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Study: Pot legalization in U.S. states could hurt Mexican cartels

Study: Pot legalization in U.S. states could hurt Mexican cartels | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
This may not weigh heavily on the minds of voters in Seattle, but if Washington and two other U.S. states decide to legalize marijuana in next week's election, the impact on drug traffickers in Mexico could be enormous.
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Mari Freitag's comment, November 4, 2012 8:36 PM
I think that a lot of the conclusions in this article are pretty obvious. I understand the points by both sides of this debate, but I think that the worry about illegal trafficking between state lines is not a good enough reason to prevent the drug from being legalized. If legalized, marijuana would just be another product regulated by the federal government through the commerce clause in the constitution. I'll be very interested to see what the effects are on other states and the mexican cartels if these initiatives pass in any of the states. The writer of the article is very correct that this would be a game changer for the war on drugs nationwide and worldwide. I've always thought that legalizing pot would help alleviate some of the conflict in Mexico and on the border, simply because it would reduce the revenue those cartels are getting from drug sales. Legalizing marijuana would absolutely take out cartel sales of the drug because the cost of domestic and legal marijuana would be so much less. I don't know that anyone can really predict the way the cartels will react, but I feel like legalizing the drug will only help in the long run.
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Grand jury indicts Fairbanks fire victim for murder, arson

Grand jury indicts Fairbanks fire victim for murder, arson | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Police say a man burned in a deadly Fairbanks apartment fire last January now faces charges of murder and arson for starting the blaze that killed two women.
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Alaska man gets 4 life terms in Coast Guard deaths

Alaska man gets 4 life terms in Coast Guard deaths | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
ANCHORAGE — A U.S. District Court judge has sentenced James Wells to four consecutive life terms for gunning down two co-workers at a Coast Guard communications station on Kodiak Island in April 2012.
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Three Arctic villages consider loosening alcohol restrictions

Three Arctic villages consider loosening alcohol restrictions | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In three villages in Alaska's Arctic Northwest -- Kobuk, Ambler and Shungnak -- some community members are pushing to relax local option restrictions on alcohol.
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Marijuana now legal in Washington, but Alaskans shouldn't get any ideas

Marijuana now legal in Washington, but Alaskans shouldn't get any ideas | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Washington state began selling recreational marijuana Tuesday, but law enforcement officials in Alaska say they aren't anticipating increased importation of the drug, which remains illegal in the state.
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Smelling Death: On the Job With New York's Crime-Scene Cleaners

Smelling Death: On the Job With New York's Crime-Scene Cleaners | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
CSI and Law & Order would have you believe that a crime scene empties out after the glitzy detectives are done with it. In reality, somebody else has to come in and clean it all up.
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Mexican cartels branching out to Europe?

ICE, law enforcement are not worried about just drug cartels in Mexico anymore
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Is Uber Above the Law? Probably Not

Is Uber Above the Law? Probably Not | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Virginia's greater aggressiveness at enforcing its orders to the rideshare companies may be paying off
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The atlas of King George

The atlas of King George | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
WHEN King George III proclaimed in 1763 that Canada’s indigenous peoples had rights to their ancestral lands, it bought peace with the locals who outnumbered and...
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Better policy?  Or, is the Alaska way better?

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Nearly 1 in 5 high school seniors have tried hookah

Nearly 1 in 5 high school seniors have tried hookah | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Hookah bars are becoming more popular in the United States as teens trade cigarettes for other forms of tobacco, including smoking hookah.
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How the FBI Tried to Steer Teen Away From Jihad

How the FBI Tried to Steer Teen Away From Jihad | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Shannon Maureen Conley tried to board a plane at Denver's international airport on April 8 in an effort to fly to Turkey by way of Germany in order to get to Syria.
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More Than 60 Shot, 9 Dead in Chicago's Bloody Holiday Weekend

More Than 60 Shot, 9 Dead in Chicago's Bloody Holiday Weekend | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Independence Day celebrations were marred by multiple shootings in Chicago that reportedly left at least nine dead and 60 injured.
The first fatal shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. Friday, kicking off a violent weekend for the city.
Corey Hudson, 34, was killed after a car pulled up and someone...
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LAPD To Stop Complying With Most Requests To Detain People On Possible Immigration Violations

LAPD To Stop Complying With Most Requests To Detain People On Possible Immigration Violations | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he wants the city to treat immigrants with respect and dignity while we wait on the federal government to act on immigration reform.
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Man accused of injuring 4 cops with pink bike held on $500K bail 

Man accused of injuring 4 cops with pink bike held on $500K bail  | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The Brooklyn brute accused of injuring four cops when he hurled a pink child's bike out of a fifth-floor balcony was jailed on a half-million dollar bond Monday.
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Fairbanks police issue caution after THC-infused candy found on city street

Fairbanks police issue caution after THC-infused candy found on city street | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Fairbanks police say an adult found a bag of medically prescribed THC candy on a street, and authorities urged parents to caution their children about the many forms drugs can take.
Updated: 6/27/14 8:10 pm
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Healy Lake chief charged with theft of tribe's funds while abandoning village

Healy Lake chief charged with theft of tribe's funds while abandoning village | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A Fairbanks woman at the center of an Interior Alaska tribal feud has been charged in federal court for theft of government funds as well as embezzlement and theft from a tribal organization. A small group of opposing Healy Lake tribe leaders say Joann Polston strong-armed her way to the tribe’s top spot, then abandoned the community.
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska: Alaska man accused of ramming Porsche into pickup | National | Merced Sun-Star

FAIRBANKS, Alaska: Alaska man accused of ramming Porsche into pickup | National | Merced Sun-Star | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An Alaska man faces felony charges after authorities say he launched his sports car into the side of a three-quarter-ton pickup truck during a fit of road rage in Fairbanks.
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He must not know the lugnut rule: he who has the most lugnuts wins.

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Hard-Drive-Sniffing Dog Helps Fight Child Porn : DNews

Hard-Drive-Sniffing Dog Helps Fight Child Porn : DNews | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Golden labrador can find hard drives and other computer gadgetry wherever they may be hidden.
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What Do Philosophers Do?

What Do Philosophers Do? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Outside of academia, that is.
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Cartels Exploit Immigration Crisis To Smuggle More Drugs Across Border

Cartels Exploit Immigration Crisis To Smuggle More Drugs Across Border | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Immigrants from Central America are crossing the border in record numbers, including unaccompanied minors, especially in Texas.
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Here's The Crime-Ridden Hellscape That Is Colorado After Legal Weed

Here's The Crime-Ridden Hellscape That Is Colorado After Legal Weed | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
By Daniel Wallis DENVER, July 3 (Reuters) - At the Native Roots Apothecary, a discreet marijuana shop in a grand old building in Denver's busy 16th street shopping mall, business is so brisk that customers are given a number before ...
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Fed up: Anger rising across America

Fed up: Anger rising across America | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Every Fourth of July we have a family dinner and take turns reading sections of the Declaration of Independence. 
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I recently read that we must decide that truth is more important than justice.  In truth, all freedom is precious--even when it might be abused to commit a sneak attack.  In justice, enforcement and investigation becomes our focus.  I'm very swayed by this idea.  I think we should first uphold "truth" and then try to find reasonable justice within Human Dignity....what do you think?

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Cuomo Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Into Law at Ceremony

Cuomo Signs Medical Marijuana Bill Into Law at Ceremony | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
New York is the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana, and Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is trying to strike the right balance with the legislation.
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Google Co-Founder: People Shouldn't Have to Work So Much

Google Co-Founder: People Shouldn't Have to Work So Much | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Google co-founder Larry Page doesn't want people to work so hard.
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That was the vision of labor unions.  There's certainly enough economic value to do so, if we don't try to compete with world markets for cheap labor.  Can we do so with a Scandinavian model?  Would it be better to have everyone working less at a good standard of living versus the poor and welfare roles that we have now?

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Feds: Boston Bomb Suspect Texted 'Don't Go Thinking It's Me'

Feds: Boston Bomb Suspect Texted 'Don't Go Thinking It's Me' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Just minutes after twin explosions ripped through the Boston Marathon finish line killing three people, one of the accused bombers allegedly told a friend that he wasn't to blame.
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Pope Asks Forgiveness From Victims of Sex Abuse

Pope Asks Forgiveness From Victims of Sex Abuse | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In his first meeting with people abused by members of the clergy, Francis led a private Mass and pledged not to tolerate harm done to minors.
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