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Nationwide Coalition Calls on Department of Justice to Denounce Enhanced Sentence for Pregnant Woman

Nationwide Coalition Calls on Department of Justice to Denounce Enhanced Sentence for Pregnant Woman

Today, a coalition of 48 reproductive justice, drug policy reform, women’s rights, and civil liberties organizations sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to renounce enhanced criminal penalties for women on the basis of pregnancy. The letter was co-signed by organizations in 17 states and the District […]

Social Media, Closed-mindedness, and Uneducated America: Steps on the Path to Marijuana Reform

Social Media, Closed-mindedness, and Uneducated America: Steps on the Path to Marijuana Reform

IMAGE: Movie still from Reefer Madness, 1936. I recently came under fire and was told to go screw myself (that’s putting it lightly) on Facebook because I advocate and share facts and scientific studies about medical marijuana. The incident was profoundly hurtful, because I have known the person I was arguing with – and respected him – […]

Cannabis Prohibition — American Criminal Justice’s Feeder

Cannabis Prohibition — American Criminal Justice’s Feeder

PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher/Ladybud Magazine There is no greater symptom of America’s failed war on some drugs than the continued prohibition of cannabis. With approximately 1:7 Americans illegally using the sacred herb (1:4 young people between the age of 15-25), no other greater impetus for law enforcement to invade citizens’ private spaces than in pursuit of […]

This Independence Day, America Must Remember Its Social Contract

This Independence Day, America Must Remember Its Social Contract

As my family and I celebrate the Fourth of July each year, I look at the rich and varied experiences of my life. It was not easy growing up; the American dream eluded my father and mother. Divorce, economic issues and separation made our lives difficult, but our problems were not insurmountable. Like many other […]

The Power of Women to Create Social Change

The Power of Women to Create Social Change

Although women have served in leadership roles throughout our past, I believe our capabilities are still untapped, not just in drug policy reform, but in many other fields as well. The biggest roadblocks to women in leadership are not just placed on us by society, but by ourselves through our acceptance of the roles dealt […]

A Man Died in Prison After Serving 26 Years for Cannabis

A Man Died in Prison After Serving 26 Years for Cannabis

It seems unfair and tragic that people still sit in jail for cannabis crimes when the plant has been legalized in so many places that millions of adults across North America can legally and safely use cannabis for either recreational or medical purposes. Unfortunately, social justice attached to cannabis legalization has been much slower to […]

Illinois Legalization May Lead to Hundreds of Thousands of Expungements

Illinois Legalization May Lead to Hundreds of Thousands of Expungements

People involved with cannabis have long stated that the most dangerous thing you can do with cannabis is get caught with it. Millions of Americans have learned that difficult lesson over the last few decades courtesy of the War on Drugs. After all, cannabis isn’t physically addictive, although some people may struggle with psychological or […]

Why Just Legalizing Cannabis Isn’t Enough

Why Just Legalizing Cannabis Isn’t Enough

For most people who work as cannabis activists, the big push for cannabis legalization isn’t just on getting a bill passed that ends incarceration. It’s also on changing the way the state handles those with previous cannabis legal issues, especially in communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs. With public opinion so strongly […]

Legalization Stalls in New Jersey; Lawmakers Eye Medical Expansion

Legalization Stalls in New Jersey; Lawmakers Eye Medical Expansion

After months of seemingly uncontested momentum, cannabis legalization has started to slow on the East Coast. At the beginning of 2019, politicians and activists alike were enthusiastic about the prospects of adult recreational cannabis legalization in both New York and New Jersey. Everyone was most focused on which one would pass their legalization bill first. […]

Longest-Serving Cannabis Prisoner Finally Out of Jail

Longest-Serving Cannabis Prisoner Finally Out of Jail

One of the reasons that legal reforms regarding cannabis took so long to enact was that people really didn’t understand the injustice of prohibition before the internet made information more accessible. A lot of people assumed that those who used or sold cannabis would face smaller penalties than those accused of using or selling harder […]