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About Bailey Hirschburg

Bailey Hirschburg is a food service jockey for income and a social activist for fun. His rantings have run in campus newspapers, blogs, on Huff Post Live, and CNN. A graduate of the University of Missouri- Columbia, Bailey was a volunteer organizer for Washington's "Yes on I-502" campaign, and currently serves as co-director of Thurston County Washington's chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He lives in Washington with his wife.

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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 […]

Generalizations About Broads: Comedy Central’s “Broad City”

Generalizations About Broads: Comedy Central’s “Broad City”

Broad City is the new working-girls sitcom produced by superstar Amy Poehler, is about two twenty-something women living in New York City. Who smoke pot. First, a quick bit about pot and TV… Be thankful for cable, because major networks are pretty square on pot. Broadcast network standards basically require pot smoking to obscure the […]

The Ballad of Biden’s Drug War

The Ballad of Biden’s Drug War

PHOTO: RichieC, Creative Commons I saw Joe Biden once, back in 2008, at a U.S. Senate hearing he chaired on the crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity. With only a few senators present, Biden appeared as thoughtful and engaged as I expect career politicians can be. He didn’t strike me as willing to throw in his lot […]

Women and the Tipping Joint

Women and the Tipping Joint

PHOTO: Erik Gustafson Confession: I’d never heard of Ladybud Magazine until a friend suggested they’d run something I’d written. I might have caught an article from here, but never thought about it until I needed something. Fortunately with wit, groveling, and some dumb luck, I demonstrated passionate interest in pot, politics, activism, humor, and (by […]

Why a Pissed Off DEA Director is a Good Thing

Why a Pissed Off DEA Director is a Good Thing

IMAGE: Mickey Martin Michele M. Leonhart, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) had some nasty words about President Obama’s recent statements on marijuana’s relative health risks and disparities in its enforcement at a recent meeting of the National Sheriff’s Association. While video or transcripts have yet to emerge, some law enforcement veterans expressed surprise […]

Why the [Pot Pun] Super Bowl Matters

Why the [Pot Pun] Super Bowl Matters

PHOTO: Jeramey Jannene, Creative Commons It’s with a heavy heart that I write this. My commenting on sports at all except the obligatory “Go Mizzou” is pretty laughable. I’m no athlete – aside from tailgating, dumb hats, cheerleaders, and local pride I don’t find the concussions, play-by-play commenting, “start-and-stoppiness,” or the needless Gatorade dumping football […]