Monthly Archives: November 2013

Grandmas Stopped After Crossing into TX After Driving Home from Drug Policy Reform Conference in CO

Grandmas Stopped After Crossing into TX After Driving Home from Drug Policy Reform Conference in CO

The Drug Policy Reform Conference in Denver was a great experience for many. When it ended, Texas Moms United  Trish Taylor and Margarita McAuliffe drove back to Austin and San Antonio. After spending a night in Taos, NM, they crossed the Texas state line at around 10 or 11 p .m. Here is their story […]

Cracks In The Wall: What The Vote In Portland Maine Means For Marijuana

Cracks In The Wall: What The Vote In Portland Maine Means For Marijuana

On Election Day 2013, voters in Maine’s largest city sent a resounding message by voting to legalize adult possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana – by a massive 65%-35% margin. But while the vote was a huge win for Portland, it’s an even bigger win for the country. To understand exactly why, we must go […]

The War Isn’t Over: New Mexico Man Anally Violated in Bogus Drug Search

The War Isn’t Over: New Mexico Man Anally Violated in Bogus Drug Search

It reads like an article from The Onion: A man is pulled over by police for a minor traffic violation, a drug-sniffing K-9 sounds an alert, a search warrant is hastily obtained, and the man is taken to a hospital where he is subjected to x-rays, rectal exams, enemas, and finally a colonoscopy. But this is […]

Know Your Heroes: Nora Callahan Of Drug War Prisoner Rights Group The November Coalition (TNC)

Know Your Heroes: Nora Callahan Of Drug War Prisoner Rights Group The November Coalition (TNC)

PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher/Ladybud Magazine The November Coalition (TNC), a charitable nonprofit education foundation that has worked to end drug war injustice since 1997. The following is a speech that TNC’s Executive Director Nora Callahan delivered in June of that same year at the First International Drug Peace Day Rally in San Francisco, California. It is as important […]

Does My Butt Look Saggy Underneath These Jeans?

Does My Butt Look Saggy Underneath These Jeans?

How old are you/how dumb am I? Let’s count the rings/around my eyes.                                          -The Replacements Time: it slips, it drags, it stalls, it clings, it snags holding on, and a minute can last an eternity […]

Child Protective Services & Family Court: The Last Gasp of the Drug War

Child Protective Services & Family Court: The Last Gasp of the Drug War

PHOTO: Jonathan Oakley What’s worse than going to jail for cannabis?  Your children taken away by child protection services for it.  If you’re incarcerated, you receive a specific custodial sentence — which may be reduced for good behavior or perhaps even commuted — during which you are guaranteed visits with your family.  You can count down […]

‘Tis the Season: Brightside PDX Gives Back

‘Tis the Season: Brightside PDX Gives Back

My name is Simone Fischer and I work the front desk at Brightside Community Foundation, a new non-profit medical marijuana dispensary in Portland. I’m twenty-two years old and recently graduated from Portland State University with a bachelors of science in women and gender studies, and a minor in philosophy. I originally started out as a pre-med biology major […]

REVIEW: Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Oil

REVIEW: Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Oil

No, this isn’t one of those hemp-based CBD oils that are such a hot topic right now; it’s just for eating, and it’s delicious. Manitoba Harvest is a Canadian company that played an instrumental role in legalizing industrial hemp in Canada. According to the company’s website, they are the world’s largest hemp food manufacturer, and […]

ELECTION DAY: The Immoderate Truth About Chris Christie

ELECTION DAY: The Immoderate Truth About Chris Christie

Research by Dae Alighieri, written by Dae Aligheri and Vanessa Waltz New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been touting a “record” of being moderate and bipartisan – and many folks are buying it – yet the opposite is true. With his sights set on the 2016 presidential election, it’s critical for voters to understand that […]

Saving Law Enforcement From Themselves, Again and Again

Saving Law Enforcement From Themselves, Again and Again

Is there something different in the air in Missouri when it comes to law enforcement and social media postings? I have written previously about the Columbia Police Officer’s Association president who made simply asinine remarks relative to unconstitutional body cavity searches, and today, I found this in the Riverfront Times from a different member of […]