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As of this blog, nine states and Washington D.C. have legalized recreational marijuana—Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Medicinal marijuana is legal in another 29 states. While weed is gaining momentum, there’s a lack of financial institutions to support the blossoming industry. Unfortunately, cannabis businesses are forced to operate under the…

I attempted to write this blog about half a dozen times. Feeling an overwhelming resistance, I’d sit at my desk, type a few words, delete them, then try again. When the flow didn’t materialize, I told myself, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Ten days later, I still  hadn’t written the blog. What was my problem? Drugs…

There’s a scene in my novel, Busted, where the main character decides to try cocaine. Not having used cocaine myself, I interviewed several people to understand their experience. Out of concern for making blow sound desirable, I hesitated to describe the main character’s experience. I feel the same way about this blog. On Saturday, March…