Steven Nelson, U.S. News and World Report: State data shows Colorado high school kids getting high at lower rate than national average in 2013. Marijuana use among Colorado high school students appears to be declining, despite the state's pioneering voter-approved experiment with legalization.
According to preliminary data from the state's biennial Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, in 2013 - the first full year the drug was legal for adults 21 and older - 20 percent of high school students admitted using pot in the preceding month and 37 percent said they had at some point in their lives.
The survey's 2011 edition found 22 percent of high school students used the drug in the past month and 39 percent had ever sampled it.
It's unclear if the year-to-year decline represents a statistically significant change, but data from 2009 suggests a multiyear downward trend. read more
Many outside the sport of football have criticized the Washington Redskins due to their objectionable nickname. As it turns out, at least one well-respected NFL employee took a stand against the organization beginning in 2006.
According to Mike Wise of The Washington Post, former NFL official and current CBS rules analyst Mike Carey admitted that he requested to not be assigned to Redskins games because of his strong feelings against the moniker.
"The league respectfully honored my request not to officiate Washington," Carey said. "It happened sometime after I refereed their playoff game in 2006, I think. ... It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me." read more
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic: In [an] item from The Federalist ... Hans Fiene urges conservatives who reflexively trust the police to show a bit more skepticism. "Police brutality is not the Bogeyman," he writes. "It's not an urban legend witnessed by none but told by many. It's not a myth created by a primitive tribe that is too simple to understand the true source of the brokenness in its communities. Black people believe in police brutality for the same reason they believe in rain -- because they've felt it ... For those of us who have never experienced law enforcement corrupted by power, basic human decency should require that we try to understand and consider the perspective of those who have ..." read more
Radley Balko, Washington Post: Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of "drugged divers" on the state's roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes, we've seen an increase in the number of drivers testing positive for the drug who were involved in fatal car accidents. ... Roadway fatalities this year are down from last year, and down from the 13-year average. While some studies have shown that the number of drivers involved in fatal collisions who test positive for marijuana has steadily increased as pot has become more available, other studies have shown that overall traffic fatalities in those states have dropped. read more
Sixty six of the 83 tickets written for marijuana violations in Seattle were issued by a single cop, according to a new biannual report on marijuana law enforcement issued by the Seattle police department. The cop added notes to some tickets that called City Attorney Peter Holmes "Petey," declared the state of Washington's voter-enacted changes to marijuana laws as "silly" and said the cop flipped a coin when deciding who to cite. The unnamed officer has been taken off patrol as the matter is investigated. read more