Monthly Archives: April 2014

INTERVIEW: NA Poe, Cannabis Activist for Philadelphia City Council

INTERVIEW: NA Poe, Cannabis Activist for Philadelphia City Council

PHOTO: Rachael Friedmann Richard Tamaccio aka Nikki Allen Poe is a cannabis reform activist and founder of The Panic Hour, a Philadelphia comedy-slash-activism group that led monthly Smokedown Prohibition events at the Liberty Bell with PhillyNORML beginning in late 2012. His arrest at a Smokedown event in May 2013, subsequent incarceration, and continuing probation has […]

Chicks Need Rub Too: It’s Normal to Masturbate

Chicks Need Rub Too: It’s Normal to Masturbate

Last week I came across a link about a trend in Colorado called “The Purity Ball”. I was, as I so often am, distracted and I pre-judged based solely on the words of the title. If the journalists of 2014 need to change anything, it’s to use clearer titles for your articles. If you have […]

REVIEW: Hemp Shield Wood Finish

REVIEW: Hemp Shield Wood Finish

As the many uses of cannabis become more marketable and easier to access, many fans of green living are choosing to utilize products derived from industrial hemp. While searching for a sustainable, eco-friendly stain for the outside of a personal grow cabinet, I chose Hemp Shield wood finish and deck sealer, the first ever commercial […]

BREAKING NEWS – “Drug Endangered Children” Legislation in Colorado

BREAKING NEWS – “Drug Endangered Children” Legislation in Colorado

IMAGE: Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child (The Goodnight Hug) As a frontline police officer I spent a twenty year career responding to calls where I attempted to balance the power and authority I had to protect lives while trying not to inflict any harm. Every police officer has a story of their most horrific moment […]

Cannabis Reform Isn’t the Only Issue: Utah Advocates Un-endorse Jason Christensen, Candidate for House District 64

Cannabis Reform Isn’t the Only Issue: Utah Advocates Un-endorse Jason Christensen, Candidate for House District 64

When a political candidate takes a stand against prohibition, especially in a conservative state like Utah, cannabis activists often offer support and endorsement. However, sometimes a candidate’s position on other important issues can overshadow their support of drug reform. Jason Christensen, candidate for Utah’s House District 64 in Utah County, was officially endorsed earlier this […]

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Among drug policy reform activists, there is a consensus that punitive approaches should not constitute the bulk of our national strategy to reduce the harms associated with addiction and problematic use of drugs. Whether in recognition of its fiscal irresponsibility, its conflict with public health goals, or its disparate impact on brown, black, and poor […]

Poem: On Losing Someone

Poem: On Losing Someone

Photo credit: Diane Fornbacher Oh, joy! Words like this Do not come first To the breaking To the aching heart But! Your loved one Is free Finally free Yet Do not hurry Do not be eager To join up With the freed ones Before being called home Your journey Is not to grieve So deeply […]

What Marijuana Prohibition Is Really Costing Us: An Illustrated Infographic to Share With Family, Friends, and Prohibitionists

What Marijuana Prohibition Is Really Costing Us: An Illustrated Infographic to Share With Family, Friends, and Prohibitionists

Every year, the federal government spends $20 billion on marijuana prohibition — money that is mostly directed at arresting and incarcerating individuals with small personal amounts of marijuana. This means instead of hiring new teachers, creating new libraries or improving national road systems, the United States is allocating its vital resources toward the prevention of […]

Getting to a Groovier State: Coverage for Our Local Cannabusiness

Getting to a Groovier State: Coverage for Our Local Cannabusiness

A couple weeks ago, I was enjoying my Sunday (which for me usually means eating junk food, hitting dabs, and watching TV), and an ad for State Farm Insurance came on—this time featuring Scooby Doo and the whole gang. It seemed odd to me that a modern State Farm ad would use a cartoon that […]

What’s Up with the Multi Level Marketing of Hemp-Derived CBD?

What’s Up with the Multi Level Marketing of Hemp-Derived CBD?

If you’re involved in any way in the Cannabis industry – whether you’re a patient, advocate, or cannabis business person – chances are, you’ve heard about Kannaway, or its “Buzz Launch,” or Real Scientific Hemp Oil (RSHO), or hemp vape, or Hemp Meds Px, or Medical Marijuana Inc., or CannVest, or all of the above. […]