Stephen Bitsoli, a Michigan-based freelancer, writes about addiction, politics and related matters for several blogs. A lifelong avid reader, he loves learning and sharing what he's learned.


No Proof Marijuana Legalization Increases Rate or Severity of Automobile Accidents

The obstacles to nationwide legalization of recreational marijuana are falling like dominoes. That worries a lot of people—especially many in the national and state legislatures—who fear Reefer Madness-like mobs of cannabis-infused urban zombies on the streets and the roads. Others—perhaps influenced by the money to be saved on enforcement and the revenues to be garnered




Rehabs Permit Tobacco but Not Marijuana

Alcohol and drug rehabs usually don’t allow the use of cannabis, whether smoked, vaped, eaten or applied topically. (One exception—there may be more—is a substance abuse clinic that uses marijuana as a sort of medication-assisted treatment.) That’s perhaps not surprising. The last thing an addict needs is anything addictive and harmful.


Vivitrol, Meth, and the Law of Unintended Consequences

There’s a concept in the social sciences known as the law of unintended consequences. The results can be unexpectedly beneficial, unexpectedly detrimental, or perversely contrary to intent. At least one is unfolding right now in regards to the opioid epidemic, perhaps aided and abetted (unintentionally) by the drug courts.


Drug Recognition Experts Are Accurate, But Maybe Not Accurate Enough

Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) Program is similar to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, which are 12-step programs designed to assist substance abusers into recovery (and many rehabs incorporate them, such as California’s Chapters Capistrano 12 Step Program). DRE is a 12-step program to detect drugged drivers.


When States Drag Their Feet on Marijuana Legalization

On July 1, 2018, recreational marijuana is expected to become legal in Canada and Vermont. The difference is that Vermont is only legalizing possession and limited, small-scale cultivation, not commercial growth and sale. Vermonters will have to buy their cannabis elsewhere or grow their own.