Synthetic Biology and Future-Focused Policy: Consider Adding Science to Your Public Policy Toolkit

  By Rodalyn Guinto, MPP 2017 As public policy experts and experts-in-training we are challenged to evaluate two types of public problems: first are the perennial public problems — the ones that have been around since the rise of the first empires and civilizations in ancient Mesopotamia. These include poverty, unemployment, food and water insecurity, … Continue reading Synthetic Biology and Future-Focused Policy: Consider Adding Science to Your Public Policy Toolkit

Do No Harm: How Safe Access Could Eliminate Racial Disparity in Drug Policy Enforcement

By Ryan Reaves, MPP Candidate 2018   Interacting with police can, at times, mean the difference between life and death. For cannabis users, whose lives have often necessitated regular involvement in illicit activities, police interactions likely occur more frequently. The risk may be greater still for drug users of color who live in communities disproportionately … Continue reading Do No Harm: How Safe Access Could Eliminate Racial Disparity in Drug Policy Enforcement

Adding Injury to Injury: Drug Policy Hurts the Sick and Vulnerable and Fails to Address Intended Problem

By J. Westly McGaughey, MBA/MPP candidate 2016 On 3 November 2015, Ireland’s National Drug Strategy Chief announced that the country will decriminalize small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use[1].  The move is intended to help addicts rather than jail them.  This is a prudent policy.  In contrast, the U.S. supports policies that go against the … Continue reading Adding Injury to Injury: Drug Policy Hurts the Sick and Vulnerable and Fails to Address Intended Problem