Monthly Archives: January 2015

Illinois’ Failure to Implement Medical Marijuana Law Leaves Patients in Limbo

Illinois’ Failure to Implement Medical Marijuana Law Leaves Patients in Limbo

The previous Governor of Illinois, Pat Quinn, washed his hands of making licensing decisions for the state’s fledgling medical marijuana program before he left office. It was a task he decided to leave to the man elected to take over his position, Bruce Rauner, despite having signed the The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot […]

Dr. Martin Luther King: ‘I Have a Dream’

Dr. Martin Luther King: ‘I Have a Dream’

August 28, 1963: Dr. King delivers one of the most passionate and resonating speeches for equal rights of all time. ‘I Have a Dream’ was delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. An estimated 250,000 people listened at the culmination of the March on Washington, an event that implored an end […]

Cannabis Kids: Tiny Icons for the End of Prohibition

Cannabis Kids: Tiny Icons for the End of Prohibition

There are numerous reasons why the prohibition of cannabis is a colossal catastrophe:  thousands killed fighting over black market profits, millions arrested, decimating our minority communities, and billions in agribusiness lost because our farmers can’t grow hemp.  Sadly, these tragic circumstances seem to fall on deaf ears as far as the public and our policy […]

Justice for Corey Kanosh: Unarmed Native American Shot by Police

Justice for Corey Kanosh: Unarmed Native American Shot by Police

Corey Kanosh certainly made some very questionable decisions on the last day of his life, but none of them warranted his life being cut short by law enforcement. He had been drinking with his sister’s boyfriend, and the two of them decided to take Kanosh’s mother’s car for a drive. When police began following them, […]

The Underground, Part 4: A Review of Scholarly Literature About Women and Weed

The Underground, Part 4: A Review of Scholarly Literature About Women and Weed

Editor’s note: This article is a continuation of Brandie Wilson’s series, The Underground. It is a sociological analysis of the role of women in the underground cannabis economy of Humboldt County and Northern California. The first article in the series can be viewed here,   the second installment can be viewed here and the third part […]

Decades-Old Rape Kits Being Tested, Assailants Being Prosecuted

Decades-Old Rape Kits Being Tested, Assailants Being Prosecuted

Content Note: This article discusses rape and rape culture. In 2009, a Detroit prosecutor discovered something horrifying: there was a backlog of untested rape kits in a warehouse, some dating all the way back to the 1980s. After records were checked, it turned out that there were more than 11,000 (11,303, to be exact) untested […]

A Few Good Cops: Fort Worth Texas Police Officers Make Ad Supporting Gay Marriage

A Few Good Cops: Fort Worth Texas Police Officers Make Ad Supporting Gay Marriage

Last week, days before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was to hear arguments about the Texas state same-sex marriage ban, a controversial advertisement began airing across the state. The television spot features three different members of the Fort Worth Police Department speaking up about a member of their police department, in support of […]

Review: Adagio Teas ‘Doctor Who’ Tea Blend Sampler

Review: Adagio Teas ‘Doctor Who’ Tea Blend Sampler

The best thing about living in the city was how I could walk or bike from our house to a number of great stores, including a fair trade bulk tea and herb store. I have loved tea since I was a teenager: all kinds of green tea, white tea, jasmine pearls, herbal teas, homemade chais, […]

Washington DC’s New Mayor Backs Marijuana Legalization and Will of Voters

Washington DC’s New Mayor Backs Marijuana Legalization and Will of Voters

As a female mayor, Muriel Bowser is already in a league of her own. She has, in her first week in office, already said on a nationally televised interview that she believes Initiative 71 is self-enacting, meaning that Congress should not be able to block the decision by the voters of Washington DC to legalize […]