Category Archives: Drugs

The push for pot

Tweet The following post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. When Colorado and Washington voters approved ballot initiatives last November to legalize the use and possession of up to an ounce … Continue reading

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Pot supporters want to diminish human excellence

Tweet Voters in Colorado, Oregon and Washington will soon decide whether marijuana will be legalized in their states. More and more conservative and libertarian politicians are getting behind the movement to legalize pot. Anti-immigration stalwart Tom Tancredo from Colorado and … Continue reading

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Drug legalization and ‘victimless crimes’

Tweet   Before I’m willing to sit down and discuss innovative ways we can reform the criminalization of drugs (and any related alcohol issues in Utah), I need to make clear a fundamental perspective about human action and free will … Continue reading

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Hanging out with the ‘legalize it’ crowd

Tweet   “I’m surprised you’re here … actually, I’m shocked,” was the candid response when I bumped into David Nott, president of the Reason Foundation, last week at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Los Angeles. (Actually, it was … Continue reading

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Sundance Film Festival brings much more than money to Utah — and you may not like it

Tweet   The Sundance Film Festival brings a lot of economic activity to Utah, but is the festival something the state should endorse using tax dollars and legislation? A recent report estimates that the 2011 Sundance Film Festival produced $70.9 … Continue reading

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Is this really a $40 million problem?

Tweet The Salt Lake Tribune reported yesterday that Salt Lake County is considering building a “‘community corrections center’ designed to help convicted wrongdoers who wrestle with drug addictions or mental health problems break free from their criminal past,” a kind … Continue reading

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Want to fix illegal immigration? Fix ourselves first

Tweet During Utah’s immigration debate this year, some people argued that tightening controls on America’s southern border and strictly enforcing immigration laws in Utah would solve our problems associated with illegal immigration. In a fascinating article in the newest edition … Continue reading

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