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Pot Smoking Parents

Pot Smoking Parents

Pot Smoking Parents Voters or legislators in 29 states plus Guam, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes and eight states have legalized it for recreational use. According to the Pew Research Center, at the end of 2016, 57% of U.S. adults say marijuana should be legal despite the […]

“Dumb on Crime”

“Dumb on Crime”

“Dumb on Crime” Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, liberals and conservatives, there was support from both the right and the left to dismantle the “war on drugs” and reduce mass incarceration.  For a number of years, citizens have rejected the politicians’ shibboleth of “tough on crime.”  Public opinion polls supported treatment over incarceration, particularly for non-violent crimes.  […]

The Marijuana Re-Schedule

The Marijuana Re-Schedule

The Marijuana Re-Schedule It was good news and bad news this week for those who wish to legalize marijuana when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) declined to move marijuana from a Schedule I to Schedule II drug. The ruling came in response to two petitions – one from the governors of Rhode Island and Washington […]

There’s an App for That:  Apps that Support Sobriety

There’s an App for That: Apps that Support Sobriety

There’s an App for That:  Apps that Support Sobriety According to the Pew Research Center, 68% of Americans have smartphones and 45% have tablet computers.  Along with smart phones and tablets come apps – apps that keep track of airline reservations; apps that count calories; apps that fetch drivers.  There’s an app for just about […]

Marijuana in the Workplace

Marijuana in the Workplace

Marijuana in the Workplace Along with alcohol and other drugs in the workplace, the advent of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in many states requires employers to face a variety of issues related to the use of marijuana by employees. “The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated in 2007 […]

The Baby Addict Myth

The Baby Addict Myth

The Baby Addict Myth In the 1980s and 1990s it was “crack babies.” Now it’s babies born “addicted to opiates.” We’ve spent 30 years trying to debunk the myth that newborns can be born “addicted” but the misinformation continues with current headlines like “Life begins with agony of withdrawal for opiate-addicted babies.” Over ten years […]

What About “Medical Marijuana”?

What About “Medical Marijuana”?

What About “Medical Marijuana”? “Lies, damned lies and statistics” is a phrase sometimes attributed to Benjamin Disraeli but certainly popularized by Mark Twain. I would add to that “lies, damned lies and scientific studies.” As discerning readers know, not all studies should be given equal weight and some are more reliable than others. The funding source […]