Best-selling author and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson is coming (back) to Colorado to talk about the "truth" related to pot and kids.
He will talk about his new book -- "Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence" -- in Colorado Springs and Centennial Tuesday and Denver on Wednesday.
Berenson has penned 12 fiction thrillers and two nonfiction books. He started his journalism career as a Denver Post business reporter in 1994.
His three events in Colorado are free and open to the public:
- From noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Colorado Springs at The Warehouse at 25 West Cimarron St.
- From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Arapahoe High School in Centennial at 2201 East Dry Creek Road.
- On Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Denver at the History Colorado Center at 1200 North Broadway.
Berenson's talks are sponsored by The Gazette, Colorado Politics and Children's Hospital Colorado.
In his journalism career, Berenson has reported from the battlefields of Iraq to the boardrooms of the pharmaceutical industry.
Berenson is a father of two. His book, he has said, grew out of conversations with his wife, Jacqueline Berenson, who is a forensic psychiatrist who treats mentally ill criminals. "They all smoke" pot, she told him.
He and his new book, which takes on the science and research around marijuana, were profiled in The New Yorker magazine in January.
"Berenson is constrained by the same problem the National Academy of Medicine faced -- that, when it comes to marijuana, we really don’t know very much," the magazine reports. "But he has a reporter’s tenacity, a novelist’s imagination, and an outsider’s knack for asking intemperate questions. The result is disturbing."
Berenson makes the case that marijuana goes hand in hand with opiates and cocaine, noting that research shows their use rise and fall together.
He also argues that the chemical in pot that delivers the high could cause psychotic episodes and possibly psychosis.
Psychosis is linked to violence, and "cannabis-linked violence is spreading," Berenson says on his website.
Editor's note: This article was updated at 9:07 a.m. to correct the event's list of sponsors.