Monthly Archives: February 2014

Life in Prison For Pot: It’s Past Time for Presidential Pardons

Life in Prison For Pot: It’s Past Time for Presidential Pardons

UPDATE: On 3/5/15 Larry Duke was granted an immediate release from prison, after serving 26 years for a non-violent cannabis-only offense. Larry believes that his successful sentence reduction process could set a new precedent for releasing others incarcerated for similar offenses. Click here for more information.  The world is changing, and cannabis activists are celebrating […]

Save Law Enforcement & Just End the Drug War Already

Save Law Enforcement & Just End the Drug War Already

In earlier columns, I have written about unconstitutional body cavity searches. The previous incidents occurred in Texas, but as in all trends, both good and bad, we are now seeing occurrences in other states as well. No longer is it just women that are being victimized, but men as well. Since last July because of lawsuits […]

Off To a Good Start: New Music in 2014

Off To a Good Start: New Music in 2014

Even though February isn’t even halfway over yet, the year 2014 has already been packed with new album releases that appeal to diverse music lovers and crowds. Beginning with albums released in January, here are a few cool picks: Pixies, EP2 (Jan. 3) Genre: Alternative/Indie Rock The second in a series of EPs released by […]

Addicts are People Too: Choosing Compassion over Judgement

Addicts are People Too: Choosing Compassion over Judgement

Addicts are people, too. This is sadly something that many people in the cannabis community seem to be forgetting, throwing around the  words “druggie,” “meth-head,” and “junkie” as though a single factor (whether or not a person has used certain drugs) determines any human’s worth. Let me make something perfectly clear: being addicted to a […]

Flu Fighting Finds from Etsy

Flu Fighting Finds from Etsy

Photo (above): Breath Easy Organic Herbal Bath from Sunnyside Skincare Flu season is here, and we at Ladybud are sniffling, sneezing, and sleepwalking our way through February. Here’s a list of 10 handcrafted comfort items from the artisans of Etsy to help get you through the flu a little easier. Feel better soon! Herbal Vapor […]

The War on Weed is a War on the Elderly

The War on Weed is a War on the Elderly

IMAGE: Dr. Deborah Malka Dr. Fred is one of those warm, gifted doctors that you’re lucky to find in times of illness. Pragmatic and compassionate, he helped many families to feel more at ease before the surgery of a loved one. As an anesthesiologist, he traveled across India performing free operations on children and even […]

Ending the Drug War: Cannabis Reform Advocates in US Congress

Ending the Drug War: Cannabis Reform Advocates in US Congress

If you haven’t seen the video coverage of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) grilling the drug czar’s chief deputy Michael Botticelli at Tuesday’s House Oversight Committee Hearing on marijuana policy, you should. The lines of questioning are similar to Rep. Cohen’s questioning last year of DEA Director […]

Reality Check: When Cops Lie, Patients Lose

Reality Check: When Cops Lie, Patients Lose

Photo: Tristan Schmurr How Colorado’s North Metro Drug Task Force killed medical marijuana in Arkansas Back in October of 2012, when Arkansas was getting ready to vote on medical marijuana, KARK sent reporter Marci Manly to Denver to get the real scoop on medical marijuana in Colorado. While she was here she interviewed various individuals, including […]

REVIEW: Trader Joe’s Thai Vegetable Kao Soi

REVIEW: Trader Joe’s Thai Vegetable Kao Soi

PHOTO: Vegan in Vegas In our ongoing quest for delicious pre-made vegan meals, we’ve found another winner: Trader Joe’s Thai Vegetable Kao Soi. A perfect balance of broth, veggies, and noodles, this comfort-foodie soup is a slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and totally yummy concoction that’s the perfect choice for warming up a cold winter day. […]

The Federal Government Killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Federal Government Killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

Over the weekend, the internet found something more important than the impending Superbowl to talk about: the Oscar-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, was found dead in a New York hotel room. According to the police source that alerted the media to the death, Hoffman was reportedly found near baggies of what they believe to be […]