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Pot Smoking Parents

Pot Smoking Parents

Pot Smoking Parents Voters or legislators in 29 states plus Guam, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes and eight states have legalized it for recreational use. According to the Pew Research Center, at the end of 2016, 57% of U.S. adults say marijuana should be legal despite the […]

“Dumb on Crime”

“Dumb on Crime”

“Dumb on Crime” Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, liberals and conservatives, there was support from both the right and the left to dismantle the “war on drugs” and reduce mass incarceration.  For a number of years, citizens have rejected the politicians’ shibboleth of “tough on crime.”  Public opinion polls supported treatment over incarceration, particularly for non-violent crimes.  […]

Take Me Koala Back, Jack

Take Me Koala Back, Jack

Take Me Koala Back, Jack Melbourne, Victoria The distance between San Francisco, my home airport, and Melbourne, Australia is 7,860 miles and the flight time is about 17 ½ hours including a change of planes in Los Angeles. However, when you get there it’s always surprising how much more we are like the Aussies than […]

Why Democracy?

Why Democracy?

Why Democracy? The number of people claiming that the American governmental system is broken and that it is impossible to fix is growing. Anti-democratic rhetoric is now common. On Twitter, Facebook and other social media, people routinely claim that our founders created a republic, not a democracy, while others express support for rolling back democratic […]

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 […]