HAMILTON — 

Two Miami University professors are in danger of losing their jobs, and another staff member’s position was not renewed because of a plant whose roots can be made into a mind-altering drug used in coming-of-age rites in West Africa.

Brian Grubb, manager of The Conservatory on Miami’s Hamilton campus, officially resigned his position under pressure. He also worked as a biological sciences instructor and was employed on a year-to-year basis.

Professor Daniel Gladish, who has taught a variety of courses, mainly about plants and biology, was suspended with pay, as was associate professor of anthropology John Cinnamon. Both are appealing.

The actions were triggered by a Nov. 26, 2018 visit to The Conservatory by university police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents, who interviewed

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