9/11 and Drug History:
An Interview with Dr. Samuel R. Friedman

Editor’s Note: This post is by Points Managing Editor Emerita Emily Dufton. She holds a PhD in American Studies from George Washington University and is the author of Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America. Email Emily at emily.dufton@gmail.com and follow her on Twitter @emily_dufton. Welcome back, Emily! On the morning of SeptemberContinue reading “9/11 and Drug History:
An Interview with Dr. Samuel R. Friedman”

Goodbye 2020, Goodbye Emily Dufton; Hello 2021, Hello AIHP!

Editor’s Note: This is me — Emily Dufton — signing off. 2020. What a year. What was it for you? The pandemic? Teaching remotely? Learning a whole new way to interact with family and friends? The total disruption of normalcy? There were highlights: the election of Joe Biden (a fellow Pennsylvania native — hello Scranton,Continue reading “Goodbye 2020, Goodbye Emily Dufton; Hello 2021, Hello AIHP!”

Points Roundtable: “American Rehab” from Reveal

In July, Reveal, the broadcast channel of the Center for Investigative Reporting, released its eight-part series American Rehab, which centered on an investigation into the drug treatment program Cenikor and the group’s emphasis on “work therapy.” Examining how Cenikor was able to transform “tens of thousands of people into an unpaid, shadow workforce,” Reveal tracedContinue reading “Points Roundtable: “American Rehab” from Reveal”

Marijuana History: A Bibliography

It’s been a big month for cannabis legalization news. On May 31, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana use, and did so via state legislature (making it only the second state, after Vermont, to do so in this manner). But earlier this week, a movement to legalize in New York fell flat.Continue reading “Marijuana History: A Bibliography”

Hidden Figures of Drug History: Melissa Cargill

This is the first time researching a post in my “Hidden Figures of Drug History” series has legitimately pissed me off. Usually, when I’m trying to learn more about someone like Joan Ganz Cooney, Lenore Kandel or Kitty McNeil, the fantastically-nicknamed “Babbling Bodhisattva,” my research takes me to enlightening places, where I can locate theContinue reading “Hidden Figures of Drug History: Melissa Cargill”

Points Bookshelf: “Glass and Gavel” by Nancy Maveety

“Look, I like beer, okay? I like beer.” If there is no other solace from the painful testimonies we heard from Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh last September (and there is not), at least we have Matt Damon’s portrayal of the justice on Saturday Night Live. (The Washington Post made this helpful mashup ifContinue reading “Points Bookshelf: “Glass and Gavel” by Nancy Maveety”

Points Bookshelf: “Never Enough” by Judith Grisel

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the first installment of the Points Bookshelf, in which we review books about drugs, alcohol, history–and maybe even a combination of all three. We open with a review of Judith Grisel’s new book “Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction,” which was released last month.  If you’re interested in reviewingContinue reading “Points Bookshelf: “Never Enough” by Judith Grisel”

Points Roundtable, Part 1: Emily Dufton on Alex Berenson’s “Tell Your Children”

Editor’s Note: A new book about marijuana was released earlier this month. Alex Berenson’s Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence has been met with vocal critiques and admiration, and we here at Points wanted to respond. Over the next two weeks, we’re going to run a roundtable on Berenson’s book, starting withContinue reading “Points Roundtable, Part 1: Emily Dufton on Alex Berenson’s “Tell Your Children””

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