Cannabis, the Constitution and States Rights

The change in the legal status of the cannabis plant has been a mixed blessing. The industry is now entering the arena of dynamic market capitalism despite many of its pioneers still serving lengthy prison sentences and many seriously ill patients still going without.   Too often these new corporate growers don’t have the same passion and spiritual attachment to the plant that the former outlaws who grew it did. This has many implications for both business and government. We need to avoid the negative baggage of entrepreneurship with its crony capitalism, cut-throat competition, and l...
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Quality vs. Junk Science: Read the Study, Not Just the Headline

The United States is in an epidemic; there are too many people rejecting real science while embracing junk. This is not an isolated phenomenon, it applies to global warming, disease prevention and policy toward substance use and abuse. Just because a study has been done doesn’t mean it is a well-designed, valid study. One needs to look beyond the alleged results and look at the design. We need to look at the results with a critical eye toward such matters as study design and raw data, and how the data has been integrated. When you read a new headlines about a study ask questions. Is i...
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