Legalize Marijuana and Reduce Deaths from Drug Abuse

This article originally appeared in The Hill. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon It seems as if everyone has woken up to the problem of opioid abuse at once and wants to do something about it. In March, Politico assembled a working group to “confront the opioid epidemic.” In May, New … More Legalize Marijuana and Reduce Deaths from Drug Abuse

Can There be a Role for the Government in the Advent of Crypto-Currencies?

This article originally appeared at The Hill. Click here to read the full story. By Ike Brannon The government monopoly on money is a relatively recent phenomenon. Until the creation of the Federal Reserve just over 100 years ago, private banks could issue notes backed by gold that functioned akin to money. The era of … More Can There be a Role for the Government in the Advent of Crypto-Currencies?

Peoria Should Auction Food Trucks to Highest Bidders

This article originally appeared in the Journal Star. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon The battle in Peoria over whether — or how — to allow food trucks has two, well-delineated sides. Proponents celebrate the greater variety of food options they would bring to downtown diners, while the established restaurants argue … More Peoria Should Auction Food Trucks to Highest Bidders

More Must be Done to Improve Access to Biosimilar Drugs

This article originally appeared at The Hill. Click here to read the full story. By Ike Brannon Drug costs represent a large and growing share of health care costs and for good reason: Developing a new drug and proving it safe and effective is more expensive than ever before, and the cutting-edge drugs of late … More More Must be Done to Improve Access to Biosimilar Drugs

Federal Regs Making it Difficult for Members of Military to Borrow Money

This article originally appeared at the Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full story. By Ike Brannon Ever since the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, proponents of robust economic growth and sensible regulation have been trying to rein it in. The legislation that created the Bureau – which was a … More Federal Regs Making it Difficult for Members of Military to Borrow Money

Explaining Delays in Regulatory Publication

This article originally appeared in Regulation. Click here to read the full article By Ike Brannon and Sam Batkins After a proposed new regulation finishes winding its way through the procedural morass that is required before it can take effect, it does not immediately have the force of law. The federal government has to formally … More Explaining Delays in Regulatory Publication