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Addiction Stigma Interferes With Legislation

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

We are conditioned and taught to detach, to make it alone. That strategy has not worked -- we have detached much too long.

U.S. Businesses: Take Advantage of the H-1B Visa Before Costs Rise

Umar Akbar Ahmed | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Umar Akbar Ahmed

If you are seeking to expand your business with a strong pool of foreign specialists in your field, take advantage of this opportunity before rates increase, and seriously consider the H-1B visa process.

Marijuana Legalization Could Cut Violent Crime

The 420 Times | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Despite police fears that legal marijuana businesses attract crime, including under-the-table drug dealing, weapons violations and robberies, a new study says the opposite might be the case.

The Edmund Muskie Brand of Leadership

Joel K. Goldstein | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Joel K. Goldstein

Muskie, as a legislator and national figure, practiced a brand of political leadership that coupled a unique level of skill with a genuine commitment to a politics of democratic process.

California Lawmakers Reconsider Bare-Hand Food Ban

AP | FENIT NIRAPPIL | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are beginning to back away from a new law that bans bare-hand contact with food in restaurants and ba...

One Legalization Initiative Is Left in California

The 420 Times | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

After a lot of fuss about California's attempts to legalize recreational marijuana, efforts to get on the 2014 ballot are winding down.

U.S. Attorney General Endorses Reduced Sentences for Drug Crimes

The 420 Times | Posted 03.17.2014 | Crime
The 420 Times

On Thursday, United States Attorney General Eric Holder appeared in front of the United States Sentencing Commission to endorse a proposal that would reduce prison sentences for people convicted of dealing drugs.

8 Laws To Keep Women In Line That Are Somehow Still On The Books

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 03.17.2014 | Women

Sometimes the law changes quickly, as in the case of Massachusetts' "upskirting" case last week. After the state's highest court declared it admissibl...

Bill to Overhaul Medical Marijuana Regulations Passes Senate in Washington

The 420 Times | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

The Senate in the state of Washington has approved legislation that would basically revamp the current medical marijuana program regulations.

Washington, DC City Council Voted to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

The 420 Times | Posted 03.07.2014 | DC
The 420 Times

If the bill successfully traverses the gauntlet of legislative scrutiny, those caught in possession of 28 grams of marijuana or less will be subjected to a $25 civil fine as well as having to forfeit the marijuana and any paraphernalia used to consume or carry it.

The Impact of Bullying and Why Our Policies Are Missing the Point

Deborah Temkin | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Deborah Temkin

So eager to right the wrongs of bullying, we find ourselves determined to identify and punish the perpetrators, often forgetting that that alone will not mitigate the harm done to the youth who felt bullied.

Washington Lawmakers Vote to Revise Medical Marijuana Regulations

The 420 Times | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

The Washington House of Representatives approved legislation that would eradicate medical marijuana dispensaries, aka "collective gardens," and enforc...

18 in Congress Tell Obama to Give Pot a Chance

The 420 Times | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Eighteen members of the United States Congress this week wrote a letter to President Obama asking him to reclassify cannabis from a Schedule I outlaw to a lower level that would allow medical uses.

France Takes First Steps Towards Abolition of Prostitution

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
Taina Bien-Aime

The Nordic Model, as this set of laws is known, views the sex trade as irreconcilable with gender equality and refuses to consider prostitution as inevitable.

Obama Legalizes Limited Hemp Farming

The 420 Times | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

Maybe the Prez is mellowing out just a little. He actually signed a bill into law that grants limited legal status to the outlaw industry of hemp production.

Complicity in Revenge Porn?

Christina Gagnier | Posted 04.07.2014 | Crime
Christina Gagnier

Every time we ask the "why would someone do that" question, we are putting the victims that we seek to protect in the position of facing judgment, which in effect, makes it seem like the narrative is one of the victim's complicity with the action that has happened to them when it is anything but.

The Super Bowl, Sex Trafficking, and Sensationalism

Adam Banner | Posted 04.07.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

Instead of wasting time and money on rumor-mongering and passing redundant legislation, perhaps we should be looking to the root of the problem for solutions.

Dear Boeing: Next Time, Try Benevolence

Carla Seaquist | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Carla Seaquist

After a cliff-hanger of a union vote, Boeing will stay here in Washington state. But the joy is not universal and it's not deep, and who knows how long it will last? Lingering in the craw are Boeing's hardball, take-it-or-we-leave-the-state tactics.

10 Tips for Effective Participation in the Legislative Process

Sarah Leone | Posted 04.06.2014 | Hawaii
Sarah Leone

Participating in government can be intimidating. Until I started working as a legislative aide in January of this year, I hadn't thought about the leg...

'Never Again' Must Not Become 'Yet Again:' You Can Stop Genocide in Sudan

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

In the face of such horror, many folks in the West feel powerless to prevent more senseless death in Sudan. In fact, there are two simple steps that each and every American can take right now to make a difference: one for the short-term, one for the long-term.

Talking to Strangers

Raquel Regalado | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Raquel Regalado

We need to talk to our children consistently about these and other dangers, not to scare them but to inform them and to insure that if and when they are in danger they know who they can reach out to and confide in.

40,000 Laws Took Effect on New Year's Day. What's Left?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 03.04.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

If 40,000 laws can go into effect before Baby New Year has had time to soil his first diaper, then, potentially, the sky's the limit.

Bipartisan Support for Those Who Serve

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

I have been impressed with the depth of understanding that many of those on the Hill have about the issues affecting returning troops and their families. And it isn't just the members of the House and Senate who are passionate about caring for those coming home from war. Many of the staffers who work on the Hill are veterans themselves.

Michigan House Approves Important Medical Marijuana Legislation

The 420 Times | Posted 02.17.2014 | Detroit
The 420 Times

The Michigan House of Representatives voted to advance two important pieces of medical marijuana legislation that will now move to the Senate's chambers to be further scrutinized during 2014's legislative session.

In The Worst Congress Ever, These Few Lawmakers Actually Did Something

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The 113th Congress is on track to pass just 55 bills in 2013 -- a record low level of productivity. But despite the historic levels of inter-party...