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War of the Womb

War of the Womb

The Jim Crow fueled Drug War has produced at least one pernicious effect that does not get enough attention in many of our discussions.  Pregnant women, especially low-income women of color, are the object of scrutiny by purported child protection agencies. While a white, upper class woman may not be scrutinized through urine screens during pregnancy, […]

Is Your Weed Covered?

Is Your Weed Covered?

by Valerie Vande Panne Will my health insurance cover medical marijuana? – BLUE CROSS, GREEN SHIELD “For MassHealth the answer is ‘No,’ ” Alec Loftus, communications director at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, tells the Phoenix. “Nothing in the law requires any health-insurance provider, or any government agency or authority, to reimburse any person for […]

Money is the Biggest Obstacle to Marijuana Legalization

Money is the Biggest Obstacle to Marijuana Legalization

Pot Smokers Need to Donate to End Prohibition There is one major obstacle stopping the full implementation of medical cannabis laws and the legalization of cannabis nationwide and it is not the Drug Enforcement Administration– It is money. Budget issues were the key factor in the success of the legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington, rather […]

Her Name Was Rachel Hoffman

Her Name Was Rachel Hoffman

Rachel Hoffman was young. Oh, she was so very young. And like many young people, she smoked some marijuana and occasionally used ecstasy. She might have even dealt both on a small scale. She had just completed her bachelor’s degree early, in psychology and criminology with a B average at  Florida State University, not an easy […]

War on Drugs Policy Reform: Time to Return the Peace to Peace Officer

War on Drugs Policy Reform: Time to Return the Peace to Peace Officer

In 1983, I was hired as a police officer in the community that I grew up in. If you had asked my friends, they would have said law enforcement was an unlikely professional choice for me, but I understood that it would not just challenge me personally, but that I could also make an impact […]