I’m skeptical about … cannabis (part 2)

Most people harbor guilty pleasures. Mine have nothing to do with marijuana, but I do admit to a weakness for good spy thrillers, and it’s my interest in the latter that led me to write this post about the former. Alex Berenson, an ex-New York Times reporter, is the author of my favorite spy series about a CIA operative named John Wells. You can learn a lot about covert operations from reading this series, so when Berenson turned his attention to a non-fiction book warning about the dangers of cannabis called, Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, it got my attention. Continue reading

I’m skeptical about … cannabis (part 1).

“Marijuana, the Devil’s flower; if you use it, you’ll be enslaved.

Marijuana, it brings you sorrow; and may send you to your grave.”

                                                                                                  —Mr. Sunshine and his Guitar Pickers, 1951.

Attitudes have changed a lot in the decades since those lyrics first echoed across the AM radio dial. According to a 2018 Pew Research Center poll, 62% of Americans support marijuana legalization; among Millennials that number jumps to 74%. Continue reading