Posts by tdonovan

  1. What to do about marijuana

    [ By on April 26, 2016 ]

    Not only has Cannabis become ubiquitous all across the world, significant evidence from what little research has been able to be performed on the plant has found many possible medicinal uses for the active ingredient in the plant, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Small scale drug busts and minimum sentences for pot possession are a detriment to many communities in the United States, especially those of color even though users are not more often minorities. Given the potential of Cannabis as a new treatment for anything from cancer to chronic pain as well as its role in the damaging War on Drugs, is it ethically justifiable to prevent reclassification and prescription of marijuana? Full legalization is an ...

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  2. Should Inmates Be able to Opt for the Death Penalty

    [ By on March 14, 2016 ]

    The United States Prison system is a form of theatre. What Judge Judy and the most secure supermax prisons in America have in common is that they function to teach a lesson: crime is a one way street to pain. All aspects of our criminal justice system employ procedures that act to fulfill the goal of teaching a lesson. Solitary confinement, trial by jury, and even the death penalty fall under the scope of the criminal justice system's "teaching function". But they do not do a good job. While the prison population quadrupled in the 70's and 80's, crime rate experienced an overall rise. Our population desires vengeance for those who inflict harm upon their communities even though it does ...

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