Author Archive | Jacob Sullum

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Sessions Says He Is Sticking With His Predecessors’ Tolerance of State-Legal Marijuana

House Judiciary CommitteeTestifying before the House Judiciary Committee today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed that he is not abandoning his predecessors’ policy of prosecutorial forbearance regarding state-licensed marijuana businesses. “Our policy is the same, really, fundamentally, as the Holder-Lynch policy, which is that the federal law remains in effect and a state can legalize marijuana […]

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The Legend of Zombie Drugs Will Not Die

In a story about the synthetic cathinone alpha-PVP (a.k.a. flakka), The Kansas City Star cites “one highly publicized Florida case” in which “a man reportedly high on flakka gnawed on and disfigured another man’s face before he was shot to death by police.” The Star, which made the same claim in another story about flakka […]

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Going ‘a Little Too Far’ With a 14-Year-Old Girl Could Have Ruined Roy Moore’s Life

TwitterRandy Brinson, president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, told The New York Times “the only part that is concerning” about The Washington Post‘s description of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore’s relationships with teenaged girls is the alleged sexual encounter with Leigh Corfman when she was 14. That’s debatable, since voters (especially the social conservatives […]

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Devin Kelley, Cleared to Buy Guns Despite Beating His Wife and Son, Couldn’t Get a Carry Permit Because He Beat His Dog

A 2014 animal cruelty charge prevented the Texas church shooter from obtaining a concealed handgun license. Jacob Sullum|Nov. 9, 2017 12:30 pm FacebookAfter Devin Kelley murdered 26 people at a Texas church on Sunday, Gov. Greg Abbott noted that the killer had unsuccessfully sought a concealed handgun license from the state Department of Public Safety […]

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New Jersey’s Newly Elected Governor Wants to Legalize Pot

campaign photoYesterday New Jersey voters elected a governor who wants to legalize marijuana, while Virginia voters elected a governor who wants to eliminate criminal penalties for simple possession. Incoming New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat who defeated Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, will succeed Republican Chris Christie, who as a candidate for his party’s 2016 […]

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Treating Drug Overdoses As Homicides May Be Deadly

WikimediaBecause prompt medical attention is crucial in saving people from potentially fatal opioid overdoses, 40 states and the District Columbia have enacted “911 Good Samaritan” laws that shield bystanders from some drug-related charges when they call for help. But as a new report from the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) notes, a countervailing legal trend undermines […]

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Vetoing Voters, Maine’s Governor Blocks Marijuana Legalization

Governor’s OfficeMaine Gov. Paul LePage on Friday vetoed a bill that would implement the marijuana legalization initiative that voters approved last November by establishing a system to license and regulate production and distribution of cannabis for the recreational market. Today state legislators are considering whether to override his veto or further delay commercial cultivation and […]

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Would Extremer Vetting Have Stopped This Week’s Attack in Manhattan?

In response to this week’s terrorist attack in New York City, Donald Trump promised that “the United States will be immediately implementing much tougher Extreme Vetting Procedures,” because “the safety of our citizens comes first!” But the more we learn about Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek immigrant accused of running down pedestrians and bicyclists with a […]

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