Drug Policy

Cannabis Report: The 2016 Election and Ballot Initiatives

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Welcome to the first edition of the Cannabis Report, providing our readers with up-to-date news and analysis on the current state of cannabis policy. This year an unprecedented number of states will vote on medical and recreational…

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Mark Kleiman on the Heroin Epidemic

Thursday, February 11, 2016 BOTEC Chairman Mark Kleiman was featured on WNYC’s segment “The Takeaway” on Wednesday to discuss the heroin epidemic in the wake of the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s announcement that it would seek an increase of…

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Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Accuracy, Drug Dogs, and the Supreme Court’s Error in Florida v. Harris

February 12, 2016 By: Tyler Jones As I’ve covered before, drug dogs aren’t as reliable as most law enforcement officers (or courts) believe them to be.  In short, recent experiments in controlled settings and analysis of field data have posed…

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Treating Opiate Addiction in Teens as a Disease, Not a Stigma

February 5, 2016 By: Lowry Heussler The “opiate epidemic” seems to have caused the public and our elected officials to come around on the matter of addictive illness; fewer of them favor jail over treatment, and you don’t hear as many…

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Drug dog and trainer

Dog Days of Drug Detection

By Tyler Jones Dogs trained to detect the presence of controlled substances are a ubiquitous and highly-trusted tool of law enforcement. At first glance, this trust seems well placed. We know that dogs possess an incredibly powerful olfactory sense that…

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