In June 2014, the disgraced former CEO of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) signed Florida’s medical marijuana bill into law. It was a fitting beginning to a regulatory process that has been marred by shadowy fraud in the selection of lucrative vertically integrated licenses in what could become one of the largest medical marijuana markets in the country. The state appears poised to double down upon the fraud, and in keeping with Governor Rick Scott’s legacy of putting healthcare profits before people, some of the new law’s provisions could shield corporate revenues at the expense of fragile patients.
As a Privileged White Guy Living in 'Liberal' Berkeley, I Wasn't Expecting a Police Raid on My Backyard Pot Plants
Life should be pretty good for a waspy, well-educated white guy in Berkeley--and it generally is--but sometimes that balloon of privilege gets punctured. When it does, it can be an eye-opening and consciousness-raising event. My run-in with Berkeley cops over a few pot plants was one of those moments, and some of my differently-situated friends helped show me the light.
By the time Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada had turned 14, she had already known grievous sorrow. Her father, a Jewish convert to Christianity who lived in Gotarrendura, Avila (recently annexed as part of the newly unified kingdom of Spain), had disappeared early from Teresa’s life after the Spanish Inquisition questioned the sincerity of his conversion and condemned him. Then, when her mother fell ill and died, the girl went to the only place left to her: a nunnery.