Monthly Archives: March 2014

Legalization is the Only Route to “Compassionate Care”

Legalization is the Only Route to “Compassionate Care”

Limiting cannabis legalization to just medical use is a really bad idea. Not only does it hurt countless “unqualified” patients who can’t otherwise gain any quality of life, it violates our basic human rights by denying us access to this safe, nutritional, healing, versatile textile plant. Maybe it’s because I am not just a patient […]

Prisoner Re-entry: Ex-Convicts Need More Than Clemency

Prisoner Re-entry: Ex-Convicts Need More Than Clemency

There has been a lot of talk recently about prison crowding and clemency. We are past the point of debating if our country has a prison problem. The facts that we imprison one in 100 of our citizens, and that the “land of the free” is home to 5% of the world population and 25% of its prison […]

Paula Joana: On Gratitude, Losing a Child, and Making a Difference

Paula Joana: On Gratitude, Losing a Child, and Making a Difference

IMAGE: Paula and Phil Joana with daughter Sabina and son Rocco. All images courtesy of Paula Joana. Editor’s Note: Paula Joana is the mother of Sabina Rose, who died in New Jersey in December, 2013, awaiting access to medical cannabis. Weed on My Mind by Paula Joana I want to take a moment to thank […]

Are Pot Smokers Really Lazy? The Motivation Behind Amotivational Syndrome

Are Pot Smokers Really Lazy? The Motivation Behind Amotivational Syndrome

IMAGE: Still of Brad Pitt in True Romance (1993) Talk of cannabis turning delighted taxpayers into lazy slugs abounds again. I usually hear it on the radio after arising early to write, hitting the exercise bike, teaching two classes, enduring a faculty meeting, arranging for one daughter to get to gymnastics and the other to […]

Cannabis Makes My Son Feel ‘Normal’: Cooper’s Bowling Trip

Cannabis Makes My Son Feel ‘Normal’: Cooper’s Bowling Trip

Every Friday in March, all the special needs kids in our local school district go bowling. It’s a special event for the kids, and they all really look forward to it. But my son has never been able to participate until today. Cooper is 16, and his life has been difficult. When he was 5 […]

CBD-Only Bills: A Whole Plant Cannabis Advocate Testifies in Wisconsin

CBD-Only Bills: A Whole Plant Cannabis Advocate Testifies in Wisconsin

Preface: While Wisconsin’s Jacki Rickert Medical Cannabis Act (JRMCA) – a comprehensive bill legalizing the medicinal use of cannabis for a broad range of conditions from chronic pain to cancer – was blocked in committee by pediatric nurse and Senator Leah Vukmir (R), the state’s AB 726  – a bill to redefine and legalize cannabidiol as […]

The Sacramento Bee Gets it Wrong on Marijuana

The Sacramento Bee Gets it Wrong on Marijuana

The Sacramento Bee recently ran an editorial entitled “California needs to solve medical marijuana mess first.” Apparently, the newspaper’s editorial board believes that California should just observe Colorado and Washington for a bit, “before making pot any more available” through legalization.  In the meantime, the piece goes on to say, we need to clean up […]

RECIPE: Cannabis Infused Groovy Green Granola

RECIPE: Cannabis Infused Groovy Green Granola

IMAGE: Vintage Granola Advertisement, 1893 Granola is a healthy, flavorful snack which is easy to make medicated with Cannabutter. This particular recipe is also great for diabetics or people with other dietary restrictions, as it contains a low level of brown sugar and no white sugars. Learning to cook “Cannabutter” is essential to the basics […]

My Daughter Needs Cannabis: One Family’s Story

My Daughter Needs Cannabis: One Family’s Story

By James Damian Stewart The photo above is me with my beautiful 23 year-old daughter, Kelly. She has suffered every day of her entire life, struggling under the pain of severe epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, mental and physical retardation, etc, etc, etc. She now functions at the level of a 6-month-old baby.  In 1997, Kelly was 6 years […]

Catching Up With Technology: A Dinosaur Learns the Ropes

Catching Up With Technology: A Dinosaur Learns the Ropes

I am dreading it. It’s going to be confusing, frustrating, overwhelming. I don’t have time. I’m probably going to screw it up. I’m not looking forward to it, but I have to do it. My name is Vanessa and I am a Twitter virgin. Yeah, yeah, it’s kind of silly, right? I have a college […]