About Diane Fornbacher

Recipient of the NORML Pauline Sabin Award (2012) for contributing 20 years of activism to many grassroots & national drug policy reform organizations including Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), Common Sense for Drug Policy (CSDP), Tri-State Drug Policy Forum of DE, NJ, PA; PhillyNORML. In January 1999, Diane was the HIGH TIMES Magazine Freedom Fighter of the Month. In addition to being a former national Member of the Board of NORML, Diane was also Founding Member of the NORML Women's Alliance Foundation (NWAF), former member of the Board at the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey (CMMNJ), and current Advisory Board Member at Parents 4 Pot. Diane served as the former Editor and Managing Editor of SKUNK Magazine, an international cannabis magazine based in Montreal, Quebec. Fornbacher's writing has appeared in Good Morning America Parents, been quoted in the New York Times and appeared on NYT Video News. She and her family were featured on Fusion Network with Jorge Ramos and Ryan Nerz. She has been extensively quoted by such publications as USA Today, FOX, San Francisco Gate, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Weekly, Oregon Post, CNBC, The Denver Post, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Durango Herald, Washington Post, Yahoo! News, CBS, AOL Real Estate, The Associated Press, Al Jazeera and Huffington Post. She has had the honor of being the keynote speaker and panelist at many reform conferences. She is the publisher of Ladybud Magazine but most importantly, Diane is a mother to two young sons and wants them to live in a more compassionate and sensible world.

Posts by Diane Fornbacher:

Lady Business: Sharon Ravert of Peachtree NORML

Lady Business: Sharon Ravert of Peachtree NORML

Dahlonega, GA 2005: An eight member SWAT team comprised of a drug task force spent 4 hours in the early morning raiding Sharon Ravert’s family home, holding her family at gunpoint, arresting and cavity searching her 19-year-old daughter at the local sheriff’s office, then jailed her daughter for 2 days, and found only a bud […]

Lady Business: Heidi Keyes of Puff Pass and Paint

Lady Business: Heidi Keyes of Puff Pass and Paint

Heidi Keyes of Puff Pass and Paint is an ebullient, welcoming and talented artist in her own right. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Carthage College in Wisconsin and since 2014, has been on everything from international media to Colorado Public Radio. When out at cannabis movement or industry events, it’s easy to spot […]

Self Care is a Community Service

Self Care is a Community Service

As activists, it is sometimes hard to shut off the heart and the mind, as the world is in perpetual motion and chaos. Social media is rife with cynicism, excruciating news and clap backs. Our President-elect is the embodiment of every bully, elitist, predator, and well, a lot more. As such, the compulsion to DO […]

Lady Business: Activist and Industry Collaborator Dawn Blackman

Lady Business: Activist and Industry Collaborator Dawn Blackman

There are hundreds of cannabis events focusing on medical and recreational cannabis in Denver, Colorado every week. And at these many events, one might notice an ever-present individual helping to register guests, dignitaries, tourists, speakers and patients. That person would be Dawn Blackman, who is currently the Community Empowerment Director for Women’s Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, […]

Around the World in Nine Months with Ladybud Web Show Co-Host and Activist Crystal Guess

Around the World in Nine Months with Ladybud Web Show Co-Host and Activist Crystal Guess

Crystal Guess helped launch Women’s Marijuana Movement back in 2010 at the Colorado State Capitol building. Before that, she was the Managing Director for the Professional Bartending School based out of Arlington, Virginia. It is one of the largest, most prestigious bartending schools in the country.  She lived and worked in the alcohol world for years without […]

IDAHO: Children Removed From Mother When She Treats Daughter with Cannabis for Pharmaceutical Related Seizure

IDAHO: Children Removed From Mother When She Treats Daughter with Cannabis for Pharmaceutical Related Seizure

Kelsey Osborne’s daughter, Madyson, was being treated for a non-seizure related disorder with the pharmaceutical drug Risperdal (Risperidone) and was taken off of the drug without her mother’s knowledge or consent in early October. Afterward, her daughter began to display seizure-like symptoms, was vomiting, acting in an uncharacteristic manner and was begging for relief. Kelsey prepared a […]

Shaming Addicts Does Not Help Them

Shaming Addicts Does Not Help Them

Recently, there was a huge social media trending storm about two adults who had nodded out after using drugs in the front of their car while a child sat in the back strapped to their seat. Instead of trying to help them get medical treatment and assist the child by removing him from a traumatic situation, an officer […]

Colorado Recreational Cannabis Cultivation License for Sale with Lease Assignment via Avalon Realty Advisors

Colorado Recreational Cannabis Cultivation License for Sale with Lease Assignment via Avalon Realty Advisors

Avalon Realty Advisors is exclusively marketing for sale a pending recreational marijuana cultivation license and lease assignment on an 8,000 square foot industrial property in Aurora, Colorado. The space is currently in core/shell condition with approved construction plans and hard contractor bids. Current construction bid to build-out the facility, not including lights is $310,000. The lease […]

Massachusetts Cannabis Prohibitionist Tactics Steeped in Deception, Dirty Dealing, Duplicity

Massachusetts Cannabis Prohibitionist Tactics Steeped in Deception, Dirty Dealing, Duplicity

Prohibition counts on ignorance and making strange bedfellows to perpetuate the human disaster of keeping cannabis from citizens. This past week, we read a great investigative piece by Massachusetts cannabis activist and journalist Mike Crawford who works with the Boston Institute for Non-Profit Journalism about the shady behind-the-scenes dealings of various state politicians on the take […]