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    JLF’s Meredith Criner Makes a Case for Drug-Treatment Courts in Wilmington Star News

    This week, Meredith Criner, who served as a research intern at the John Locke Foundation this summer, published an opinion piece on drug-recovery courts in the Wilmington Star News. Criner formerly interned in New Hanover County’s recovery courts under Judge James H. Faison III. She explains: Recovery courts handle…
    Brenee Goforth, August 20, 2019
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    N.C.’s Illegal Drug Tax: What I Didn’t Tell You

    On August 8, 2019, I published an opinion piece on North Carolina’s Unauthorized Substance Tax in Carolina Journal. As I wrote in the piece: The unauthorized substance tax is an excise tax on controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine, and moonshine. …This tax brings in between $6 million and $11…
    Brenee Goforth, August 20, 2019
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    Meth is back and cheaper than ever, while allergy sufferers are still under suspicion

    If we're to believe that government restrictions on cold medications to fight meth "worked," then why is it that the drug is "everywhere" and cheaper than ever?
    Jon Sanders, July 13, 2018
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    An all-time, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, stuffy-head…policy

    It can't make Carolina cold and allergy sufferers feel any better to know that, while they're stymied in purchasing effective over-the-counter treatment, rogue chemists are staying ahead of policymakers trying to prevent meth production by restricting things used to produce it.
    Jon Sanders, October 12, 2017
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    Gov. Pat McCrory signs Good Samaritan bill into law

    North Carolina now has a Good Samaritan Law, allowing people to summon assistance for drug overdoses or alcohol poisoning for underage drinkers without fearing prosecution in limited circumstances. The Good Samaritan Law was one of four bills signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory on Tuesday. The law,…
    Barry Smith, April 9, 2013
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    NC to Congress: Hey, you don’t have to legalize weed to tax it

    The Drudge Report has this AP article up under the headline “FEDS MAY TAX POT,” which opens with the lede “An effort is building in Congress to change U.S. marijuana laws, including moves to legalize the industrial production of hemp and establish a hefty federal pot tax.” Way back…
    Jon Sanders, February 4, 2013
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    Why waging war on meth via pseudoephedrine is stupid, pointless, and dangerous

    The state is congratulating itself on its new pseudoephedrine tracking system that took effect this year. Why, it was working even before it began! And the measure of its effectiveness is that people have been prevented from purchasing pseudoephedrine products. It goes without question that all those turned away were planning to use the stuff, often used to alleviate cold and allergies in a state known for its many allergy seasons, in their meth labs. So in just the law's first 11 days, 1,600 meth-heads were cured, because if they can't buy pseudoephedrine at the local grocery store, then they can't make meth. Or so the assumption goes. Laws waging a proxy war against the meth trade haven't worked. All they have done instead is Put cold and allergy sufferers under criminal suspicion Make it much more difficult for them to alleviate their symptoms Further enrich Mexican narcotics labs Push meth users into new and ever more dangerous manners of producing meth
    Jon Sanders, January 23, 2012