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This Initiative Is Not About Access

By Heidi Swan | January 9, 2022

Thanks to Easy Reader News for quoting me. “Heidi Swan told the council, ‘The city of Hermosa Beach is 1.4 square miles, so it’s a very short drive if you want to go outside our city to get products. Obviously, this initiative is not about access. There are many of us who feel there is…

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We Did Not Vote to Legalize Dabbing

By Heidi Swan | January 9, 2022

Most people don’t even know what dabbing is. But it is very popular with youth–and it is dangerous. It is surprising when people assume this is the old marijuana. Youth have an increase of severe dependency on these products. To protect our kids we have to be sure everyone understands the ultra-high potency products available…

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Live 2 Hour Conversation with We the People Radio

By Heidi Swan | December 21, 2021

I was on live for two hours with the very engaging and entertaining Erin and Bill from We The People Radio. We talked a lot about A Night In Jail and my brother’s involvement in writing the story. They said a lot of nice things about this website so I gave a shout-out to Power Ten Web…

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An Easy-to-Use Tool to Check for Marijuana and/or Fentanyl

By Heidi Swan | November 1, 2021

My brother and I made a lot of bad decisions as teenagers. One of them was to use marijuana. We both thought it was harmless. Then I had psychosis from it. After that, I rarely used it because it scared me so much. My brother liked the “fun house” feeling it gave him and he…

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Why I Wrote Potency Caps Are Needed to Protect Kids

By Heidi Swan | September 28, 2021

Washington State Representative, Lauren Davis, has tried two times to put potency caps on THC products. Several other states have made efforts, as well. Colorado’s legislature, for example, heard countless hours of testimony from teens, parents, and educators/caregivers about the mental and physical harms of ultra-high potency THC products. Still, the industry has very few…

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My Interview with Fox.com Described as a Hit Piece

By Heidi Swan | September 28, 2021

It’s nice to see a couple of months after my interview with Fox.com was published, it’s still being talked about. However, the author misunderstood my comments about chamomile tea. My meaning is that lawmakers act as though marijuana has the same side effects as chamomile tea. Not that they would regulate it in the same…

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Why Aren’t Our Lawmakers Being Honest About THC Risks?

By Heidi Swan | July 23, 2021

A friend of mine sent me this screenshot. It made me laugh. I never would have imagined I’d be juxtaposed with Senator Schumer–ever. What an honor. That said, the topic is not funny and I demand our lawmakers stop making light of legalization. Whatever position a person has on it, the truth about the effects…

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Science About THC and Opioid Misuse

By Heidi Swan | July 8, 2021

One way to fight our opioid epidemic is to prevent marijuana use, especially in teens. How can this be? What do THC products have to do with opioid abuse? Aren’t they separate drugs? And wasn’t marijuana supposed to help our opioid crisis? The latest science shows how marijuana use actually conributes to our opioid crisis.…

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Teen Discussion About The Effects of THC Normalization

By Heidi Swan | May 12, 2021

In preparation for the 2nd Annual Teaching Cannabis Awareness & Prevention Workshop (co-chaired by Dr. Bonnie Halpern of Stanford), I produced a highlight video of improvisational exercises with teen actors. These were based on themes from A Night In Jail. Following the exercises, we had a discussion. This video is a slightly longer version of the discussion highlights.…

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