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Like most American, I’ve watched events unfold in Ferguson, MO.  Unfortunately, based on experience in Cincinnati and other cities that have suffered similar unrest, the problems are likely to worsen before things improve.  Some thoughts on the situation in no particular order – Local authorities Overwhelmed by Events —  Ferguson is a small city of […]

1 month ago Comments Off
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A recent opinion piece in the Cincinnati Enquirer captures the myopia of the prohibitionist argument against legalized marijuana.  Authored by Mary Haag, director of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati, the piece is a nice summary of the prohibition position. (See the entire article here) The points raised by Ms. Haag are ones frequently […]

2 months, 2 weeks ago Comments Off
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Bath  salts, or synthetic marijuana, has quickly gained a reputation as the newest “most dangerous drug ever.”  Media reports on the dangers of Bath Salts included a man slitting his own throat in front of his family, a man found in the woods wearing lingerie after killing a goat, and most famously, the case of […]

3 months, 3 weeks ago Comments Off
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I recently had the pleasure of discussing drug issues with Mr. Bill Manville.  Bill is a former Village Voice columnist, editor for Helen Gurley Brown’s Cosmo, author of six books, and columnist for the New York Daily News. In addition to his column, he teaches writing at Temple University, in Philadelphia, Bill’s most recent books […]

4 months ago Comments Off
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A recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience has ignited discussion of the impact of smoking marijuana on teenagers. (Study link) What the researchers found was that young smokers who smoked six joints per week (median) show brain changes compared to young adults (18-25), who had not smoked marijuana within the past year.  Brain […]

4 months, 3 weeks ago Comments Off
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Thousands of American children participated in Easter egg hunts this past Sunday.  But in  some places, there was another, more serious hunt before the kids’ event began.  In Northern Kentucky, ravaged by the heroin problem, police and fire fighters spent the hours before the Easter egg hunt combing the park for dirty needles.  (Full story […]

5 months, 1 week ago Comments Off
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Comcast, one of the nation’s largest cable TV providers, has approved advertising for medical marijuana.  The advertisements, which will only be shown late night, will provide a link to physicians who are licensed for medical marijuana.  (See full story) The reaction from prohibition supporters was predictable hysteria. Kevin Sabet, who has emerged as one of […]

6 months, 1 week ago Comments Off
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The most notorious of drug traffickers, El Chapo Guzman, was taken into custody by Mexican authorities in a pre-dawn raid February 22.  The question most asked as Guzman was placed in his cell — What impact will this have on drugs coming into the United States? It is an interesting and important question.  Guzman’s Sinaloa […]

6 months, 3 weeks ago Comments Off
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A recent story in USA today had federal authorities claiming drug cartels are moving into the Colorado’s legal marijuana industry. The concern is that the cartels are using legal marijuana operations as a front to supply marijuana to other states for an illegal profit.  Tom Gorman, head of the Rocky Mountain Drug Trafficking Task Force, said, […]

7 months, 2 weeks ago Comments Off
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Recently, architects of the War of Drugs, former DEA Chiefs, four former Drug Czars and assorted heads of anti-drug groups sent an open letter demanding the Obama administration enforce federal marijuana laws in the two states, Colorado and Washington, that have legalized recreational marijuana.  The writers claim that federal law should trump state law and […]