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After legalization for adults, teen marijuana use hasn't gone up

Earlier this month, we wrote about how the legalization of medical marijuana (and recreational marijuana) has not fulfilled the doom-and-gloom predictions of many critics of legal reform. Despite evidence to the contrary, however, some public officials continue to allege that legalization of marijuana for any purpose has made us less safe as a society.

Some common causes of wrongful convictions: Part II

Last week, we began a discussion about two common causes of wrongful conviction: False confessions and flawed eyewitness observation/memory. As the Innocence Project and other advocacy groups continue to overturn wrongful convictions, others are working on ways to prevent such errors in the first place.

Some common causes of wrongful convictions: Part I

Since it was founded in the early 1990s, the Innocence Project has helped free hundreds of wrongfully convicted Americans (approximately 329 so far, to be more precise). Many of these wrongful convictions were overturned with the help of DNA testing. As a byproduct of exonerating innocent men and women, the Innocence Project has been compiling data on the most frequent causes of wrongful conviction.

Defending Colorado's success with marijuana legalization

America's attitudes and laws regarding marijuana are changing rapidly, and Colorado has been at the forefront of this change. As one of the first two states to legalize marijuana for recreational use, Colorado has helped dispel the hysterical predictions that legalization would lead to chaos and destruction.

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