Morning Links: Federal funding still fuels local pot arrests

  • Progressive activists are continuing to push for policies that would strip college rape suspects of due process rights, at least when it comes to administrative punishments. Meanwhile, conservatives have been hurling invective at Hillary Clinton for defending a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in the 1970s. Both groups ought to take a few minutes to read about the Central Park Five, who just settled with New York City for $40 million.
  • A great piece by Post colleague Marc Fisher on how federal funding continues to drive up low-level marijuana arrests.
  • The Department of Justice opens a civil rights investigation into the Cleveland Police Department. President Obama has largely been a disappointment on civil liberties, but he deserves credit for stepping up investigations of wayward police agencies.
  • Washington state’s standard for “drugged driving” with respect to pot basically means that pot smokers can never drive, whether they’re actually high or not.


Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
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