• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 4 comments on Evolving Attitudes, and Science, about Marijuana

  1. It’s a little surprising that there’s no other college course devoted to marijuana history. Still, someone has to be the first. The subject is routinely part of various “Drugs in History & Society” courses, & there must be increased offerings on business & legal aspects, reflecting current changes in social practice & law.

    This is an important contemporary issue with significant historical dimensions. It is perfectly appropriate for a college-level course. Students will get more out of it since it sounds like Prof. Blumenthal isn’t teaching it as a “gut” course.

    We shouldn’t necessarily accept the assumption that the paraphrased quotation “‘I just wanted to talk about weed and write a few papers’” indicates slacker attitudes among certain students. That sounds like they are willing to do the required work, & share their insights with others in discussion. What’s not to like?

  2. This is great news! There is nothing more powerful than education…The course is the greatest debate and I am all for learning right along with being a devoted student…I have one course left to attend before I am able to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Art’s. Unfortunately I suffered a massive stroke one test away before graduation I would be interested but was wondering if you offer this course on line

  3. Hoping to take this course,so that I am able to earn my last credit to graduate & have the pleasure to recieve my B.A.in Liberal Arts what an honor it would be, after a long 10 yr. journey to achieve my life long dream as a writer…. Sincerely,


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