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Q+A: Ex-law enforcement officer explains why he works to legalize marijuana
Jason Thomas helped carry out the war on drugs, but what he saw convinced him it wasn’t always a just cause. During his two and a half years in law enforcement ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Law Recreational drug use Decriminalization Prohibition Cannabis Cannabis Police Prison
Marijuana could replace tobacco as sin-tax jackpot
With fewer people smoking, cigarette tax revenue is declining. So it isn't far-fetched to imagine that pot could one day soon overtake tobacco as the better cash cow.
23 points by The Denver Post | Indirect tax Decriminalization Legalization Value added tax Regressive tax Victimless crime Cannabis Recreational drug use
Primary survey: UNH student joins four-way race for GOP nod for House seats
Jim NasserParty: RepublicanAge: 22Town: NottinghamOccupation: student attending UNH – graduating December 2016Incumbent? NoCommuter rail funding? It is a potentially good idea for the future, but for now it will cost millions of dollars in taxpayer money, and that is something we cannot afford.Provi...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Property Employment Tax United States Constitution Legalization Minimum wage Decriminalization New Hampshire
Primary survey: Three Republicans vie for chance to face House incumbents
Joseph M. AlibrandiParty: Republican Age: 54Town: Hillsboro Occupation: scientist/ product development engineer Incumbent? No, first time running for any office. Do you support . . .Commuter rail funding? I do not support taxpayers funding the commuter rail. I am for creating jobs in N.H. and this...
9 points by Concord Monitor | Minimum wage Decriminalization Cannabis United States Constitution Legalization Legal and medical status of cannabis Legality of cannabis by country Education
Hawaii weighs bill that would legalize prostitution
HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers are considering decriminalizing prostitution in the Aloha State after House Speaker Joseph Souki introduced a bill. The proposal also would end a state law that says police officers can’t have sex with prostitutes in the course of investigations. Transgender activist Tracy Ryan says she’s pushing the bill because transgender women in...
301 points by New York Post | Hawaii Prostitution United States Rape Human sexuality Honolulu Decriminalization Sexual intercourse
Marijuana entrepreneurs celebrate ballot results, say business flourishing
Legalized recreational marijuana in an increasing number of states will reduce unnecessary arrests for people in possession the plant, exhibitors and speakers at this week’s ...
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Cannabis Cannabis Marijuana Policy Project Rob Kampia U.S. state Recreational drug use Decriminalization Ethan Nadelmann
Society benefits from people willing to change their minds: Dean Boland (Opinion)
Guest columnist Dean Boland argues that society benefits from the so-called "flip-floppers," who are willing to change their minds. Dean BolandDean Boland Guest columnist Dean Boland is a writer and self-described technology nerd living in Lakewood, dreaming of the day an AI robot will cook dinner for him. The political season we are in is populated with politicians and pundits hurling accusations of "flip flopping." Alongside those competing volleys are politicians asserting they live or would govern by a set of unchanging and unchangeable "principles." Between a flip-flopper and a permanently lodged "principle"-ist, there is no middle ground. The media attaches either of these labels but offers no label for someone who generally adheres to principles (e.g. loyalty, decency, etc.) but is susceptible to changing their views in the face of changing circumstances. Do we really want a leader or a spouse or even a friend who is either one of the extremes? The ratings value of the extremes, however, is apparent and promoted by the media. No graphics department at CNN is ever going to be breathlessly asked, "can you get us a set of intro graphics, you know, right away, for our piece about the reasonable politician who lived a solid life, but also changed his views over time showing he was open to reasonable arguments?" Boring. But, that is the person we all want to be and want as part of our lives. No one enjoys being around someone whose values and beliefs are ossified or, the opposite, are entirely situational. With a so called flip-flopper, you have no solid understanding of whether they are conservative or liberal, mature or immature, favoring free speech or not, Browns or Steelers. Who can have a meaningful relationship with that person? Conversely, imagine trying to befriend the person who established their "bedrock principles" of either conservatism or liberalism, at a young age and vowed to never change them -- and never did. The greatest moral questions of U.S. history never get resolved without people believing strongly in one thing, slavery for example, and eventually changing their minds in sufficient numbers to change the practice. About 100 years ago, women could not vote and were relegated to second-class citizenship. Today, the Democratic nominee is a woman who also was a Secretary of State and so forth. The majority of people polled, just 10 years ago, were against legalizing gay marriage. Today, it is legalized nationwide thanks to a Supreme Court decision and so many state legislatures legalizing it before the Supreme Court caught up. Just 10 years ago, the United States was openly threatening Canada as it considered legalizing marijuana. Today, many states have legalized it, including the District of Columbia, and polling indicates a majority of Americans favor legalization. We best benefit as a society by a voting and information consuming public that thinks for itself. If we all managed our relationships trying to eliminate all people who have "flip-flopped" on any issue or had the same unchangeable opinions established in their youth, there would be no meaningful friends left to befriend. All that would remain are reliably unreliable people and those who are reliably cemented to nothing other than the amorphous "principles." As with so many things broadcast on television, real life is so much more complicated and nuanced than 12-minute sound bites about flip-floppers and "principled" believers. The ideal is somewhere in between, that boring place that is no story on the news and of no interest to those slicing up public figures for simply being human. The people who value loyalty, decency and commitment, generally, and who have positions amenable to change in response to reasonable arguments are the "boring " people that make lifelong friends and ideally, the best political representatives. Readers are invited to submit Opinion page essays on topics of regional or general interest. Send your 500-word essay for consideration to Linda Kinsey at [email protected] Essays must also include a brief bio and headshot of the writer. Essays rebutting today's topics are also welcome. Have something to say about this topic? Use the comments to share your thoughts, and stay informed when readers reply to your comments by using the Notification Settings (in blue) just below.
3 points by The Plain Dealer | United States Supreme Court of the United States Victimless crime Law Legalization Decriminalization Change Supreme court
Panel sees problems in legalizing recreational marijuana in Nevada
In November, Nevadans will vote on whether to legalize recreational marijuana — Question 2 would allow adults 21 years and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana legally. On Saturday, a panel of experts largely argued that legalization might be a bad idea.
307 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Law Victimless crime Recreational drug use Legalization Decriminalization Criminology Cannabis Psychoactive drug