Ransomware attacks on government computer systems in Colorado, Georgia and California have officials bracing for disruptions that could prompt dangerous traffic-control outages on rail, highway and city-street systems. Officials are now realizing they need to beef up defenses.
The state’s program has stopped bomb threats, suicides, murders, and prevented people from getting continuously bullied or threatened. It isn’t perfect, but it has saved lives and even won support from the ACLU, writes a former LAPD commander.
Colorado is bound by a 2012 federal lawsuit settlement to conduct mental competency evaluations of accused criminals within 28 days of a judge’s order. But demand is outpacing the system’s capacity, and some are waiting four months for the exams.
Legalization advocates hoped that regulating marijuana would force the weed industry out of the shadows and onto tax rolls. But smugglers are taking advantage of a patchwork of laws, growing and processing the drug in states where it’s legal and shipping it to states where it’s not.
A bill pending in the Colorado legislature would allow pot growers and retailers to reclassify their recreational pot as medical pot if a change in federal law or enforcement occurs. That could cost the state $100 million in tax revenues.
With Colorado and Washington passing laws to make marijuana legal (the initiative failed in Oregon), backers of saner drug laws have to be celebrating as the nation moves a step closer to the day when hundreds of thousands of Americans annually won't be needlessly turned into felons. But even in states with pot laws still on the books, there is a relatively simple way we can quit filling our nation's prisons: Jury ification. During Prohibition there were large pockets of […]
Smoking marijuana for recreational purposes will be legal in Colorado and Washington, following passage of history-making state ballot initiatives last night. The two states were among six where referendums on marijuana use were on the ballot. Under the measures in Colorado and Washington, those 21 years of age and older will be allowed to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana. Colorado's Amendment 64 passed with 54 percent of the vote, and Washington's Initiative 502 garnered 55 percent. However, a […]