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1 week, 3 days 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 […]

2 weeks, 4 days 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 […]

2 weeks, 4 days 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 […]

1 month, 2 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. […]

2 months, 3 weeks 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 […]

4 months 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 […]

4 months, 1 week 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 […]

5 months, 3 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 […]

6 months, 4 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 […]

7 months, 1 week 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 […]