Medical

New Jersey Patients Demand Chris Christie Implement Voter Approved Medical Marijuana Law

New Jersey Patients Demand Chris Christie Implement Voter Approved Medical Marijuana Law

On June 7, 2013, the Coalition for Medical Marijuana in New Jersey (CMMNJ) held a press conference at the New Jersey State House in Trenton, NJ demanding Governor Chris Christie stop playing politics with the voter-approved medical marijuana law in the state. The press conference, spearheaded by political strategist Jay Lassiter, highlighted the hardships specifically created by Christie’s […]

Danielle McBride: “I Chose Cannabis To Save My Child”

Danielle McBride: “I Chose Cannabis To Save My Child”

by Brandon Krenzler A faraway place and an unimaginable path– this is what cancer is to a young parent. It is always an unexpected diagnosis regardless of family history or past exposures. Words do not matter anymore; nothing does, not after you hear that terrible word come from a pediatrician’s mouth, “cancer.”  All you hear […]

Don’t Let Dispensaries Profit? How Would Pfizer Take That?

Don’t Let Dispensaries Profit? How Would Pfizer Take That?

A week ago, the California State Senate approved S.B. 439, effectively attempting to make it illegal for dispensaries to make a profit on the sale of marijuana to patients. In the guidelines set in 2008 by then Attorney General Jerry Brown, the profit margins are laid out thusly: Cooperative corporations are “democratically controlled and are not organized […]

Lindsey Beck: Living Dead Girl

Lindsey Beck: Living Dead Girl

It is in our weakest moment that we discover how strong we really are. Being abandoned and left for dead by the pharmaceutical poisoners and closed-minded medical community leaves one weak physically, mentally and spiritually. I met one such walking dead girl who had already brought herself back to life through strength of conviction, a […]

Seniors and Cannabis Stigma: No More “Reefer Madness”

Seniors and Cannabis Stigma: No More “Reefer Madness”

PHOTO: “Brownie Mary” Rathbun Ladybud readers agree that cannabis prohibition causes societal harms, and we can be counted at ballot boxes across the nation. But, our votes do not add up to a clear win for legalization. Instead, it is the 10% of people who “swing vote” on this issue that control the fate of […]

The Economics of Extortion: Could Cannabis Replace the Leukemia Drug Gleevac?

The Economics of Extortion: Could Cannabis Replace the Leukemia Drug Gleevac?

What is the moral difference between threatening a person’s life to extort a million dollars and charging a person a million dollars for a lifesaving drug? If the answer appears obvious to you, slow down. While a desperate patient taking out a second mortgage on their home to save their life may feel the victim […]

Could They Be Saved?

Could They Be Saved?

I must confess to a sense of profound discomfort. The feeling began as soon as I heard of Angelina Jolie’s decision to have both her breasts removed as a preventive mastectomy, and has increased up until this very moment. I knew I had to write about this urgent public health issue, but every possible commentary […]

Jonesin’ For Weed: Can People Really Crave Marijuana?

Jonesin’ For Weed: Can People Really Crave Marijuana?

The field of psychology is abuzz this month because our manual for diagnosing clinical disorders is being re-released and will be chock-full of modifications (DSM-5). The proposed changes are particularly relevant to my own work because the newest edition is reorganizing how we diagnose cannabis related disorders. The most notable change is the addition of […]

Marijuana Put My Crohn’s Disease Into Remission and It’s Not A Joke

Marijuana Put My Crohn’s Disease Into Remission and It’s Not A Joke

PHOTO: by Alx Bacca, me at 18.  I usually do not want to talk about having Crohn’s Disease. It is just a reality I have lived with for nine years, but never exactly dinner table discussion or an amusing anecdote shared with friends over drinks. It has been not just a major inconvenience in my life; […]

Can You Call Yourself ‘Drug Free’ If You Use Prescribed Pharmaceuticals?

Can You Call Yourself ‘Drug Free’ If You Use Prescribed Pharmaceuticals?

Blessings to you Mary Jane Doe, I’m a vegan Earth mother with a cornucopia of organic foods and natural remedies filling my kitchen and home. I’ve been taking the sacrament of high CBD Cannabis for my pain for years and it has been working great. (I used to be a long-distance runner until my knees […]