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Synthetic Marijuana aka “Herbal Incense”: A Legal High That’s Nothing Like Cannabis

Synthetic Marijuana aka “Herbal Incense”: A Legal High That’s Nothing Like Cannabis

People often call it by brand names: K2, Spice, or A-Bomb. It’s generically referred to as herbal incense, or sometimes, sythentic marijuana or synthetic cannabis. While it is true that the demand for these products arises from the demand for a legal alternative to cannabis, these technically illegal smoking blends (and they are illegal under […]

My Best Friend Rachel Hoffman Was Murdered At 23-Years-Old

My Best Friend Rachel Hoffman Was Murdered At 23-Years-Old

Pictures courtesy of Elizabeth Patty-Lugo and the Hoffman family unless otherwise noted. I was less than one mile south and about five minutes away from my best friend when she was shot point-blank five times with the gun she was ordered by police to purchase. Rachel Hoffman had been a confidential informant with the Tallahassee […]

War of the Womb

War of the Womb

The Jim Crow fueled Drug War has produced at least one pernicious effect that does not get enough attention in many of our discussions.¬† Pregnant women, especially low-income women of color, are the object of scrutiny by purported child protection agencies.¬†While a white, upper class woman may not be scrutinized through urine screens during pregnancy, […]