Posts Categorized: About Drugs

Words of Wisdom Promoting a new novel without an established reader base is daunting and intimidating. After hosting a book-launching event, and asking (begging) friends to please read, review, and recommend Busted to others, I needed to expand my universe and have been seeking professional and influential blogger reviews. When a novel is submitted, there…

Recently New Jersey Senator Cory Booker introduced legislation called the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017. If the bill passes it will legalize marijuana at the federal level, incentivize legalization at the state level, and retroactively apply to those serving time in federal prison for marijuana-related offenses by providing a process for expungement and resentencing, pending…

On Thursday, July 27th, 2017 the Senate Appropriations Committee renewed an amendment which protects medical marijuana from federal interference. In other words, marijuana patients and providers cannot be prosecuted. The amendment had bipartisan support and passed with voice votes–which are used for non-controversial issues. The next step is for the amendment to be included in the final appropriations bill,…

How would you feel if a jealous friend, disgruntled coworker/boss/employee, or malicious acquaintance accused you of having and/or selling illegal drugs, and the police, without proof, seized your car, home, and savings because you were suspected of breaking the law? No, this nightmare scenario is not a plot for a novel. Unfortunately, this is an…

–In the U.S., 52,404 people have died from opioid-related deaths; more than from car accidents or gun-related deaths. —Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton –“Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.” —Sam Quiones, NYT, June 16, 2017 –“Middle-of-the-road” white Americans without a college degree are the most impacted.—Jared Keller, Pacific Standard…

I don’t like drugs and I don’t use drugs. However, I do support keeping medicinal marijuana legal and available to those who need it. Recently I received an e-mail from the Drug Policy Alliance (action@em.drugpolicy.org) alerting me to a letter sent by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Congress demanding that members not renew the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment, which protects…

As I researched drug trafficking for my first novel, Busted, my opinion about illegal drugs changed. Previously I’d supported the war on drugs; after all, drugs are bad. Over time, I came to the conclusion that prohibition doesn’t work, and in fact, creates a black market where illegal and illicit substances thrive without regulations. My new philosophy…