Adolescent Pot Use in Post-Legalization Colorado and Washington Is Still Failing to Rise

The recent, laughably bad Centennial Institute report on marijuana legalization in Colorado talks a lot about the impact of cannabis consumption on high school students. In fact, lost productivity due to marijuana-related high school dropouts is the biggest component of the costs it erroneously attributes to legalization.

Source: Adolescent Pot Use in Post-Legalization Colorado and Washington Is Still Failing to Rise

[Eugene Volokh] Court OKs child porn prosecution of minors who distribute sexual pictures of themselves

See the mohel joke . So the Supreme Court of the state of Washington held today in State v. Gray , by a 6-3 vote: [The Supreme Court’s decision in New York v. ] Ferber placed child pornography outside the protections of the First Amendment.

Source: [Eugene Volokh] Court OKs child porn prosecution of minors who distribute sexual pictures of themselves

Lawsuit Says Seattle’s Income Tax Illegal, Unconstitutional

Seattle’s ” almost certainly illegal ” income tax, passed last month, is already the subject of three separate lawsuits charging that it is, well, illegal. The latest was filed yesterday by the Freedom Foundation—a conservative think tank in Washington state—and Seattle law firm Lane Powell PC, who say the new city-level 2.25 percent levy on high income earners clearly violates state law and the state constitution. “The first issue with it,” Freedom Foundation attorney David Dewhirst says, “is that it’s plainly illegal.

Source: Lawsuit Says Seattle’s Income Tax Illegal, Unconstitutional

Oregon to Allow Harvesting of Roadkill: New at Reason

Roadkill

Food policy expert Baylen Linnekin looks at the increase in the number of states allowing its citizens to legally harvest and eat roadkill: The fact animals that die in vehicular accidents lived freely until their demise can also make them attractive to those who eschew meat because they don’t like the thought of eating animals that are raised in confinement.

Source: Oregon to Allow Harvesting of Roadkill: New at Reason

I think this is my favorite part of the article:

“A new Washington State law, which debuted in July 2016, appears to be a great success. Like Montana and some other states, Washington requires anyone wishing to harvest roadkill to obtain a permit. The state also requires harvesters to document the date and location of their harvest.”

The idea that you have to have a permit to pick up roadkill and document the date and location is a prime example of why government should not be involved in almost anything.  That is truly ridiculous.