Bipolar Disorder, Made in Vermont By Kim I appreciate the opportunity to share some of my experiences as a parent of a child with bipolar disorder. I know there are many opportunities for growth as a state in our approach to people with mental illness. Close to thirty years ago, my husband and I moved
By Maggie Originally published on PopPot.org My husband and I have four sons. Our oldest, Trevor is 16. It gives me a great deal of pleasure and emotion to be able to write this letter, because he has overcome so much in the last six months. Since Trevor was 12 or 13, we had emotional difficulties
A lifetime of memories is symbolized by this memorial quilt dedicated by families who lost loved ones to cannabis related illnesses and accidents. It honors all families who have suffered the incalculable loss of a loved one to drugs and a warning that marijuana does kill.
LETTING GO OF MJ: A CYCLE OF ABUSE By J. Belsher After a decade of ups and downs this time was different. Ever since he met the love of his life, MJ, things were complicated. He obsessed about her day and night. At first she was kind to him, made him feel special,
Marijuana First, Heroin Last Our 17-year-old son Justin was a most unlikely victim of a heroin overdose when he died in 2008. He was an excellent student, athlete and extremely talented songwriter/musician on the verge of completing his first music album and facing a bright future. He died in his bedroom after snorting heroin just
Editor’s Note: Vermont bill H.511 was passed by the VT legislators and approved by Governor Scott (who was abundantly forewarned by parents, physicians, law enforcement groups, lawyers the consequences of legalizing home pot grows will have dire effects on the communities in Vermont, especially to the young people). Dear Members of Congress, I live in
Because pot is being legalized in more and more states, many young people assume it must be safe. However, when used by people whose brains are still developing (up to age 25), there is an increased risk of developing a mental illness. Recent studies have shown this vulnerability, and the tragic correlation is starkly illustrated
When you bury a child you die with them. Yet you still wake up each morning and somehow have to function in your “new” normal. I’ve always considered myself as “politically” correct so when marijuana became “medicine” I didn’t think it would ever affect my life. Whether or not my views would have changed my
Rosemary lost her life in a car crash. The marijuana impaired driver who killed her, got off with a light sentence–he only served one and a half years behind bars. Now her brother fights for justice.
Joey’s drug use started with marijuana at age 13 or 14. Joey’s dad and I saw an email on his cell phone about obtaining marijuana from a friend. We immediately took action…