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2 years, 5 months ago Comments Off on Recognizing that it just ain’t that simple!!
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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 […]

2 years, 6 months ago Comments Off on Legalization in Colorado — A Year Later
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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 years, 6 months ago Comments Off on Ferguson — After the Grand Jury
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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 years, 6 months ago Comments Off on Drug Cartels Feeling the Pinch
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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 years, 7 months ago Comments Off on Citizens Trump Politicians!!
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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 years, 9 months ago Comments Off on Testimony Before the Legislature
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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 […]

2 years, 10 months ago Comments Off on Some Comments on Ferguson
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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 […]

2 years, 10 months ago Comments Off on Prohibition’s Myopia
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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 years, 12 months ago Comments Off on Bath Salts, Zombies and Face-Eaters
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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 years, 1 month ago Comments Off on ADDICTIONS & ANSWERS: Dialogue with Bill Manville
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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 […]