Victimology, Worker Compensation, Drugs and Crime

Week 1 Discussion Question #1: Perspectives
The occurrence, use and abuse of drugs in our society are evolving issues. Marijuana, a Schedule I drug like heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD/acid), and ecstasy, was once widely viewed as a gateway drug and extremely dangerous for individuals (consumption) and society (public health and safety). However, currently 14 states, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana, California, Nevada, Arizona, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Vermont and New Jersey, and the District of Columbia have legalized use and sale of small quantities of marijuana for recreational use (so long as the drugs are purchased from a licensed distributor and the appropriate taxes are paid). Several other states have decriminalized possession of small quantities of marijuana (in Maryland, less than 10 grams of marijuana is a civil offense). In many other states, as well as in federal law, the possession of marijuana is still a criminal offense. The wide range of views in our society, especially in light of the differing governmental stances, adds additional confusion and inconsistency to this issue.

The current change in attitude toward marijuana from negative to semi-positive is not a new phenomenon in our country. The reputation and enforcement stance on many other drugs has changes from acceptable to unacceptable or the reverse.

Using this week’s reading assignments as your source material, choose one of these drugs (Heroin, Cocaine or Marijuana) and describe the following:
1. How did the drug initially arrive in the United States?
2. Was the drug received favorably or negatively by main stream society, why?
3. What historical impact has legislation had on the availability (legality) of the drug (example: Harrison Narcotic Act) and how do you believe it has most affected availability?

CCJS 360 Class

Week 1: History of Crime Victims’ Rights

After watching the Roberta Roper video in Week 1 > Commentary, answer the following:
1. Was the Roper family treated fairly by the criminal justice system, why or why not?

2. How has the Right to be Present changed for victims of crime today compared to what it was during the murder trial of Stephanie Roper? (See Summary of Crime Victims’ Rights).

LGST 314 6380 Workers’ Compensation Law

Discussion Week 1

Discussion: Part 1 due Saturday, May 22nd 11:59 pm ET; Part 2 due Tuesday May 25th , 11:59 pm ET
The firm’s monthly HR department Lunch and Learn seminar will focus on important court cases that are still applicable to current workers compensation issues. One of the cases to be discussed is the King v. Board of Education case. Karver has asked you to prepare notes on questions regarding the King case to begin the discussion.

1. Do you agree or disagree with the decision rendered by the Court of Appeals in King v. Board of Education case? Why or why not?
2. Do you agree or disagree that the stressors associated with being a transportation assistant were sufficiently relevant to warrant an occupational disease? Why or why not?

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