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1 week, 4 days ago Comments Off
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Attorney General Eric Holder made the news twice in recent days. Last week, Holder recommended that all police-intervention deaths (like Michael Brown/Eric Garner) be reported to a national data base on police use of force.  Currently not all police departments are required to report such deaths. Let’s give Holder  credit for a common sense recommendation.  […]

2 weeks, 2 days ago Comments Off
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Dr. George Lundberg has been writing on addictions since 1969.  He writes with a refreshing honesty and without concern for political correctness.  He recently authored a short piece on drug policy in Medscape, an on-line publication for health professionals. In the article, he describes his own approach to drug policy issues in the framework of […]

4 weeks, 1 day ago Comments Off
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I had an uncle who was an extremely argumentative guy. When he would get frustrated during his many heated discussions, he’d thunder “Don’t try to confuse me with the facts!!”  My uncle would have felt right at home in the high-volume tenor of the current debate on police force issues.  If we are truly ready […]

1 month, 3 weeks ago Comments Off
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The first year of Marijuana legalization in Colorado is history.  What happened and what can the rest of the country learn from the Colorado experience? First, let’s note what did not happen!  In no particular order – Teen use did not increase Pot-fueled auto deaths did not increase Crime did not increase The sky did […]

1 month, 4 weeks ago Comments Off
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Now that the  Grand Jury in Ferguson has declined to indict Officer Wilson and after an ugly night of violence in reaction, it might be time to think beyond the next the next 24 hours.  Fox News, CNN and the rest of the massive media contingent that has descended on Ferguson will depart, leaving people […]

1 month, 4 weeks ago Comments Off
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A recent story on NPR nicely captures the promised benefits of legalized marijuana.  The story focuses on a farmer who grows marijuana for the Sinola Cartel, perhaps the most violent of the drug gangs exporting pot into the US. The farmer is bemoaning the skidding price of marijuana now that American consumers are shifting largely […]

2 months, 3 weeks ago Comments Off
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Yesterday, Alaska and  Oregon joined Colorado and Washington in legalizing recreational marijuana.  Washington D.C. legalized personal possession of marijuana and in Florida, a ballot issue to approve medical marijuana barely lost when 58% of voters supported the measure falling just short of the 60% needed for approval. Commentators are predicting a controversy in Washington D.C. […]

4 months ago Comments Off
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Earlier this month I testified before a State Legislative Committee Hearing on the heroin problem. The legislators in attendance were very attentive UNTIL I mentioned legalization of marijuana.  Then a distinct chill fell over the room.  One legislator, in a hearing that to that point had been very friendly, turned a bit nasty, stating, “Thank […]

5 months, 2 weeks ago Comments Off
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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 […]

5 months, 3 weeks 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 […]