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Suddenly, Pot Is Legal in (Part of) the United States

Suddenly, Pot Is Legal in (Part of) the United States | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
While you were watching to see whether Romney or Obama won Ohio, both Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday.
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Kiara's comment, November 12, 2012 6:28 PM
This didn't come as a huge shock to me. It's been a topic of discussion & debate for entirely too long, in my opinion. I don't have a straight forward opinion on whether I think its a good or a bad thing. I think that unintended consequences will result from the legalization of marijuana. I also know that it will greatly improve the economic issues, the major debt problem that the U.S. is dealing with. When I started reading this article, the first thing that came to mind was the fact that the Federal Government probably isn't on board with these states. This will likely cause a lot of issues because there are two different laws being implemented, one says yes & one says no. I foresee this being a huge issue among distributors of this substance. I just hope that people take this new "right" of theirs and deal with it responsibly where as not to affect people who don't want any part in it. I just hope that the government can come to an appropriate method of monitoring the growth, distribution and consumption of it. The end of the article stating that by the 22nd century, Americans will be buying a pack of joints makes me laugh. So far that they know it hasn't caused lung cancer...more power to them. Regardless of whether it's legal or not I won't personally run out to smoke a joint. Not for me! Good reading!!!
T Hall's comment, November 14, 2012 1:36 AM
I think the progression towards legalizing marijuana is a wise decision. If people want to smoke and put themselves at risk, they should be allowed to do so while others benefit from their choices. The high tax on marijuana would potentially give America the educational boost we so desperately need to give students a useful education. In addition, though there has been little research done on marijuana (I believe due to Federal regulations), marijuana is one of the “safer” drugs one may choose to use. If alcohol and tobacco, which are leading causes of deaths and may influence poor behavior, can be legal, what’s the problem with marijuana? From a utilitarian standpoint, legalizing this drug would bring about the greatest good for the greatest number in terms of revenue that could go towards education.
Mari Freitag's comment, November 19, 2012 12:19 AM
I'm pretty fascinated with the legal power struggle between the state and federal governments that this is creating. I expect that we'll see some monumental supreme court opinions come out of this in a few years, which will be very interesting to read. I think that the article does predict well that this movement is continuing to gain momentum. What worries me is that the federal government isn't going to give these states a "free pass" when it comes to the drug. I think that it would probably take a statement by President Obama on behalf of states' rights, but I doubt that's going to happen. This is going to create a huge industry in CO and WA, but also make interstate trafficking that much more of an issue. I suppose that this already happens with alcohol between wet, dry, and damp boroughs and counties. Overall, this will be an incredibly interesting legal battle to watch over the coming years.
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An Alternative To Suspension And Expulsion: 'Circle Up!'

Oakland's restorative justice program is at the forefront of efforts to rethink school discipline.
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Possible upcoming attempts to disable the Tor network | The Tor Blog

Possible upcoming attempts to disable the Tor network | The Tor Blog | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it

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Mexican Law and Legal Research: A Guide Prepared in Conjunction with the Program 'Mexican Law and Legal Research: Overcoming the Challenges' by Jonathan Pratter, Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Bianca T An...

Mexican Law and Legal Research: A Guide Prepared in Conjunction with the Program 'Mexican Law and Legal Research: Overcoming the Challenges' by Jonathan Pratter, Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Bianca T An... | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
This guide, which is a compilation of articles by members of the American Association of Law Libraries’ Latin American Law Interest Group, covers all aspects of
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Jails: 'Asylums of the new millennium'

Jails: 'Asylums of the new millennium' | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Florida’s jails have become a dumping ground for the mentally ill because, in many cases, there is no place else for them to go.

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Would a Hippocratic Oath for Bankers Lead to Better Behavior?

Would a Hippocratic Oath for Bankers Lead to Better Behavior? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Starting in 2015, Dutch bankers must swear to uphold a 158-word honor code. Some fear it's hollow progress.
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Texas Plumber Has ‘No Idea’ How ISIS Militants Ended Up With His Old Truck

Texas Plumber Has ‘No Idea’ How ISIS Militants Ended Up With His Old Truck | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
"How it ended up in Syria, I’ll never know,” he said to CBS News.
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Well, if that isn't enough to plug y'er pipes....(it's a plumber truck...haha).

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Why Uber is Not Part of the Sharing Economy

I know that it might sound a bit strange, as Uber is one of the more common examples of the sharing economy. But bear with me for a minute while I try to make the case.

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The Tinder for crime-fighting might just be Tinder

The Tinder for crime-fighting might just be Tinder | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Well this is unusual. Buildzoom, an application for finding home contractors, is turning to the crowds to ID a woman who has robbed it multiple times. Specifically, the crowds on Tinder. Camera footage caught a pretty good shot of the woman’s face, so Buildzoom turned her into a Tinder profile. Founder David Petersen photoshopped a reward message on…
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Teen Marijuana Use Declines As Country Moves Toward Marijuana Legalization | Drug Policy Alliance

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For Jihadists, Denmark Tries Rehabilitation

For Jihadists, Denmark Tries Rehabilitation | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A pioneering program treats former fighters not as criminals or potential terrorists, but as wayward youths who deserve a second chance.
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'Virtual Body Swapping' Could Change People's Biases

'Virtual Body Swapping' Could Change People's Biases | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A futuristic virtual-reality exercise could bring new meaning to the saying "don't judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes."
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Sh*t CEOs say: 6 outrageous statements from America’s big-mouthed overlords

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Study offers support for the notion of e-cigarettes as a gateway drug

Study offers support for the notion of e-cigarettes as a gateway drug | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Do e-cigarettes lure teens into a world of vice that turns them into smokers of regular cigarettes? This is the big fear of anti-smoking activists, and new data from Hawaii suggest they may be right.
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Both Sides Undergoing Mediation To Resolve Homeless Feeding Dispute - WBUR

Both Sides Undergoing Mediation To Resolve Homeless Feeding Dispute - WBUR | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A 90-year-old activist has been arrested recently for feeding the homeless — an act that is illegal in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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Sister of French Prime Minister Kicks Heroin with Ayahuasca – The Ayahuasca Times

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Peru Is Indignant After Greenpeace Makes Its Mark on Ancient Site

Peru Is Indignant After Greenpeace Makes Its Mark on Ancient Site | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
A sign urging environmental action during a United Nations summit meeting on climate change was placed near a 1,000-year-old geoglyph that is a cultural treasure in Peru. Officials are outraged over the trespassing and the disturbance of the ancient grounds.
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Poster child for "gone a little too far"...

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'Gang-related': a controversial term with varying definitions - The Homicide Report

'Gang-related': a controversial term with varying definitions - The Homicide Report | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
In a recent training session for gang officers, LAPD Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese told a class from across the county that more than half of all killings in the city are gang-related ...
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The true cost of juvenile incarceration

The true cost of juvenile incarceration | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Brace yourself for some sticker shock

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Assembly kills proposal to ban marijuana sales in Anchorage

Assembly kills proposal to ban marijuana sales in Anchorage | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
An ordinance that would have banned commercial marijuana in Anchorage failed after four hours of public testimony and debate in Assembly chambers Tuesday night. Several Assembly members expressed concern that a ban would disconnect them from conversations regarding marijuana regulations at the state level.  
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Is economic reality wiping out the American dream?

Is economic reality wiping out the American dream? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The U.S. economy has been showing signs of more robust recovery, but many Americans say they're not feeling it. A new poll by The New York Times found the public is more pessimistic than it was right after the financial collapse. Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times joins Judy Woodruff to discuss American perceptions of economic mobility and inequality. Continue reading →
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Restorative justice may provide additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime, study shows

Restorative justice may provide additional justice mechanism for victims of sexual crime, study shows | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Despite a succession of revelations about sexual crime perpetrated in families, institutions and in communities, sexual crime is still largely un-reported with less than 1 in 10 cases ever reaching the criminal justice system. For the vast majority of victims of sexual crime a gulf exists between what ...
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Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’

Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’ | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Although African-Americans constitute only 13 percent of all Americans, nearly half of all prison inmates in the U.S. are black. This startling statistic has led the United Nations Human Rights Committee to publicly criticize the U.S. for its treatment of African-Americans.
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A Rare Glimpse Inside Pakistan's Anti-Taliban Operation in North Waziristan

A Rare Glimpse Inside Pakistan's Anti-Taliban Operation in North Waziristan | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Editor's note: The Peshawar school massacre follows pledges by the Pakistani Taliban to retaliate for an offensive targeting militants in North Waziristan th...
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Can there be an economy of terror?  Read down about halfway in the article about IED markets, etc.

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2013's Worst Red-Light Runners Cause Dangerous Collisions (:54) American Traffic Solutions - ATSOL

2013's Worst Red-Light Runners Cause Dangerous Collisions (:54) American Traffic Solutions - ATSOL | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
American Traffic Solutions, 2013's Worst Red-Light Runners Cause Dangerous Collisions (:54) - By American Traffic Solutions August 2013
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Hidden homeless make do in the shadows of downtown L.A.'s luxury

Hidden homeless make do in the shadows of downtown L.A.'s luxury | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Ammo lives under a bridge with half a dozen men, within shouting distance of Walt Disney Concert Hall .

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