Over the last 100 years, there have been numerous major government and private commissions around the world that have studied the drug laws and made recommendations for changes. They all reached remarkably similar conclusions, no matter who did them, or when, or where, or why.
They all agreed that the marijuana laws were based on ignorance and nonsense and do more harm than good. They all said that the current approach is fundamentally wrong and should be changed immediately.
You don't have to take my word for this. Google "Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy" and read all of them yourself.
This isn't hard. If we can make workable rules for alcohol and tobacco, which kill 500,000 people per year, then those same rules should work for the much smaller problem of marijuana. ...(full comment)
This is backwards. Public opinion is already way ahead of the law, there is no "softening" necessary.
Decriminalization and medical marijuana both passed with strong majorities.
And Massachusetts does have a much tougher Medical marijuana laws than California, as we will see as it plays out in the next year.
Nationally, we will see the impact of Colorado and Washington, and voters will have plenty of time to judge legalization there before a binding ballot initiative is likely in 2016.
Once again, the public will see that the sky doesn't fall, and marijuana prohibition is a strange accident of history. The time has come to end it.
As Northampton Attorney Richard Evans says: "The idea of a dispensary in their community is offensive to people who have been listening to the government propaganda for 50 years."
http://www.mymassachusettsdefenselawyer.com/marijuana-laws-expert-predicts-more-legalization-feds-out-of-marijuana-by-2017/ ...(full comment)
I'm Mary MacInnes, PVTA Administrator and I would like to offer a comment concerning Linda Dunlavy's remarks in a letter referenced in the article concerning FRTA/PVTA coordination. Unfortunately Linda is not up to date as coordination of FRTA and PVTA routes is a task in the Scope of Work for PVTA's Comprehensive Service Analysis Study. ...(full comment)
I noticed throughout the article that Spiritualism, which is like Islam, Roman Catholicism, etc is a religion is not capitalized. The article is about a Spiritualist religious organization based in Lake Pleasant and as such the term Spiritualism or Spiritualist should be capitalized. Other than this major error the content of the article was pretty good. ...(full comment)
The US is governed by the NRC not the International Atomic Energy Agency.
After the last shutdown, all the fuel in the reactor will be moved to the Fuel Pool. The plant will continue to monitored. After five years all the fuel in the pool will be moved to Dry Casks. The plant and Dry Casks will continue to be monitored, until the plant is gone and the Dry Casks are gone.
The interpretation that the plant with no fuel in it can be left alone and checked periodically is not correct. It doesn't make any sense. There will be monitoring and security for the Dry Casks, in addition to the plant.
Mr. Fairman continually quotes the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Our plants are governed by the NRC's regulations. Physically, a plant could be shut down for a long time-years- but it would be too expensive. Security, monitoring and maintenance must be continuous at US plants. A plant can't be left unattended as the writer suggests.
I predict that the plant will go into SAFATOR. This means the fuel in the reactor will be all put in the pool. With the possibility of a chain reaction eliminated, the plant will return its Operating License and monitor and maintain for the reduced condition. Obviously the Fuel Pool must be cooled and monitored continuously. After 5 years all the fuel in the pool will be moved to Dry Casks. Some years later the plant will be torn down.
All the meetings in Vermont an Massachusetts on the site reuse are for show. Imagine the State of VT asking how long the used fuel must remain in pool so that the rate of heat generation decreases to the point where it can be air cooled. (This is called "cooling off" by the press.) This number was part of the original design of the plant, and all plants. All the state needed to do was look it up, or ask. ...(full comment)
Good article Mike. A correct assessment of Large Scale Solar for sure. I personally witnessed 17 acres of farmland destroyed to place a Large Scale Solar Array. Cutting trees, tearing up the root system,removing all the top soil and applying 100's of gallons of herbicides on the top side of wet lands.Not to mention the carbon used to install and manufacture along with nitrogen triflouride used to make silicon wafers which is 17.000 x's more harmful to the atmosphere and its all labelled "GREEN" Shame on the corporation ,Soltas Energy for installing and Peqoug Energy for initiating it and shame on the environmental and energy groups that stood by to let it happen. ...(full comment)
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Folks should be very wary about promises from the federal government about spending money on this plan.
Western wildfires are burning through more and more of the Forest Service's budget year after year. This year, some $600 million was diverted from recreation and other uses: