Earlier this year, I followed Senator Joe Manchin to town hall meetings with constituents in southern West Virginia to see how voters were reacting to his role in pushing for expanded background checks for gun purchases. What I found, on the whole, was that voters weren’t that exercised about guns.
Against "rock bottom"
Waiting for "rock bottom" is cruel, and dangerous
The top meth states are red. The top cocaine states are blue. Discuss.
"Marijuana remains illegal at the national level, with no medical exception," Michael Kinsley notes in the latest issue of The New Republic. And yet, in Washington state—which, along with Colorado, legalized pot for all uses last year—the cultivation and sale of the drug is a booming business.
Some potentially good news from the Justice Department today: It appears that, in certain circumstances, prosecutors will be forbidden from listing the amount of illegal substances at issue in minor drug cases. The problem is that mandatory minimum sentences have the effect of harshly punishing drug offenders, and leading to overcrowded, expensive prisons. The rules will not affect violent offenders, or those that used guns when committing their crimes, or members of violent gangs.
Michael Cera gets high, and highly annoying, in 'Crystal Fairy'
Critics, including me, have been teasing the arrival of Michael Cera's manhood—or his man-childhood, anyway—for so many years now that you’d be forgiven for thinking the actor was still a teenager, and a virgin to boot.
The anti-drug documentary that West Virginians refuse to watch
The anti-drug documentary that West Virginians refuse to watch.
Opioids are deadlier than ever, but research into cannabis is still taboo
Opioids are deadlier than ever, but research into cannabis is still taboo.
"Mad Men" takes speed
An episode of “Mad Men” that's literally on speed.