• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

    Rich Barlow

    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

  • Jackie Ricciardi

    Staff photojournalist

    Portrait of Jackie Ricciardi

    Jackie Ricciardi is a staff photojournalist at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. She has worked as a staff photographer at newspapers that include the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Ga., and at Seacoast Media Group in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was twice named New Hampshire Press Photographer of the Year.   Profile

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There are 4 comments on The Brave New World of Legalized Marijuana

  1. Perhaps you can explore how it damages the health of students as it did to many many people in the world? I think this would have more beneficial impact than race baiting

    1. Mr Cooper, there is no sign of what you call race-baiting in this article. It mentions racial biases in arrests, prosecutions, & sentencing, but that’s identifying problems, not creating them. Frank discussions of racism may make some people uncomfortable, but these discussions are necessary. If you wish to object to genuine racism, you should denounce AG Beauregard (also mentioned here), who is creating problems in that area.

      As for the over-hyped health hazards of MJ, the well-informed voters of MA considered them before approving Ques 4 by a very large margin. MA voters have concluded that the dangers of continued criminalization are much greater.

  2. At least the photos are decent. Other BUT articles often show a bearded, sketchy-looking dude taking a hit. Kind of like the Boston Globe pieces intended to scare people away from mostly harmless fun. Boo.

    Reefer madness has been replaced by Reefer Gladness!

  3. In case you’re interested in teaching the course next year, a first-of-its-kind casebook entitled Marijuana Law, Policy, and Authority is due out next month!

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