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Drug Recognition Experts Combating Drugged-Driving

Drug Recognition Experts Combating Drugged-Driving

Drug Recognition Experts Combating Drugged-Driving By JSI Associate Thomas Page, Drug Recognition Expert Emeritus The Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) program, procedure, and police officers constitute a systems approach to identifying, apprehending, and prosecuting the individual who drives while under the influence of a drug or drugs.  The program and procedures were initially developed in the 1980s […]

Therapy and Justice Belong Together

Therapy and Justice Belong Together

Therapy and Justice Belong Together Guest Authors ARIE FREIBERG, Emeritus Professor of Law, Monash University Dr BECKY BATAGOL, Senior Lecturer in Law, Monash University Both Co-Authors Non-Adversarial Justice, 2nd ed, 2014 The Australian published an opinion piece in which Jennifer Oriel argued that that ‘activist judges’ are usurping the role of parliament in promoting non-adversarial justice, therapeutic […]

Happy Anniversary, Romer v. Evans

Happy Anniversary, Romer v. Evans

Happy Anniversary, Romer v. Evans May 20, 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Romer v. Evans. This was the first positive decision by that Court on the issues of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights. It overturned a discriminatory Colorado initiative (Amendment 2) that sought to amend the state […]

Marijuana in the Workplace

Marijuana in the Workplace

Marijuana in the Workplace Along with alcohol and other drugs in the workplace, the advent of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in many states requires employers to face a variety of issues related to the use of marijuana by employees. “The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated in 2007 […]

DUI Test Refusal and Criminal Charges – What’s Next?

DUI Test Refusal and Criminal Charges – What’s Next?

DUI Test Refusal and Criminal Charges – What’s Next? There is much speculation regarding the impact, if any, of the McNeely[1] decision on warrantless blood draws in DUI/DUID traffic investigations, stops, DUI test refusals, and arrests. The analysis is varied with some claiming that the holding mandates that law enforcement secure a warrant prior to any […]

Will Colorado’s Recreational Marijuana Law Disappear?

Will Colorado’s Recreational Marijuana Law Disappear?

Will Colorado’s Recreational Marijuana Law Disappear? Colorado’s Amendment 64 was passed as a ballot initiative in Colorado in 2012. The voters in Colorado approved the Amendment, which amended Article XVIII of the Colorado Constitution. This constitutional amendment allowed for the legalization of recreational marijuana.  Colorado is one of four states and the District of Columbia […]

Cannabis Use: A New Approach to Harm Reduction?

Cannabis Use: A New Approach to Harm Reduction?

Cannabis Use: A New Approach to Harm Reduction? The topic of marijuana is of growing interest across the world.  At least 10 countries have seen or will see marijuana legalization either recreational or medical use: Spain, Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Ecuador, Israel[1] and Australia.[2] As of 2015, Bangladesh, North Korea, Czech Republic, Portugal, Uruguay, the Netherlands, […]