Do Pets Need Drug Classes Too?

by Mike Miller April 24, 2014
Fido – put down the crack pipe! As crazy as it sounds, the number of pets being treated by veterinarians for poisoning from recreation drugs is a very real problem. One veterinary emergency room in San Diego, California sees at least one pet per week suffering from poisoning from marijuana. San Francisco veterinarian Jill Chase had a frightening experience. She had just finished hosting a birthday party for her son 10 years ago when her dog went limp. After investigating what might have c... [More]

Marijuana Class Discusses the Potential Hazzards of Medicinal Marijuana

by Mike Miller January 21, 2014
What are your thoughts and opinions about the medicinal value of marijuana? Given that more than half of those polled believe that the drug should be legalized for medicinal purposes and 20 states and the District of Columbia have already done so, show that the nation’s sentiments are in favor of medical weed. Marijuana’s best-known ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is responsible for the high, desired by recreational users. But many people who try smoking marijuana to relie... [More]

Medicinal Marijuana Should Require an Online Drug Course

by Mike Miller January 17, 2014
Do you know someone who thinks marijuana is safer to use than alcohol? If so, you are not alone. The public perception of marijuana has come a long way in the past 30 or 40 years. Despite being classified by the federal government alongside other dangerous and addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin, marijuana’s danger has been diminished, at least in the public eye. Twenty states have legalized it for medicinal purposes and there is a strong push to legalize recreational use on a nationa... [More]

If You Use Marijuana, Please Educate Yourself!

by Mike Miller January 6, 2014
Despite its growing popularity both culturally and socially it is important to remember that marijuana is still considered an addictive drug. The legal line with marijuana is getting blurrier all the time with 20 states and the District of Columbia now making it legal for medicinal purposes and Colorado and Washington legalizing for recreational purposes. Did you know that in 1970 Congress classified marijuana as an illegal Schedule I drug, defining as having a potential for abuse and addiction... [More]

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 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]

Californians Need Online Marijuana Class More Than Ever

by Mike Miller December 11, 2013
I have blogged about the nonsense that is medicinal marijuana for years. What percent of medical marijuana users do you think have a true medical need for the drug? Keep in mind that the American Medical Association, the definitive word on illness and medication and illness in America, has not come out with a single ailment for which they recommend smoking cannabis. The law legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes in California applies only to people who have a medical need for marijuana, li... [More]

Legalizing Marijuana without Mandatory Drug Education Classes?

by Mike Miller December 7, 2013
Proponents of legalized marijuana claim that all the dire warnings of legalizing marijuana – increased crime and use of other drugs – have not come to fruition. Some of that may be true, but there is no denying that marijuana consumption has gone up over the past decade. Those in support of legalizing marijuana say that while driving under the influence of any intoxicant is dangerous, the research shows that driving after smoking marijuana is less dangerous than after drinking alcoh... [More]

Californians Need Marijuana Education Classes

by Mike Miller December 3, 2013
California is a national leader in many areas. Some of these are positive and some negative. Did you know that California was the first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes? Is medicinal marijuana a gateway for recreational legalization? Despite the stereotype, not every Northern California resident is a marijuana user, some even complain about the stench of all the marijuana plants. In the heart of Northern California’s marijuana growing region, the sheriff’s office i... [More]

Will Legal Marijuana Increase Need for Substance Abuse Classes?

by Mike Miller November 4, 2013
Whether we like it or not, marijuana is becoming more prevalent every day in our society. As a counselor for substance abuse classes, students tell me all the time how easy it is to “score” weed. This is the second in a series of blogs looking at how our nation seems to becoming more relaxed with respect to marijuana every day. Marijuana is currently legal for medicinal purposes in almost 1/3 of the country and is on the ballot of a few more this year. It is even legal for recreatio... [More]

Legal Weed Increases Need for Drug Addiction Education

by Mike Miller November 2, 2013
Is marijuana still illegal in this country? You might think that is a rhetorical question, however, given the current status of the drug all across America, the answer is much more nebulous I assure you. For those of you unfamiliar with marijuana’s legal status in the United States here is a brief synopsis of the current state of affairs. It is currently legal in 14 states, plus our nation’s capital – Washington DC, for “medicinal” purposes. I put the parenthesis a... [More]