October 8th Summary

“Homeless Court” to open in SC. I’ve never heard of therapeutic courts being used specifically for this purpose, though I’ve known many drug courts to work with homeless populations. Does anyone know what the difference in success may be?

YNews- 2016: When Republican presidential candidates will finally take drug policy seriously. Better late than never perhaps. This is far from a systematic review of drug policy approaches, but it does seem to confirm a message I continually see, suggesting a growing trend on both sides of the spectrum towards drug policy reform.

USNews- Rikers Island Prison Reform a decent start, but more must be done. An Op-Ed piece urging us to remember that prison reform is just a piece of incarceration, or corrections reform more broadly.

J of Drug Policy- Medical Marijuana Programs: Implications for cannabis control, observations from Canada. Scholarly discussion piece, pdf is linked. Provides some discussion and scholarly references for the difference between defacto legalization of some medical programs, strict legalization programs (authors argue such is Canada’s historic approach) and legalized recreational programs.



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