Monthly Archives: June 2014

Stoners and Stunners: Renaming and Reclaiming

Stoners and Stunners: Renaming and Reclaiming

We’ve got our share of derogatory slang in the cannabis reform movement. Some terms have worse connotations than others. Pothead. Stoner. Burn out. These can make the inevitable, confused slip to “druggie” and “addict”. Folks in our predicament sometimes have a couple of options: reclaim or rename. Suffragettes taught us bout reclaiming pejorative expressions. Journalist […]

Synthetic Marijuana aka “Herbal Incense”: A Legal High That’s Nothing Like Cannabis

Synthetic Marijuana aka “Herbal Incense”: A Legal High That’s Nothing Like Cannabis

People often call it by brand names: K2, Spice, or A-Bomb. It’s generically referred to as herbal incense, or sometimes, sythentic marijuana or synthetic cannabis. While it is true that the demand for these products arises from the demand for a legal alternative to cannabis, these technically illegal smoking blends (and they are illegal under […]

Lady Business: Silverkind Cannabis Jewelry

Lady Business: Silverkind Cannabis Jewelry

I met Vanessa Waltz a little over 3 years ago at a winter press conference for The Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey (CMMNJ). It was well below freezing and the team and I were practically blue after hours in the shadowy entrance of the New Jersey Statehouse. Vanessa walked up wearing nothing more than […]

PLAYLIST: Ani Difranco for a Broken Heart

PLAYLIST: Ani Difranco for a Broken Heart

Ani Difranco’s first song on her first album remains one of her most powerful songs. It was also written about the end of a romantic relationship. The song in question, of course, is “Both Hands.” She’s had several decades of life experience since then and has harnessed her pain and sadness to create some of […]

PLAYLIST: Inspiring Ani Difranco for Changing the World

PLAYLIST: Inspiring Ani Difranco for Changing the World

One of the most amazing things about Ani Difranco is how she uses her music as a call to action for her listeners. She’s not content to sell albums and collect money; she wants to inspire her fans to live their best possible lives. When you’re having trouble finding your reason to fight, or if […]

PLAYLIST: Party Prep/Upbeat Ani Difranco

PLAYLIST: Party Prep/Upbeat Ani Difranco

Although she’s known for sad and angry music, Ani Difranco also has some peppy, upbeat songs that are guaranteed to put a spring in your step. Most of these songs have a full band backing Ani’s vocals and guitar playing, making for some really dance-worthy tunes. Next time you’re getting ready for a party or […]

PLAYLIST: Songs to Sob to by Ani Difranco

PLAYLIST: Songs to Sob to by Ani Difranco

In addition to Ani for a Broken Heart, there’s a wide range of sorrowful tunes by Ani Difranco that don’t explicitly focus on break-ups. She touches on the struggles of being a woman, of being a child of divorce, of being the one to end a relationship, and many other real experiences. If you’re feeling […]

PLAYLIST: The Best of Angry Ani Difranco

PLAYLIST: The Best of Angry Ani Difranco

  Sometimes, you just need to explode. And when you can’t, you need someplace for all that pent-up rage to vent. Ani Difranco has long had a reputation as an “angry girl” singer, in no small part because of her ability to give rational voice to one of the least rational of emotions. The next […]

PLAYLIST: Ani Difranco Gets Political

PLAYLIST: Ani Difranco Gets Political

Ani Difranco has been active in politics since her career began. She has been encouraging her audience to vote for years, and her songs often explore different topics of note in a passionate, graceful manner. From gun control to institutionalized racism to police brutality and oversteps, Ani has a song for that. The next time […]

PLAYLIST: Sexy Songs by Ani Difranco

PLAYLIST: Sexy Songs by Ani Difranco

There’s nothing like the right sexy song to get you in the mood for an evening with that special someone. Ani Difranco has a softer side that goes perfectly with an intimate evening with a loved one, a bottle of wine, and some candles. The next time you’re feeling frisky, put on this romantic mix […]