this martial arts drama.

Season 5 Release

Cobra Kai season 4 came to an end right before the new year, with a lot to unfold. Netflix officially announced that season 5 would be airing on September 9, 2022, much earlier than expected. The official trailer of season 5, released two weeks ago, sparked the fans to go back to their favorite show.

All About Cobra Kai

Being a sequel to the Karate Kid, Cobra Kai gained popularity worldwide, and it was a piece of great news for Karate Kid fans to know about the arrival of Cobra Kai. All the Cobra Kai characters are returning to us on September 9, 2022. It will be fun with all your favourite characters, Johnny, Daniel, Miguel, Samantha, and Robby, as a part of your September days.

We have witnessed the rival turned buddies DanielLaRusso and Johnny Lawrence’s bromance in the past seasons of Cobra Kai. They even trained at Daniel’s dojo together, where they taught each of their specialities, Miyagi-do and Eagle Fang. They came together based on fighting a common enemy JohnKreese’s Cobra Kai.

Kreesealso started to recruit some members in his dojo and called his old friend Terry Silver for help. The ending of season 4 is screwed up when Terry Silver’s misdeeds led John Kreese into prison, and Silver took whole control of the Cobra Kai. Daniel seeks help from Chozento to fight against the incoming threat from Cobra Kai. We can hope that season five will be able to give us more thrilling and fantastic episodes with little fights and, above all, the dreams and hopes of your favorite characters.

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Where To Watch

Netflix resurrected the Karate Kid. It is also available on YouTube Red.

Also available (2 seasons) on iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.

The Cast

Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence, Courtney Henggeler as Amanda LaRusso, Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso, Griffin Santopietro as Anthony LaRusso, XoloMaridueña as Miguel Diaz, Martin Kove as John Kreese, Jacob Bertrand as Eli Moskowitz, Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene, Peyton List as Tory Nicholas, Vanessa Rubio as Carmen Diaz, Thomas Ian Griffith as Terry Silver, Pat Morita as Mr Miyagi

Show Rating

Cobra Kai has become one of the most popular TV shows; which has come to an equal level to The Karate Kid.

The show has got really good ratings. It has got a rating of 8.6/10 on IMDb and a rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Tua Tagovailoa, out sick at Tuesday practice, receives praise from Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel during OTAs

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Tua Tagovailoa, out sick at Tuesday practice, receives praise from Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel during OTAs

Some highlights from Miami Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel’s press conference ahead of Tuesday’s practice in the team’s second week of organized team activities:

McDaniel offered a rousing endorsement of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who was out sick at Tuesday drills with a non-COVID-related illness, during the team’s offseason OTA stretch.

“A guy that’s attacking the moment,” McDaniel described of the third-year quarterback’s approach. “A guy that really likes to play football.”

McDaniel lauded how instinctive Tagovailoa is as a quarterback.

“You can tell the player has played the position for a long time, and he thinks about the game of football through the lens of the quarterback position,” McDaniel said.

Tagovailoa was the Dolphins’ practice player of the day on Tuesday of the first week of OTAs. Because of that, he was team DJ for Miami’s ensuing practice and wore an orange jersey for the distinguished honor. McDaniel said the idea was one that originated from tight ends coach and assistant head coach Jon Embree.

McDaniel noted offseason offensive line addition Connor Williams, who has played guard throughout his NFL career, possesses “inside flexibility” and could be an option at center.

Williams has played center in preseason games. Williams himself has noted that he has experience snapping the football in his first web conference with reporters since his signing.

“You don’t want to put a ceiling and decide where they’re going to play,” McDaniel said. “You want players to decide that for you.”

McDaniel didn’t want to touch on the addition of edge rusher Melvin Ingram last week because his signing wasn’t yet done, but with Ingram now officially with the team, he praised his experience and veteran presence.

“Veteran player that’s been very productive in this league,” McDaniel said. “Very excited to have the opportunity to add him to the team. … Guy that’s been in big games.”

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FBI International Season 1 Episode 21: May 24 Release, Time And Plot Speculations

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FBI International Season 1 Episode 21: May 24 Release, Time And Plot Speculations

FBI International is a crime, action, and drama series by the Emmy-winning Executive Producer Dick Wolf. The show is third in the FBI franchise, with FBI (2018) and FBI: Most Wanted (2020). It premiered on September 21, 2021, and is 20 episodes in.

Release Date And Time

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Episode 21 of season 1 would air on 24 May 2022 on Tuesday at 9 PM Eastern standard time, 6:30 AM Friday, Indian Standard Time (IST), and 1:00 AM Saturday, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Where To Watch It? 

The show could be watched on CBS TV and other than that the official CBS website, Amazon prime video, VUDU, Spectrum TV, Vudu Movie & TV Store, Paramount Plus, Apple TV, CBS, Pluto TV, etc.

About The Show 

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The show by Derek Haas and Dick Wolf follows an elite internationally operational team of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as its fly team. This team flies around the world to neutralize the threats against the United States of America and its citizens. Their headquarter is in Prague as they circle back from time to time. These are trained against criminals and use their skills to solve crimes and work for America beyond the US soil. The show follows a different case format each week whereas the team and its members remain the same. The FBI, FBI: Most Wanted, and FBI: International are in the same universe where the characters from any three shows interact with characters of different shows.

Luke Kleintank as Scott Forrester. An FBI Supervisory Special Agent and head of the International Fly Team. Heida Reed as Jamie Kellett. An FBI Special Agent who is the team’s second-in-command, Carter Redwood as Andre Raines. An FBI Special Agent on the team with a background in accounting. Vinessa Vidotto as Cameron Vo. An FBI Special Agent, she is a West Point grad who is the team’s newest member. Christiane Paul as Katrin Jaeger. However, a multilingual Europol agent from Germany was also there to act as a liaison for the team. Green as Tank. A black Giant Schnauzer trained in Schutzhund and retired cadaver dog that obeys Scott Forrester’s commands. Music is by Atli Örvarsson and cinematography by Attila Szalay along with an amazing team of the crew.

Plot Speculation For “The Crestfallen” 

Following the same format of a different case every week, episode 21, named the crestfallen, would also have a complete case in one single episode. It would be about a private jet, carrying American citizens, is shot down and the team is sent to investigate. However, the team looks for clues as to why the incident happened and checks into the man who missed the flight. Meanwhile, as we dig into the lives of these agents we explore their character. Like Forrester as he is conflicted when he receives information from his mother. The case would be solved by the end of the episode and the team would be off on another new mission.

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