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  • I Quit Smoking Weed to Study for the LSAT

    Since I started regularly smoking pot at age 16, I’ve only quit smoking a few times. Most of those times were involuntary, like when I studied abroad in Tokyo, where decent weed was so scarce that I was driven to drink. The only time I voluntarily...

  • Good News! You Can’t Be Automatically Deported for Sharing Three Joints

    Well, here’s bit of good news from the Supreme Court, a group not generally considered friendly to criminal defendants or recreational drug users: you cannot, it turns out, be automatically deported for the kindhearted but nonetheless illegal act of...

  • How the Sequester’s Sticking It to Poor People: Criminal Edition

    The across the board cuts in federal discretionary spending, known to all as sequestration, has forced the judiciary to trim funding for a rarely considered but integral aspect of the criminal justice system: federal public defenders. The April 1 cuts...

  • Is DOMA About to Be DOA?

    It seems clear that five justices expressed enough dismay at the federal government’s intrusion into an essential state function that come decision time, DOMA will be DOA. In the long-term jurisprudence of gay marriage, however, the Prop 8 decision...

  • The Holy War on Irish Wombs

    Thousands of scared Irish women without options fly to England every year to get an abortion, largely thanks to the Irish Catholic Church’s war on reproductive rights. But things are changing. For women across the country, shame and intimidation are no...

  • What Copyright Means for Memes

    Since it was posted on April 5, 2011, a video called "Nyan Cat" has earned more than 89 million views, and set into motion one chapter in a long and sticky saga about the visual jokes, references, and ideas that fly around the internet--and the laws...