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Feud With Amber Tamblyn Shows James Woods’ Confusion About Age-of-Consent Laws

Last week’s Twitter feud between actors James Woods and Amber Tamblyn, which gave birth to an op-ed piece by Tamblyn in yesterday’s New York Times, revealed some telling misconceptions about age-of-consent laws. Woods, despite his history of dating very young women, does not seem to understand that such laws vary from one jurisdiction to another. […]

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The 28 States Where a Little Pot Can Still Send You to Jail

Tomorrow New Hampshire becomes the 22nd state to eliminate that possibility. Jacob Sullum|Sep. 15, 2017 6:15 pm JZSTomorrow New Hampshire will become the 22nd state to eliminate the possibility of jail for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Under a law passed this year, adults caught with three-quarters of an ounce or less will face a […]

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After 5 Years, Ferguson Drops Bogus Charges That Cost Navy Veteran His Job

In its 2015 report on the Ferguson, Missouri, police department’s rights-violating, revenue-maximizing enforcement of the city’s municipal code, the Justice Department described a 32-year-old African-American man who was accosted by a cop while “sitting in his car cooling off after playing basketball” in a local park on a summer afternoon in 2012. That man was […]

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The Times Thinks Deregulation Is Meddling If It Helps Religious People or Gun Owners

A New York Times story about Donald Trump’s unlikely alliance with social conservatives bizarrely claims that loosening rules to which they object contradicts his deregulatory stance. Under the headline “Where Trump’s Hands-Off Approach to Governing Does Not Apply,” Ben Protess, Danielle Ivory, and Steve Eder report that the president is pursuing an “aggressive regulatory agenda” […]

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Despite Legalization, Adolescent Marijuana Use Hits 15-Year Low

Past-month cannabis consumption by 12-to-17-year-olds is down by more than 20 percent since 2002. Jacob Sullum|Sep. 7, 2017 4:41 pm NSDUHSurvey data released today indicate that teenagers were less likely to smoke pot last year than at any point since 2002, despite the message supposedly sent by the relaxation of marijuana laws during that period. […]

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Fixating on Adolescent Vaping Could Be Deadly for Adult Smokers

Office of the Surgeon GeneralThe first surgeon general’s report on e-cigarettes, published last December, could have highlighted the enormous harm-reducing potential of products that simulate smoking but do not contain tobacco or burn anything. Instead Surgeon General Vivek Murthy sounded the alarm about adolescent vaping, which he called “a major public health concern.” A critique […]

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