A VIEW FROM THE FRONT LINES OF LEGALIZATION
|| By ALLISON HOWARD || The year was 1987 and America’s “War on Drugs” was in full swing. Anyone who had a television set (and very few didn’t) was sure to have seen the “This is Your Brain on Drugs” public service announcement more times than they cared to count.
Today the messaging is vastly different.
Living in Colorado, one of the first things people ask me about is the marijuana culture here. Is everyone stoned? Are there pot shops on every street corner? No. But pot has definitely become a significant part of the Colorado culture.
Green crosses can be seen in most towns indicating a place to buy recreational or medicinal marijuana products. Meanwhile as I sit in my apartment, I frequently pick up the uniquely identifiable odor of marijuana seeping through my air conditioning system.
Not being a proponent of drug use in general, I find this irritating – but I also know marijuana is a legitimate treatment for many who have run out of other medical options.
In studies published by Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, marijuana has been attributed to many…