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About Maggie Volpo

Maggie Volpo is a writer and activist living outside of a very conservative urban area. She has worked in traditional publishing, journalism, as a blogger, and in the medical field as a translator. When she isn't fighting the tyranny of cannabis prohibition or working on the Stinky Steve books about cannabis she can often be found searching for mushrooms or tending to her mixed flock of birds. She also loves to cook, bake, garden, knit, sew and climb trees, the last of which is a joy shared by her beautiful autistic son.

Posts by Maggie Volpo:

Grand Jury Fails to Bring Charges in Flash Bomb Incident; Cops Not Responsible

Grand Jury Fails to Bring Charges in Flash Bomb Incident; Cops Not Responsible

In a predictable but outrageous turn of events, the Georgia Grand Jury reviewing the botched raid earlier this year that left Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh’s face and torso severely damaged and burned decided that the police were not responsible for his injuries. For those not familiar with the case, the Habersham County SWAT team burst […]

Book Review: Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

Book Review: Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

Trigger Warning: This review contains discussion of incest, sexual abuse, rape, forced abortion, gang rape, rape of male rapists and the psychological/emotional fallout of these events. Spoiler Alert: Some details will be given that “spoil” the earlier chapters of the book. Tender Morsels is an imaginative, beautiful fantasy novel that tells the story of a […]

Another Surgery for Baby Bou-Bou, State Not Paying

Another Surgery for Baby Bou-Bou, State Not Paying

Last week, Baby Bou Bou had to have yet another surgery as a result of his traumatic injuries in a botched, poorly researched raid on the home where he was staying on May 28th, 2014. For those who need a refresher, Bou Bou, whose legal name is Bounkham Phonesavanh, was sleeping in a crib in […]

County Refuses to Pay Medical Bills for Baby Burned by Flash Bomb

County Refuses to Pay Medical Bills for Baby Burned by Flash Bomb

Trigger Warning: This article discusses horrific child injury and SWAT-style paramilitary raids. Habersham County officials have made a public statement that the Georgia county will not be paying for the medical bills of a young child critically injured during a poorly-planned, poorly-executed, unnecessary SWAT raid of a residential home. That’s right; little Bounkham Phonesavah, known […]

Compassion for Children: Refugees Need Help, not Hate

Compassion for Children: Refugees Need Help, not Hate

Are you a parent? If not, do have children (or perhaps companion animals) that you feel lovingly protective toward? Imagine that love and that connection, and then try to imagine how terrible your situation would have to be to send that person you loved far, far away without you. How desperate would you have to […]

RIP Olivia Marie Newton: 3 Year Old Prohibition Casualty

RIP Olivia Marie Newton: 3 Year Old Prohibition Casualty

The parents of a little girl in New York who were helping to fight for legal medical cannabis in the state are in mouring. The brave little girl named Olivia Marie Newton passed away due to her severe epilepsy on July 10th, 2014, shortly before 7 am. The family is devastated, rightly so, though there […]

White House Says Cannabis is a State Issue, DC Decriminalizes

White House Says Cannabis is a State Issue, DC Decriminalizes

Ladybud has been following the political situation in Washington DC surrounding their recent decriminalization law and attempts to legalize. Many residents and politicians from the District of Columbia have been crying foul as a state representative from outside the District has moved to block the implementation of their decriminalization law. All residents have been encouraged […]

Complex PTSD: What Exactly is It?

Complex PTSD: What Exactly is It?

The struggle with mental or emotional illness is largely an unseen one. Most people who battle internal demons appear, to others, to be perfectly physically healthy. It can be difficult for some people to understand that someone who seems healthy most of the time can be completely unwell and unable to control their emotional responses […]

Knit, Purl, Puff: The Joys of Stoned Knitting

Knit, Purl, Puff: The Joys of Stoned Knitting

Everyone knows the stereotype of the lazy stoner, sitting on the couch, eating Doritos and watching television. What these people fail to realize is that there is nothing like enjoying a little cannabis and sitting down to do something productive. It’s a uniquely pleasureable experience, one that far too many people have thus far been […]

Australian Toddler’s Seizure Medication Seized, Parents Questioned

Australian Toddler’s Seizure Medication Seized, Parents Questioned

Last week near Melbourne, Australia, Cassie Batten and Rhett Wallace were arrested for cannabis. Not because they were using it themselves, but because they have been giving a non-psychoactive cannabis tincture to their three-year-old son. Cooper had been born early, and then he got sick when he was four weeks old. It turned out that […]