Marijuana and Money Among the Most Read Stories of the Year
RICHMOND, Virginia – We have reached the end of the year! Can you believe it It’s time to look back on 2021 and recall the most viewed stories of the year on WTVR.com. Before you take a look at the list, what will you remember the most from 2021? Drop us a line and maybe we’ll share your thoughts on TV. And now we bring you the most viewed stories on WTVR.com in 2021.
10) Marijuana Edibles Sends 15 Kids to Central Virginia Hospitals: ‘It’ll Get Worse’
In August 2021, Dr Rutherfoord Rose, director of the Virginia Poison Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, said he was concerned that the legalization of marijuana in Virginia could lead to an increase in cases of children ingesting the products. edibles made from marijuana and getting sick. Rose and her team are handling emergency poison calls in Virginia.
“If you’re not there the kid sees the medicine on the table and thinks it’s candy,” Dr Rose said of products with names like Whiz Edibles Strawberry Gummies, Neon Sour Bears , Mini Brownies and Doobie Doo Cookies. “Clearly, states that have legalized marijuana in recent years have seen an increase in exposures among children. “
In 2019, the Virginia Poison Center received 13 calls related to people ingesting marijuana edibles and having had side effects. This number increased to 35 exhibition calls in 2020 and 78 exhibition calls as of August 4, 2021.
“Seventy-six percent of them were in children and it seemed two and three-year-olds were most at risk,” Dr Rose said. “About half of our human exposure calls are for children under the age of six.” Read more here
09) Slaughtered girl in West End dies; the witness heard at least 5 shots
A 13-year-old girl was the victim of an unthinkable act of violence while walking with a friend in March 2021. Lucia Bremer was shot and killed on a Friday afternoon while on a neighborhood footpath near Godwin High School in Henrico’s West End. In the days that followed, a community came together to support the Bremer family and friends of Lucia affected by the violence. In the weeks and months that followed, a 14-year-old boy was arrested and charged with the murder of Bremer. This month, a judge ruled the teenage suspect could stand trial as an adult. You can find out more about the situation here.
08) World Responds With Kindness After Father’s Last Vindictive Child Support Payment Goes Viral
Sometimes a story produces such an overwhelming response that it deserves a follow-up. This was the case in June 2021 when an upset father threw 80,000 cents outside the Henrico house of his 18-year-old daughter, Avery, and told her mother it was his last child support. We will come back to this story later in this list. But it was the world’s response to our original story that earned it 8th place on the Top 10 Most Viewed Stories of the Year.
The story went viral after it was posted on WTVR.com, not only because of the video of the man throwing the coins, but because of what Avery and his mother did with the money. They donated the money to Safe harbor, a Henrico-based non-profit organization that helps survivors of sexual and domestic violence and human trafficking.
“By returning and giving this money to mothers and children in need, I feel like it really turns this situation into a positive. You can learn from it,” Avery said.
As news of the penny dump and subsequent donation made its way from WTVR.com to national news websites, cable news networks, Avery’s poise and kindness resonated with people all over the world. These people contacted Safe Harbor.
These people contacted Safe Harbor.
“Our online donation page has just exploded,” said Mary Maupai, director of development at Safe Harbor. “We have received over $ 47,000 in donations locally, nationally, internationally to England and beyond.”
As the story continues to spread, Safe Harbor and those helped by the association have continued to benefit. Read more here.
07) A lawyer from Virginia warns against “Puff and Paint” evenings
As stated earlier in this list, 2021 was the year that marijuana was legalized (sort of) in Virginia. The half-baked legalization has left a lot of people asking a lot of questions about cannabis.
One of these questions concerned the legality of “Puff and Paint” parties.
“I have a lot of clients calling, over a dozen I would say, calling since early July to ask if they can smoke and paint,” said Tequila Canty, who operates. The Arts Fair in the East End of Henrico, told CBS 6.
Kelly Cournoyer said no.
Cournoyer, associate attorney with Toscano Law Group, warned companies should take a break before allowing clients to take a breather.
“Retail sales haven’t started yet, and we don’t expect to see that for a few years,” she said in the July 2021 report. customers that it’s not necessarily a good idea to get involved in any type of donation or use of marijuana on their premises until we have a regulatory framework established by the Cannabis Control Authority. ” Read more here
06) How Elsa will affect Virginia; the storm could bring 1 to 3 inches of rain
It’s no secret that weather forecasts and reports are among the most important things local news provides to the community. So it’s no surprise that a weather story makes this list. In July 2021, Tropical Storm Elsa was heading towards Virginia, bringing rain, wind and the potential for flash floods. About 60,000 Dominion Energy customers in Virginia lost power during the storm. Want today’s forecast? You can find it here.
05) What Virginia’s New Marijuana Law Means For Renters
You really like marijuana, well, reading anyway. Our third on-list article on marijuana focused on the impact of Virginia’s new marijuana laws on housing managers trying to deal with conflict between tenants and their neighbors as the smell of marijuana looms large. was spreading in apartment buildings in the city.
“There are currently many properties that have rental agreements where residents agree not to smoke, and it’s a smoke-free community,” said Patrick McCloud, CEO of the Virginia Apartment Management Association.
McCloud said just because the laws have changed doesn’t mean all tenants can immediately start using or growing cannabis without checking their lease or talking to their property management.
Read more here
04) Gloucester’s grandmother dies hours after receiving COVID vaccine
After COVID made many changes to Virginia in 2020, most Virginians were able to get the COVID vaccine in 2021. And while most vaccinated Virginians experience no side effects or mild side effects, there are some situations. raised concerns. In February 2021, Drene Keye, 58, of Gloucester, died hours after receiving the Pfizer vaccine, according to her daughter.
The grandmother of six lived with diabetes, sleep apnea and obesity, which made her eligible for the first dose before many other Virginians.
Doctors told Keye’s daughter her mother suffered from flash pulmonary edema.
“Doctors told me it could be caused by anaphylaxis,” Lisa Jones said.
Anaphylaxis is a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction that rarely occurs after vaccination.
According to the CDC, in the United States, as of Jan. 19, 2021, there were 45 cases of anaphylaxis with the Pfizer vaccine out of the several million donated.
The risks were also stated on the documents Keyes received prior to his shooting. Read more here
03) What You Can & Cannot Do Now That Marijuana Is Legal In Virginia
And they say you can’t get addicted to marijuana. This list seems to be!
The third most read story on the website and the top marijuana post provided a handy list of dos and don’ts for marijuana users, growers, and marijuana enthusiasts in general. Did we mention that Virginia’s new marijuana laws are a bit confusing? Read more here
02) Dad throws 80,000 cents on Mum’s lawn as the final child support payment. His daughter responds with kindness.
Every now and then, a local report will grab the attention of the world. This was the case in May 2021 when a Virginia father threw 80,000 cents outside his 18-year-old daughter’s Henrico house and told her mother it was his last child support. The story posted on WTVR in June 2021 went viral, not only because of the video of the man throwing the coins, but also, and most importantly, because of what the young woman and her mom did with the silver. They donated the payment of $ 824 to Safe harbor, a Henrico-based non-profit organization that helps survivors of sexual and domestic violence and human trafficking.
In response to this kind gesture, donations began to flow to Henrico from all over the world. Ultimately, Safe Harbor raised over $ 50,000 in donations for this unique incident.
“[Her] A single donation of $ 824 has resulted in over 300 donations totaling over $ 50,000 to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence and human trafficking, ”said Mary Maupai, Director of Development at Safe Harbor, when ‘she was reached by email this week. “We are more than grateful for this support. . Read more here
01) Virginia’s Minimum Wage Increase Comes Into Effect This Weekend
The answer to most questions can be money, money can be the root of all evil, and money may not be able to buy you love, but money is for sure. the # 1 story on WTVR.com for 2021. At the end of April 2021, WTVR.com readers were excited to read the Virginia minimum wage increase.
The minimum wage went from $ 7.25 to $ 9.50 an hour on Saturday May 1.
The state’s minimum wage was due to increase in January 2021 but was postponed to May 1 due to uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here
So there you have it, that’s the list. Are you surprised? Click here to let us know which stories you remember the most from 2021.