Monday, May 23, 2011

"Re-Legalizing Drugs"

On April 17, 2011, I gave a talk (yes, "Re-Legalizing Drugs") as part of the TEDxUChicago festivities. The whole 17-minute ordeal is viewable here; the exclusion material starts around the 9:20 mark, and addresses both mandatory exclusions and voluntary self-exclusions from drugs.

[A similar link to the TEDxUChicago talk was posted on Vice Squad.]

Monday, May 16, 2011

British Columbia Casino ID Checks

In Canada's British Columbia, the drinking age and the minimum age to patronize a casino are both nineteen. A television investigative news team sent two 18 year-olds to four casinos, and at three of the four locations, the youths managed to walk right in, gamble a little, collect their winnings, and get a drink. Turns out the alcohol violation is the more serious offense, and the investigation has spurred a policy change: electronic ID readers will be employed at entrances and on the casino floor. Eventually the readers might be tied to self-exclusion lists, easing the enforcement of exclusion orders.