Colorado’s Legalization Implementation Task Force Releases Final Report

By: Friday March 15, 2013 11:35 am

We now have our first really good preview of how the legal market for marijuana will likely work in Colorado. The task force created by Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) to come up with recommendations on how to implement the newly approved Amendment 64 has finally released its official report. While the state government will probably not adopt every suggestion of the task force, this document should serve as the basic road map for implementation.


Secure Communities Task Force Members Resign Rather than Endorse the Program

By: Friday September 16, 2011 5:09 pm

Before the Administration enacted their deportation review, I wrote about the series of protests at Secure Communities task force hearings, where Latino activists denounced the program that has resulted in mass deportations of undocumented immigrants despite assurances that only violent criminals would be swept up. The activists called on the task force members to resign, and to recommend that the Secure Communities program be terminated.

The task force released its findings yesterday, and they were sharply critical.

The Party Line – September 16, 2011: Though Nuclear Crisis Continues, IAEA Can’t Force Safety Overhaul

By: Friday September 16, 2011 3:26 pm

On Monday, September 12, an incinerator explosion at a French nuclear waste processing center killed one, injured four, and created just enough nuclear news to edge this week’s other nuclear story right out of the headlines.

The explosion, which is reported not to have caused any leak of radiation, was at a facility that reprocesses used nuclear reactor fuel in order to create a more toxic, less stable form of fuel commonly known as “mixed oxide” or MOX. MOX, which is a tasty blend of uranium and plutonium, was in at least some of the rods in some of the reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi facility when it suffered catastrophic failures after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami–and the presence of MOX fuel made the fallout from explosions at the Japanese plant more dangerous as a result. (More dangerous than already extremely dangerous might seem like a trivial addendum, but it is of note if for no other reason than the manufacture and use of MOX fuel is what nuclear power proponents think of when they call it a “renewable resource.”)

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