As a warm-up to this evening’s “Community Conversation” and the Town of Surry’s public hearing on the subject, we’ll be discussing marijuana, legalization in Maine, and Peninsula town’s reactions to the opportunity to decide whether to regulate certain commercial marijuana activities.
Here’s a link to a recent Denver Post article, provided by Richard Jacoby (who spends a lot of time in Colorado–resident?), that should help to get us started. Richard notes that the Denver Post has generally been sympathetic to marijuana legalization. He also adds:
Note it is only a correlation but does underestimate the impaired problem because the samples have usually been taken several hours after the fact and in many cases once a legal limit of alcohol has been detected the coroner doesn’t bother with testing for other drugs. It points out the difficulties of addressing the effect of drug impaired driving.
See you later today!
In case you were losing sleep about increasing automation and replacement of human labor, you might be somewhat relieved to read the attached article from today’s WSJ: Workers: Fear Not the Robot Apocalpyse.
To what extent has the US House of Representatives and Senate abdicated its constitutional responsibilities in the last 50 years? Some obvious examples are declaration of war powers and budget but there are more subtle legislative abdications.
What are possible explanations of this phenomenon and what are some possible mechanisms for “reconstitution” of these responsibilities?
To what extent has the executive and judicial branch assumed the void? For instance, recent administrations have expanded executive orders and made questionable recess appointments. In some cases the court has redefined what might have been a legislative prerogative as in the health care “tax.” In other cases, like recess appointments, the court has ruled against the executive over-reach while leaving the definition of “recess” ambiguous.
Yet the legislative branch continuously declines to assert its prerogative to legislate in a way which would reclaim it’s authority. (In this case the Congress might have itself defined “recess” legislatively.) There are other examples where Congress has neglected opportunities to reassert its power in relation to the other two branches.