The War Isn’t Over

Rethinking the Old “First Trimester Rules”

Rethinking the Old “First Trimester Rules”

PHOTO CREDIT: Toni Agosta ~ Shutterboxx Photography of Diane Fornbacher  DISCLAIMER: Though we encourage all women to think for themselves when it comes to their own bodies and child-rearing, please know that if you choose to consume cannabis during pregnancy and test positive for it, the law may get involved through your healthcare provider if […]

Fighting Against My Own Nature As an Introvert to Make Change

Fighting Against My Own Nature As an Introvert to Make Change

Make no mistake about it, I am an introvert. I like to read, write and watch old television shows by myself. My husband often complains that I hole up in my room, ignoring the whole family. This may be true. This is because I am an introvert and I crave solitude. However, when I watched […]

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, […]

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 […]