This week, Washington became the second state to roll out retail pot sales. Only time will tell whether the benefits of legalization will outweigh the costs.
“I’m able to participate in my life in ways I didn’t think we’re possible. Sure, not every day is sunshine and roses. Life still happens, but I now have the tools and the support to handle it with dignity.”
“I overdosed four times in six years, and the same guy saved my life twice…he yanked me from under a toilet door with a spike in my arm. If that door had been the length of the average toilet door, I wouldn’t be telling you this now.”
Public opinion favors marijuana legalization—and the President didn’t say anything we haven’t heard before. Still, Obama missed a critical opportunity to rise above the hype.
Phoenix House founder, Mitchell S. Rosenthal, M.D., continues to be a prominent voice in the marijuana legalization debate.