California Leads By Example – Could Benefit from Marijuana Educational Program

by Mike Miller December 15, 2013
While I may not live in California I know people who do. All of them think there is a major problem with marijuana use in California. What do you think? In a previous blog entry, I made note of a study that showed marijuana in the system of twice as many drivers as alcohol in California. As reported in www.nytimes.com. In a broad study about to be published in The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, on the ramifications of legalizing recreational marijuana, two economics professors repo... [More]

Take an 8 Hour Drug Class Before Finding Spirit Through Weed

by Mike Miller August 29, 2013
There is no denying that people can justify using drugs. The mind is a powerful thing – it can justify drug use for anything from medical need to religious purposes. As one of the most popular drugs used throughout the world is cannabis, whether it is ingested or inhaled it is used for a wide range of purposes. In fact, there are people around the world who have been using it for thousands of years for religious and spiritual purposes. In the Old World, cannabis was believed to help hypn... [More]

Anti-Smoking Course teaches of Dangers of Using Cannabis

by Mike Miller August 21, 2013
When I was growing up in the 1970s marijuana was still very much in the fringe of society. Of course there were the hippies who smoked it, but anyone else was labeled a “stoner” and basically a “loser.” Boy how times change, right? Now marijuana is legal for recreational purposes in two states, Washington and Colorado, and for medicinal purposes in twelve others plus Washington, DC. It is estimated that more people ages 13-25 smoke marijuana than tobacco! As crazy as it... [More]

Drug Classes Teach About History of Marijuana

by Mike Miller August 17, 2013
Cannabis has been used as a medical treatment for thousands of years all over the world, so it has a very rich history. The legal history of cannabis in the United States dates back to as early as the 1860s, when they began to place restrictions and regulations on the sale of it. Cannabis continues to be one of the most popular drugs throughout the United States today and its history is a long and important one. The growing of cannabis plants began as early as the year 1619 when King James I or... [More]

420 Is Time for Online Drug Education Course

by Mike Miller July 28, 2013
Have you ever celebrated “4-20?” If you even know what it means that in itself is a symbol of how pervasive the marijuana culture has become in our society. Did you know that medical marijuana dispensaries actually increase their staff and offer all kinds of specials on April 20th? Sales on the 20th of April are usually three times that of any other average day! Why do the sick need extra medicine on that day? What the heck is 4-20 and why do potheads celebrate on that day? It is ... [More]

Drug Education Courses Don’t Teach How to Grow Weed

by Mike Miller July 12, 2013
Do you know someone who has a marijuana plant or has grown marijuana in the past? I bet you do. As a counselor for alcohol,drug and DUI classes I often discuss the subject of weed cultivation with my students. It may not surprise you to learn that many of my students have grown weed. Cannabis has always been a popular drug all over the world and is one of the most commonly made-at-home drugs today. Cannabis cultivation is so popular because it can be done all naturally, rather inexpensively, an... [More]

Addictive Drugs - Cannabis

by Mike Miller October 17, 2011
As a counselor for both in class and online drug classes my students and I often discuss the addictive nature of the various drugs. It may surprise you, or not, that a majority of the students taking my class have had a legal problem with respect to marijuana use. Almost unanimously my students do not believe marijuana to be physically addictive. The addictive potential of a drug varies from substance to substance, and from individual to individual. Dose, frequency, pharmacokinetics of a partic... [More]