AFTERWORD

By Laura Stack

Today, June 8, 2021, marks the dawn of a new epoch in protecting youth from the harms of marijuana, signaled by the overwhelming bi-partisan passage of Colorado House Bill 1317 to regulate marijuana concentrates (http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb21-1317). More than seven years after the passage of legal recreational marijuana, the Colorado legislature recognized how high-potency marijuana can harm young people and put several important regulatory measures into place.… Read the rest

Driving While Stoned

By Laura Stack
With thanks to Ed Wood for his input on this article

Driving while high on marijuana is a serious problem among American youths; legalization of marijuana makes it worse and more difficult to police. Curiously, there’s no gender gap involved, as there often is with other aspects of drug use; as of 2017, about the same number of boys and girls comprise the roughly 13% of teens who admitted to driving stoned in the past month.… Read the rest

The Rise of Big Marijuana: Lessons Learned from Big Tobacco, Part I

By Laura Stack

It’s been over a century since some savvy businessmen took tobacco out of the hands of roll-your-own, everyday joes and started producing cheap cigarettes in bulk. Aside from making the product affordable to almost anyone, their most profitable innovation lay in using milder and better-cured tobacco with smoke that was more palatable and easier to inhale deeply.… Read the rest