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  • Originally published 07/15/2015

    A More Historic Act of Clemency

    Zach Hidin

    Commuting the sentences of 46 nonviolent drug offenders may seem historic. But history sets the bar higher still.

  • Originally published 05/07/2015

    How 4/20 Became 4/20

    A.J. McCarthy and Rachel Stewart

    Probably not the way you heard.

  • Originally published 01/15/2014

    Why is Hemp Illegal?

    Bradley J. Borougerdi

    The real reason hemp is illegal may surprise you -- it has everything to do with Orientalism.

  • Originally published 09/25/2013

    Surveillance and the FISA Court

    Bruce Ackerman

    Proposed reforms, such as making public all opinions on important legal issues and creating a civil liberties advocate, would help.

  • Originally published 06/28/2014

    A Federal Schizophrenia About Marijuana

    Liberty and Power

    There is supposed to be bipartisan support for amending the federal criminal code so that tens of thousands of non-violent criminals do not rot in prison at taxpayers' expense. Among the "criminals" often mentioned are those convicted of possessing or selling marijuana, which is widely viewed as less harmful than legal substances such as alcohol or tobacco. Is the Obama administration sincere in its stated intention to ease draconian drug sentences? Or is the rhetoric just that?