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Jane Marcus, Ph.D.
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Jane Marcus has a PhD in Communication and Policy Analysis from Stanford University where she studied with the late Professor Everett Rogers and Professor Emeritus Albert Bandura. Now retired, she worked for 35 years in the University’s central computing organization. Marcus is past president of Beth Am Women, the sisterhood ofCongregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. CA. She is a member of the Chai Society of Retired Board members of the Women of Reform Judaism and is a board member of the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center. A Bay Area resident since 1977, she spent her pre-college life in New York. The ideas she expresses are her own.

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Open Letter to Florida Voters About Medical Marijuana and Amendment 2

(8) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 2:07 PM

Florida voters who are still deciding on how to complete their absentee ballots or will be going to the polls in person on Election Day have an important vote to cast in the upcoming election.

They will be asked to vote on Amendment 2 that will make...

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Honoring Initiators Who Lead Social Change

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 4:13 PM

The post-holiday cleanup is over. Denver and Seattle are back to normal after the rare confluence of Easter Sunday and 4/20, the day that has become the celebration of cannabis culture. In those cities, residents and visitors gathered to celebrate the states' historic votes to legalize and regulate recreational use...

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Medical Marijuana Policy and My Seder Table

(1) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 5:34 AM

I was setting my seder table, polishing Miriam's cup, a new addition to the ritual objects we Jews include in the telling of the story of the Exodus. Miriam's cup is a symbol of Miriam's gift of finding water on the journey out of Egypt as well as an acknowledgement...

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Holy Cannabis: The Bible Tells Us So

(17) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 10:59 AM

This Saturday, the day after Valentine's day, synagogues all over the world will be studying the Torah portion Ki Tissa, Exodus 30:11-34:35. It's likely that most people who are asked to comment on the portion will focus on the dramatic story of the Golden Calf that is told in the...

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Legal Marijuana: a Tale of Two Coasts

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 3:46 PM

It's the week before Superbowl, a week full of hype and hyperbole. Be prepared for lame stoner jokes from TV anchors because this year we're celebrating the first ever Marijuana Bowl. Playing are teams from Colorado and Washington, the only two states to have legalized recreational marijuana.

Earlier this month,...

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Legacy of Newtown: New Communities for Mental Health

(8) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 7:03 PM

It took the Newtown tragedy -- along with Virginia Tech and Aurora and Gabby Giffords -- to get us thinking about mental illness in this country.

It also should take the social isolation of the perpetrators of the Columbine and Boston Marathon tragedies to get...

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Drug Policy: Tipping Into Tikkun

(5) Comments | Posted May 8, 2013 | 6:10 PM

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus who lived in the 6th Century BCE around the same time the Israelites returned to Jerusalem from Babylonian captivity, famously said, "The only constant is change." He saw the world as an ongoing process governed by a law of change and unified...

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420 and the Tipping Point on Marijuana Policy

(28) Comments | Posted April 20, 2013 | 6:34 PM

Not every new invention is adopted. Not every new product succeeds in the market place. Not every good public policy becomes law.

In 1962, Everett Rogers published Diffusion of Innovations that laid out the theories of the spread of new products and ideas that is the hallmark of contemporary American...

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