Opioid Settlement Funding, spend it on needed health services, not law enforcement

Dear Commissioners Parsons, Trescot, and D’Agostino, I am writing to express my concern regarding the allocation of Lancaster’s Opioid Settlement Funds. As you may be aware, there have been recent proposals to spend a significant portion of the 2022 funds on law enforcement staffing. Please consider allocating 100% of the remaining $275,000 towards treatment, recovery, […]

How The War Changed Ukrainians

By Slava Tsukerman (Note: This article was originally written in Russian then translated using Google Translate.) On February 21, 2023, Ukrainian sociological organization “Rating Group”, one of the largest non-governmental and independent research institutions in Ukraine, published the document untitled “HOW THE WAR CHANGED ME AND MY COUNTRY. SUMMARY OF THE YEAR”. The document shows […]

Virginia Adult Retail Marijuana Sales Quashed By House GOP

Drug War Chronicle By Phil Smith Elections have consequences, as Virginia voters are finding out. Two years ago, a Democratically-controlled Senate and House passed legislation legalizing marijuana, and the Democratic governor signed it into law. That law mandated that legal adult use sales commence by January 1, 2004, and left it to state lawmakers to […]

Asset Forfeiture Reform at the Statehouse 2023

Drug War Chronicle By Phil Smith Civil asset forfeiture — the police seizing cash or property from people without first obtaining a criminal conviction — rankles Americans’ sense of fundamental fairness, and legislators around the country have been picking up on that. According to the Institute for Justice, 37 states have reformed their civil forfeiture […]

Five Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Were on the Ballot, Two Passed

Drug War Chronicle By Phil Smith Tuesday’s election brought decidedly mixed results for marijuana legalization advocates with three out of five state-level campaigns going down in defeat, according to unofficial results early Wednesday morning. Provided the results hold, Maryland and Missouri will become the 20th and 21st states to legalize marijuana, along with the District […]