drug use

Tennessee Arrrests Post-Partum Woman for Drug Use

Tennessee Arrrests Post-Partum Woman for Drug Use

This article was published as a press release by the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, an organization that defends the human rights of women who are pregnant.   As if the recent Supreme Court decisions were not enough, the last few weeks have been a frightening reminder that it is not just women’s rights to […]

Legalize ALL Drugs, Not Just Cannabis

Legalize ALL Drugs, Not Just Cannabis

IMAGE: L’Aubade, Pablo Picassso I was entertaining a customer in our cannabis vapour lounge (420 Session) a couple days ago.  We had the usual chit chat and banter about pot–what kind I like, what kind of vaporizers are best, you know, the usual.  Then the War on Drugs came up, and after taking a hit […]

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Among drug policy reform activists, there is a consensus that punitive approaches should not constitute the bulk of our national strategy to reduce the harms associated with addiction and problematic use of drugs. Whether in recognition of its fiscal irresponsibility, its conflict with public health goals, or its disparate impact on brown, black, and poor […]

Saint Jude Retreats: America’s Non-12 Step & Non-Treatment Program

Saint Jude Retreats: America’s Non-12 Step & Non-Treatment Program

IMAGE: Christina’s World, Andrew Wyeth Can someone else control you? Can they control your thoughts, your emotions, your decisions, actions or reactions? Some would argue that laws control you and your behavior. But people choose to break the law everyday in all kinds of ways, both large and small. Some would say that an employer […]

Catch-422: How The War On Cannabis Ties Us Up In Knots

Catch-422: How The War On Cannabis Ties Us Up In Knots

ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF JOHN DVORAK With a tip of my hempen chapeau to Joseph Heller, I have identified a phenomenon I call “Catch-422.” With the full-throated (and paid for) assistance of the mainstream media for the last 70+ years, our government’s Reefer Madness campaign has demonized cannabis, stigmatized entire classes of society and destroyed […]

My Wife’s Addicted to Breaking Bad And I’m Not Allowed To Do Meth

My Wife’s Addicted to Breaking Bad And I’m Not Allowed To Do Meth

I do not approve of the so-called hippies, but I do not approve of any government control over drugs. The government does not have the right to tell any individual what to do with his or her health and life. You probably know that I received a prescription for the stimulant Benzedrine, or “speed.” I […]

Being Honest With Ourselves About Drug Use

Being Honest With Ourselves About Drug Use

PHOTO: William S. Burroughs When I was in high school, I really loved William Burroughs. I used to want to move to Morocco by way of a time machine so it could be the 1950s and also, I could be a gay man because otherwise, Burroughs probably wouldn’t have cared that much about me, sexually. […]

Jonesin’ For Weed: Can People Really Crave Marijuana?

Jonesin’ For Weed: Can People Really Crave Marijuana?

The field of psychology is abuzz this month because our manual for diagnosing clinical disorders is being re-released and will be chock-full of modifications (DSM-5). The proposed changes are particularly relevant to my own work because the newest edition is reorganizing how we diagnose cannabis related disorders. The most notable change is the addition of […]

This Mom Wants Mother’s Day Every Day

This Mom Wants Mother’s Day Every Day

Throughout these past few weeks, I’ve been asked so many times what I wanted for Mother’s day, so I’ve come up with a few requests. Won’t you help make every day Mother’s Day? I hope: …we will be able to implement Good Samaritan laws, where people will no longer fear prosecution if they are a […]