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Why was July 1, 2018 significant? Last Sunday was the deadline for marijuana companies to submit samples for testing to determine if their products meet California’s quality standards. Lab Testing Cannabis When Californians approved marijuana legalization in 2016, the state began issuing licenses for growing, testing, and selling pot starting on January 1, 2018. Many…

My generation was part of the “hippie” movement: the free-love, LSD-taking, marijuana-smoking, counter-culture allure that spanned the U.S. in the 1960’s. Forty years later… An article by Peter Rowe in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, February 18th stated that from 2006 to 2013, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported a 250%…

On the CBS Monday Evening News, there was a segment on gun violence and the effect on society. The reporter said that every time someone kills, maims, and injures innocent people, the public becomes more immune. What? The report, along with the disastrous events in Orlando, Las Vegas, New York, and Sutherland Springs saddened me.…

Did you watch the 60 Minutes segment about the opioid crisis on October 15th, 2017? In case you missed it, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker interviewed ex-DEA Agent Joe Rannazzisi, who ran the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control that regulates and investigates the pharmaceutical industry. Rannazzisi, a whistleblower, said the opioid crisis was allowed to…

A Dreadful Task I shared with my writer-friend Marcia Sargent that if I had known how much time I would spend writing and promoting my debut novel, I probably wouldn’t have embarked upon this journey. While I loved learning how to write and enjoyed the excitement of researching, networking, and uncovering little nuggets here and…