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THE WAR ISN’T OVER: Prohibition Cannot Cure Addiction

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: Prohibition Cannot Cure Addiction

PHOTO: My friend Scott Cohen at prom, 11 year’s before his death. by Tom Donohue Scott Cohen was my best friend in high school. He was the instigator within our small band of misfits, and we had been through many adventures together, from working on our cars, to going on road trips, flying to Daytona […]

Oregon Legislature Introduces Two Pro-Cannabis Bills

Oregon Legislature Introduces Two Pro-Cannabis Bills

PHOTO: Oregon State Legislature Although medical marijuana is legal in the state of Oregon, patients cannot obtain a medical marijuana recommendation unless they have one of a handful of legally qualifying conditions. Oregon’s legislature has introduced Senate Bill 281 to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the qualifying conditions for the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) and House […]

Reflections On 420: What Will My Friends Think Of The Facebook Photos?

Reflections On 420: What Will My Friends Think Of The Facebook Photos?

I had a little freak-out this morning. It’s something that marijuana reform advocates go through from time to time, and no, it’s not weed paranoia. It’s something much deeper, and it’s something I need to talk about. In the aftermath of a great 4/20 festival where I was one of many speakers, my facebook newsfeed […]

Hey TSA! My Nipples Are NOT Weapons of Mass Destruction!

Hey TSA! My Nipples Are NOT Weapons of Mass Destruction!

In 2013 America, the airport should be the last place I would expect to be sexually assaulted. But I was, and it happens every day. What’s worse is the perpetrators almost always go unchecked and unpunished. How do these violations can take place in public? Easy, these heinous acts are being performed by TSA agents, […]

This 4/20, Stand Up For Freedom

This 4/20, Stand Up For Freedom

PHOTO: George Eastman House, circa 1910 Thousands of people across the country are gathering today to celebrate 4/20. Whether we are students or teachers, parents or patients, slackers or professionals, there’s one very important thing we all have in common: We all believe in freedom. And we can all fight for freedom. If you aren’t […]

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: Eddy Lepp- I Am Serving Ten Years in Prison for Growing Medical Marijuana

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: Eddy Lepp- I Am Serving Ten Years in Prison for Growing Medical Marijuana

Editor’s Note: I met Eddy Lepp for the first time while writing about him for SKUNK Magazine in 2010.  I visited Eddy in Federal prison in my hometown of Lompoc, CA. When I showed up at the prison I was directed to the Medium Security Facility and the Federal Prison Camp. I signed both log […]

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: Uncounted Casualties- The Drug War’s Hidden Collateral Damage

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: Uncounted Casualties- The Drug War’s Hidden Collateral Damage

PHOTO: Arohasilouettes, Etsy.com. Good news. A dear friend of mine, who prefers to remain anonymous, just got word from her doctor that she is cancer-free, which is a rather astonishing fact given that 18 months ago she was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer and told her survival odds were less than 10%. Even more […]

Crooked Judges Want Your Kids for Cash

Crooked Judges Want Your Kids for Cash

Edward “Ed” Kenzakoski was a strong guy. He was an all-star wrestler going into his senior year at James M. Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre, PA and was actively scouted since 9th grade. He was expecting to take the state title and hopefully the scholarships would follow. He had a fair amount of friends, and was […]