Portfolio Category: Portfolio: Politics

Gabapentin Withdrawal: My Story

My gabapentin withdrawal symptoms included vertigo from the moment I woke up until about midday, hot flashes that rivaled menopause, daily migraines, and what I prefer to just call intestinal distress. A funny thing happens when your eyes are wide open for the first time—it’s like a fog lifting. Horror stories abound about the dangers…
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The Truth About INSYS Therapeutics And Big Pharma’s Battle To Take Down Legal Cannabis

The 2016 US presidential election cycle was a productive one for pro-cannabis activists. Voters in California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine approved referendums that legalized recreational cannabis. In Arizona, however, a similar referendum (Proposition 205) was defeated, seemingly in defiance of pre-election polls that indicated it would pass. Political analysts credited a strong last-minute push by…
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The New Prohibition Battle: True Cannabis Legalization Is A Constitutional Matter

Federal law prohibits the cultivation, sale and consumption of cannabis products within the borders of the United States. The majority of states have passed laws in contradiction to this edict (33 states and two territories have legalized medical marijuana; 10 others and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational cannabis), but the federal government can…
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The Truth About Veterans and Medical Marijuana

This was published in Big Buds Magazine. Every year on November 11, in celebrations both large and small, the nation comes together to thank veterans of all wars the United States has participated in. Veterans Day is one of the few instances where we can put our politics and ideology aside to acknowledge the sacrifices these…
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Mexican Supreme Court Declares Cannabis Prohibition Unconstitutional

This was published in Big Buds Magazine. The full legalization of cannabis in Mexico moved one step closer to reality on October 31, when the National Supreme Court of Justice, the highest court in the land, issued a ruling declaring the country’s existing ban on recreational cannabis unconstitutional. In its findings in favor of two…
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Utuado, Puerto Rico: Un Año Después del Huracán María

Como la mayoría de las situaciones traumáticas, para todos nosotros en Puerto Rico, el huracán María no fue un evento común, ya que alteró nuestra realidad y el diario vivir de cada Puertorriqueño. Mucho después de que los medios noticiosos en los Estados Unidos y otros países reemplazaran nuestra historia con nuevos titulares y los…
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Utuado, Puerto Rico: One Year After Hurricane Maria

All-inclusive resorts facing white, sandy beaches; the forts in Old San Juan; El Yunque Rainforest; the bioluminescent bay; home of tostones, arroz con gandules and the original piña colada; salsa music and the coquí frog all have the makings of the perfect vacation on the Caribbean island dubbed, “La Isla del Encanto” (The Enchanted Island).…
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Why I Did a Complete 180 About Medical Marijuana

If you knew me when I was growing up, you'd know why it's pretty surprising how I feel about marijuana. It is surprising to many why I did a complete 180 about medical marijuana. When I was 18 years old, I slipped while taking a shower in my apartment in New York City. My lower…
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Procter and Gamble Commercial: Let’s Talk About the Talk

If you haven’t heard about the Procter and Gamble commercial, The Talk, let me please be the one to introduce it to you. It’s raw, it’s historical and it’s spot on! Anyone claiming it’s race baiting, racist or that they’re going to boycott Procter and Gable because of it, I say this: ask yourself why…
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