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Feds can’t smoke pot, even in states where it’s legal

Feds can’t smoke pot, even in states where it’s legal | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it
EYE CATCHERS | Our recommended stories from The Washington Post and across the Web.

Via Sfitzg35
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

I find it fully that they try hard to pass the lay that smoking and having a tiny ounce of marijuana on legal, but if you work for the federal government it is still way out of the question and you will be given consequence if you break this law.

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Chelsie DeBus's curator insight, April 20, 2014 7:27 PM

This article is about that Federal Government workers can't smoke marijuana even if it is legal in the state they live in.  I agree with this article 100%. I think that if you are a government worker you shouldn't have any drugs in your system at all. This article relates to government and law because this is a law in the United States that a lot of different people have to follow. 

Rachel Sigrist's curator insight, April 24, 2014 1:50 PM

why can't they smoke where it is legal?

Katie Gilbertson's comment, April 27, 2014 4:34 PM
If it's legal, it's legal. No question about it for me at least. They shouldn't have different rules apply to different people. However, I can see where they are coming from if they don't want to encourage the product.
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Adult English language learners struggle against program's policy - Minnesota Public Radio

Adult English language learners struggle against program's policy - Minnesota Public Radio | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it
Adult English language learners struggle against program's policy
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And when those students are referred out, they may not have anywhere else they can go to learn English.

Via Judy Jackson, Wyatt Nelson
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

You can't punish this people for trying. If you stop them from speaking English now they will never learn and will never be able to become working U.S. citizens.

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Wyatt Nelson's curator insight, March 18, 2014 4:27 PM

I think this is wrong because the adults have no where else to go and get the English speaking skills they need to be successful. 

Ian (ACL) Whitney's comment, March 22, 2014 9:38 PM
I don't think this is right, it's almost racist.
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US Immigration Service set to introduce fingerprint checks

US Immigration Service set to introduce fingerprint checks | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it
US immigration department will be introducing new measures designed to tackle identity fraud.

Via John Carter
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

The U.S. Government is setting up a new system that scans fingerprints to check in they are a U.S. Citizen or not. This will increase our security and give us more of an improved border security.

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Michael Sigrist's curator insight, April 10, 2014 8:56 AM

I feel like this could be big for the US knowing that illegal immigrant numbers are rising as of late.

Margaret Silhasek's comment, April 13, 2014 2:25 AM
I think this is a great first step in the US controlling immigration, but I want to know what they plan to do about all of the illegal immigrants living in America who won't be scanned for fingerprints or anything...
Hope Schuster's comment, April 20, 2014 2:07 PM
I thought that this is a great thing to implement into today's society. it is a good first step
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Facebook Voting Begins On Issues Including Instagram, Email Privacy And The ... - Huffington Post

Facebook Voting Begins On Issues Including Instagram, Email Privacy And The ... - Huffington Post | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it

Sky News Australia - Facebook Voting Begins On Issues Including Instagram, Email Privacy And The ...Huffington Post - SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc opened the polls on Monday for its roughly 1 billion users to vote on a variety of changes to the...


Via Elise Franzetta Ware, Wyatt Nelson
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

I find it insane thst the new possible way of voting is through Facebook and I'm glad the government  is trying to change that.

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Katie Gilbertson's comment, March 15, 2014 10:26 PM
I personally don't care what Facebook decides to do, but some changes I don't think they need votes for. Also, I think that since not many users are concerned with the voting, it's sort of pointless. Volunteered data isn't the best to receive because they're usually biased anyways.
Alyssa Serrano's comment, March 16, 2014 12:29 AM
Since Facebook is always making changes, I don't think that you should be able to vote through there. I think it is good that the government is trying to change it.
Logan Felten's curator insight, May 27, 2014 9:35 AM

I think facebook should stay a social media and shouldn't get involved in politics. Especially considering the fact that so many people are hacked each year and that could be a risk to the "voting" being done.

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Note To 2012 Presidential Candidates: Your Social Media Presence ...

Note To 2012 Presidential Candidates: Your Social Media Presence ... | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it
After the huge role that social media played in the election of Barack Obama in 2008, it was clear to strategists, politicians, and the general public that.

Via Brad Bennett, Wyatt Nelson
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

It's crazy to think that even polotions look to social media for electoral advice and a new way to get their word out there.

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Wyatt Nelson's curator insight, March 5, 2014 6:42 PM

This article is about how social media helped Obama and changed the way candidates will campaign. 

Ian (ACL) Whitney's comment, March 9, 2014 1:26 AM
I also did this article and I couldn't believe that online voting was even a possibility!
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Cybercrime expert hunts child predators

Cybercrime expert hunts child predators | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it

“ John MacKinnon leads an ICE Homeland Security Investigations teamthat focuses on finding and rescuing exploited child victims.”


Via Law Enforcement, Megan O'Leary
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

I found it so amazing that someone would dedicate all their time to catch these creepy people. It will help improve a lot in our nation and may even effect our government!

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hlivin31's comment, February 7, 2014 6:06 PM
I think that it is fantastic that they are starting to do this! They have the technology why not put it to good use. This will hopefully lower the numbers of children who are assaulted and catch some of the criminals who are doing these terrible things. It gives me comfort to know the government is attempting to keep children safe and lower the amount of harrassments.
Jay Puffer's comment, February 9, 2014 1:14 AM
It's just amazing how much information an investigator can collect from just looking at the environment and surroundings in a photo or video. The progress that ICE is making is very impressive and I hope it continues to fight child pornography and molestation with more and more success.
Wyatt Nelson's comment, March 2, 2014 1:43 AM
I think this is a good because it helps the victims and help them with everything.
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Noahpinion: Does cutting government make it more efficient?

Noahpinion: Does cutting government make it more efficient? | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it

Via Alex Doran
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

The government needs to think longer and harder on how and why they hire and cut people. Everything they do has an opportunity cost, which they aren't paying much attention to the other end of what their  decision is on.

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MsHaeussinger's comment, February 23, 2014 10:11 AM
Government struggles to run as efficient as a business. While govt' certainly functions like a business sometimes, its challenges are much more complex.
Ann Marie Rydberg's curator insight, February 26, 2014 10:59 PM

I thought that this article offered a new perspective about reducing the size of government, but I don't completely agree with what it says.  This article stated that when you reduce the size of government, you can actually increase the inefficiency.  This happens because the "parasite" government programs are never the ones that get cut, rather the productive branches will be reduced.  I think that it is possible to reduce the size of government while still retaining efficiency if a closer look is taken at the branches being cut.  I don't understand why it would be so impossible to identify which programs were scamming the system because they wouldn't have made any productive output, be it monetary or otherwise.  For this reason, I believe that the size of government could be reduced, although it may not be easy. 

Haley Abrams's comment, March 1, 2014 11:50 PM
I thought that this article was very interesting. I do see how taking out the inefficient parts of the government could make the government more efficient but how would this be done. It would not be an easy or safe process and finding the right time to do this would also be difficult. You also run the risk of firing a person who is extremely effective. So while i do agree that the government should be more effective I do not believe that putting this plan in motion with limited information would be a good idea.
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The Second Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery

The Second Amendment was Ratified to Preserve Slavery | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it
The real reason for the Second Amendment's ratification was to preserve slave patrol militias.

Via René Z., Wyatt Nelson
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

This whole article states that the second amendment was ratified so slaves would be able to carry firearms in their slave patrols. Which if we didn't have to today no one would be allowed to carry firearms.

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Siobhan Chantigian's curator insight, February 24, 2014 11:01 PM

The second amendment states the right to bear arms.  However many people don't know the inferences behind that amendment and why that one was specifically put onto paper.

Lakin's curator insight, April 22, 2014 10:00 PM

This article is related to government and law because it is  talking about the second amendment. The second amendment was originally made to ratified slavery.  In this article you will find out why the second amendment was important back then and how it could ratified slavery. Why did the South still approve of slavery? Did we ever fix racism?   

Reed Klunder 's comment, April 24, 2014 5:14 PM
The second amendment allows the right to bear arms. It also, allowed to where African Americans could carry them when on patrol. Why did the government make the second amendment? If this amendment was taken away would it make that big of a difference?
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Supreme Court to decide whether to hear cases regarding right to ‘bear’ arms

Supreme Court to decide whether to hear cases regarding right to ‘bear’ arms | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it

“ The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide this month whether to hear two cases seeking clarification on what the Constitution’s framers intended in granting citizens the right to not only own but also “bear” arms.”


Via Teresa Herrin, Hope Schuster
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

This article is all about the court using the constitution to decide if the defendant has the right to bear arms instead of using personal hearing and evidence. 

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Hope Schuster's curator insight, February 11, 2014 11:17 AM
The article relates to government in the way that it looks to the constitution for guidance on whether citizens should have the right to bear arms. The courts are using the constitution for logic instead of other reasons such as personal preference.
Wyatt Nelson's comment, February 15, 2014 3:55 PM
It's alright for people to own guns but they can't be stupid about it. People don't need to carry guns around in public just because they have that right.
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Broke U.S. resumes spending

Broke U.S. resumes spending | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it
Limiting government growth is politically difficult, but if we don't do it, America is doomed.

Via Less Gov. More Fun.™, tcoble22
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

I didn't realize that Obama wanted to continue spending and dig us into a deeper hole of debt that seems to be never ending. I don't understand why someone would want or back this idea up, wouldn't you rather get out of debt as a country and feel comfortable being on a clean slate?

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Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 24, 2014 8:24 PM
It would be great if the US maybe stopped spending so much and starting working a little harder to improve our country. I would love to live in a country as powerful and great as the one we originally founded.
Abigail Beinborn's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:48 AM

Government spending has led to a massive debt. I believe there are ways we can spend less to help reduce our debt, but we can't stop spending governemnt money. We have to pay for the troops that fight for our country and many other people and things to keep this country going. We need to watch our government spending more closely and cautiously. 

Lauren Heim's comment, May 18, 2014 6:41 PM
The U.S. Spending has come to an all time low or should I say high? The government has only brought us the feeling of failure and that our economy is breaking down since they've only spent their money in places/things that don't actually work. The least they could do is slow it down or fund something that's actually useful.
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Lawmakers say change is needed after hearing benefits of e-cigarettes

Lawmakers say change is needed after hearing benefits of e-cigarettes | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it

“ OKLAHOMA CITY - In 2012, Oklahoma ranked 47th out of the 50 states for adults who smoke. According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, that ranking had changed to 39th in the nation by 201...”


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Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

I can't believe they would try to band e-cigarettes in some business in Oklahoma! They are so much less harmful compared to tar filled cigarettes that will ruin your body throughout time!

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Rachel Sigrist's curator insight, February 21, 2014 5:27 PM

They should make buying cigars illegal

Alyssa Serrano's comment, February 22, 2014 7:18 PM
I don't think they should ban them because they have helped some people smoke. They are not as harmful and they do not cause as much damage to people, plus there is no second hand smoke.
Katie Gilbertson's comment, February 22, 2014 11:20 PM
I think it is a much healthier alternative to smoking. However, I find that sometimes they rely on the e-cig too much when trying to quit. I think it's a good idea for those trying to quit for themselves and those around them because it is less harmful.
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Naval Academy sexual assault trial begins amid arguments over consent

Naval Academy sexual assault trial begins amid arguments over consent | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it

An ex-Navy football player faces trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a classmate at an off-campus party.


Via Megan O'Leary
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

This will be an interesting court case. Just because someone is very intoxicated doesn't give them the right to anything they want, espcially if they are a part of the U.S. Navy.

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hlivin31's comment, March 19, 2014 5:18 PM
This is ridiculous, I do not think that this behavior should be excused do to the fact alcohol was involved. I believe he should get in trouble for what he did, but it will be interesting to see what actually happens.
Wyatt Nelson's comment, March 22, 2014 5:09 PM
It doesn't matter if the person was intoxicated or not! He still should be responsible.
Jay Puffer's comment, March 22, 2014 11:14 PM
Tate may not get into as much trouble as he should since the prosecutor had no recollection of her and Tate engaging in sexual activity. So it isn't known for sure if the prosecutor gave consent to have sex. Whatever the outcome, this type of action is not beneficial and should not happen.
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The Top 4 Biggest Common Canadian Visa Mistakes

The Top 4 Biggest Common Canadian Visa Mistakes | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it
The Top 4 Biggest Migrants Errors and how to avoid them is the most common concern of the people. CIC has discovered them to be the most typical concerning immigration law.

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This gives you a great helpful reminder on what to make sure of before crossing into Canada or the other way around. It's the top 4 mistakes people make when getting a visa or just crossing without one.

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Illegal Immigration to US on Rise

Illegal Immigration to US on Rise | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it
It has been revealed that the US is seeing a rise in the numbers of people trying to get illegal immigration visas since the country started to see a more economically stable future.

Via John Carter
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

illegal immigrants are getting smarter and figuring out this is the time to be an American before the economy becomes stable again. Thats why we are seeing a steady increase in illegal immigrants.

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Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, May 15, 2014 3:03 PM
Crazy that there are so many people in our country illegally. It's great that some people actually do help our country but some illegals also hurt it as well. Our government needs to step up and figure out our immigration problem.
Andrew Beighley's comment, May 18, 2014 8:08 PM
This article is about how illegal immigration affects the US. The number of illegal immigrants is rising every year, and something needs to be done to stop it. The reason many of these people come here illegally is because they want a better future, but they don't want to have to wait for years to get it.
Mitchell Forrest Enerson's curator insight, May 21, 2014 2:02 PM

There are too many people that are getting into our country illegally and it needs to be controlled. We need to lock down borders and allow easier legal immigration. We would love to and need to have immigrants in our country but they need to become immigrants legally. Our government should make this top priority. 

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Government urged to think ahead on accessible housing » Housing » 24dash.com

Government urged to think ahead on accessible housing » Housing » 24dash.com | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it
A housing provider specialising in accessible housing for disabled tenants has urged the government to think ahead on access standards for new homes.

Via Steven Preece, tcoble22
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

This article is all about making new plans for housing with disabled people. This is a great and needed plan to have because there is an increase in disability and we need to figure out for their sake.

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Sfitzg35's comment, March 6, 2014 9:35 AM
I think this is a great idea because it will open up more opportunities for disabled people to buy and live in a house that is fit for their needs and style. I believe that everyone should be able to live in a house where they feel comfortable and don't have to worry about how to access things around the house.
cander05's comment, March 9, 2014 12:41 AM
This would be a great idea, as it would provide everybody with the opportunity to own and feel comfortable in their own house.
Wyatt Nelson's comment, March 9, 2014 12:53 AM
This is a good idea because disabled people can have hard times doing things in their house.
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Arizona lawmakers pass controversial anti-gay bill

Arizona lawmakers pass controversial anti-gay bill | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it
Arizona's Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gays.

Via Sfitzg35
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

This is so wrong on so many levels! It's like telling an African American come in because of his race! I don't agree with their actions at all.

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Wyatt Nelson's comment, March 2, 2014 1:46 AM
I think this is so wrong! You should not discriminate because people are gay! They should except everyone!
Chelsie DeBus's curator insight, March 17, 2014 7:23 AM

This article is about Arizona passing a law that states that they don't have to give business to people who are lesbians or gay.  I don't think it is right at all. Why shouldn't all people have the same rights as each other.  Do you think it is right?? This article relates to government and law because it is our own state that is passing a law like this. I can't believe how mean people can be. 

Katie Gilbertson's comment, March 21, 2014 11:39 AM
What happened to America being the symbol of freedom? The more stupid stunts like this people pull, the less "freedom" America has. People come here for better lives, and here are people just trying to bring them down because of their beliefs? This is wrong and could end very badly if it continued.
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Drug-Sniffing Dogs and the Fourth Amendment

Drug-Sniffing Dogs and the Fourth Amendment | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it
The constitutional protection from searches without a warrant should include protection from the police using a dog to smell for drugs.

Via August Pittius, Wyatt Nelson
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

Dogs have super sniffers that can, if trained properly, smell drugs and other illegal things from several yard away, even within buildings or objects. So I think it's against the 4th amendment to have a dog with that power sniff out something when a warrant isn't even issued.

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Wyatt Nelson's curator insight, February 26, 2014 3:15 PM

I think the cops using dogs outside the house does violate the 4th Amendment because they didn't have a warrant right away. Even if I wasn't doing anything illegal I wouldn't want a cop and his dog walking around the outside if my house.

Kenna Johnson's curator insight, March 6, 2014 1:12 AM

This is really interesting. There is such a fine line between what is and is not considered constitutional. In the first case the cop was clearly in the wrong and was impeding on the mans privacy. This relates to the 4th amendment because the 4th amendment means having the right to privacy and refusing to have, in this case, your house/car sniffed out without having a specific purpose.

Margaret Silhasek's comment, March 9, 2014 1:48 AM
I definitely think that dogs should be allowed sniff around a property, but if it finds something I don't think police should be able to take it until they have their search warrant.
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The United States Releases its Second Open Government National Action Plan | The White House

The United States Releases its Second Open Government National Action Plan | The White House | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it
The Obama Administration released the second U.S. Open Government National Action Plan, announcing 23 new or expanded open-government commitments that will advance these efforts even further.

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Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

This is all about all of the National Action Plan for the U.S. There are 23 new/ expanding plans that Obama has set in place to better improve our country and have us become a move open government.

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Ann Marie Rydberg's curator insight, March 12, 2014 10:00 PM

I thought that this article was very interesting, and I applaud the Obama administration for striving towards a more transparent government.  I think that it is very hard as citizens to understand everything that the government is doing and how these things affect our everyday lives.  Hopefully, plans like this one will make it easier for citizens to be more aware of what's happening in the white house.  However, I did find this article to be pretty biased.  It is a .gov site, so I obviously expected it to be very pro government, but it seemed a little too good to be true.  I do think that this National Action plan could be very good, but I'm not quite as confident in its success as the author of the article is. 

 

Buster Meyer's curator insight, April 15, 2014 9:39 PM

This article talks about how President Obama is trying to make the government better so everyone it applies to everyone in the U.S. I think this would be good because more people wouldn't disagree with it and would follow it. 

Michael Hanson's comment, April 20, 2014 1:25 PM
A good action plan is important, and Obama has a long road ahead of him so it's good to let the american people know what he has planned.
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Broke U.S. resumes spending

Broke U.S. resumes spending | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it
Limiting government growth is politically difficult, but if we don't do it, America is doomed.

Via Less Gov. More Fun.™, Margaret Silhasek
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

I don't know how the US can raise the debt line and think everything will be a hunky dory! They didn't cut the spending but expect more money to be forked out! It seriously confuses me!

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Mitchell Forrest Enerson's comment, April 24, 2014 8:24 PM
It would be great if the US maybe stopped spending so much and starting working a little harder to improve our country. I would love to live in a country as powerful and great as the one we originally founded.
Abigail Beinborn's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:48 AM

Government spending has led to a massive debt. I believe there are ways we can spend less to help reduce our debt, but we can't stop spending governemnt money. We have to pay for the troops that fight for our country and many other people and things to keep this country going. We need to watch our government spending more closely and cautiously. 

Lauren Heim's comment, May 18, 2014 6:41 PM
The U.S. Spending has come to an all time low or should I say high? The government has only brought us the feeling of failure and that our economy is breaking down since they've only spent their money in places/things that don't actually work. The least they could do is slow it down or fund something that's actually useful.
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The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism

The Department of Justice's Marijuana Memo Is a Disappointment for Federalism | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it
The Department of Justice had a historic opportunity to say that since the people of these states had spoken, as long as what happens in Colorado stays in Colorado, they wouldn't make a federal case out of it.
Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

This article is all about how the federal government feels about states that have legalized pot. The federal government still frowns upon it and feel that is shouldn't be legal. The Federal government still have the right ti bust any "pot smoking party" whenever they please.

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Austin Robertson's comment, April 20, 2014 7:49 PM
I don't know in the first place why in the world marijuana was made legal in the first place. If something was ILLEGAL it was illegal for a reason. By legalizing this they are basically promoting the distribution of drugs and that can lead to many other problems. It can lead to cartels that result in deaths because most do, it can lead to driving under the influence and guess who's shoulders that's going to fall back on, the governments. What if teens died in a car accident in Colorado because of weed, how do you think the government would feel after that? It's just stupid a pond careless.
pdowds30's comment, April 29, 2014 6:04 PM
I personally don't think that marijuana is an issue in the United States. It has never killed anyone. Alcohol is more dangerous than marijuana and has done quite the damage to our population. The federal government is right in saying that as long as it stays in Colorado, there is no issue. Legalizing marijuana nation-wide would decrease the crime rate significantly and allow many people to return to a good state of health. Just like same-sex marriage, if you don't like it, don't do it.
Becca Zieman's comment, May 3, 2014 12:01 AM
The topic of legalizing marijuana has been a huge topic in our country yet there are bigger things going on that people completely ignore. But I do think that states should have the right to decide for themselves whether to legalize something that they are in closer quarters with then the federal government is.
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Executive Order May Be Only Option, but It Comes With Limits

Executive Order May Be Only Option, but It Comes With Limits | Gov & Law - Ian Whitney | Scoop.it

President Obama’s moves to pursue executive orders may be the only route available given deep hostility in Congress, but only so much can be delivered if legislation is not passed.


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Ian (ACL) Whitney's insight:

I agree that Obama needs to use executive orders in order to make progress. But because of Congress, he is limited with the amount of changes he can make. Because it has such a huge impact on the nation, it must go through Congress. But these advances are being put down by the Republicans. This has forced Obama to take matters into his own hands.

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Jay Puffer's curator insight, February 3, 2014 11:38 PM
I agree that President Obama needs to use executive orders in order to make progress. However, he is limited with the amount of changes he can make because of Congress. Changes that have a larger impact on the country must go through Congress, but apparently these attempts are being shot down by most Republicans. This has forced Obama to take matters into his own hands. I say go for it, but be careful not to upset the right wing officials too much; an eagle needs both wings in order to fly.