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From Georgia to Colorado: My Medical Cannabis Journey

From Georgia to Colorado: My Medical Cannabis Journey

The first time I realized that cannabis is my medicine, I was on vacation in California. It was supposed to be the vacation of a lifetime: starting in LA, driving up the Pacific Coast Highway, and staying in San Francisco for almost two weeks. Then my worst nightmare happened: I ran out of cannabis, ironically […]

Psymposia’s Amherst 2015 Conference: Envisioning a Post Prohibition World

Psymposia’s Amherst 2015 Conference: Envisioning a Post Prohibition World

Psymposia presents: “Envisioning a Post Prohibition World” Conference April 17-19, 2015 Amherst, MA This conference will also be availble online: psymposia.com   Imagine the world without a drug war. What are the challenges? What’s possible? Find out on the weekend of April 17-19 when Psymposia hosts a new kind of drug conference in the brand new […]

Cannabis Reform In Texas: An Educational Disconnect?

Cannabis Reform In Texas: An Educational Disconnect?

Is there a disconnection between the education and knowledge of cannabis-related issues by politicians, versus that of their constituents? After speaking with many individuals, both representatives and constituents, I found that not only is there a lack of basic knowledge, but the educational gap that exists between the two is a black hole, where most […]

No More Drug War: Mother Crystal Munoz doing 19 years for DEA Set Up

No More Drug War: Mother Crystal Munoz doing 19 years for DEA Set Up

Marijuana users are frequently given the advice to never chat or “cooperate” with law enforcement, and there’s no better example of why not than Crystal Munoz, currently in her 7th year of incarceration on a 19 year, 10 month sentence. Her nightmare began when DEA agents visited Munoz’s home. They assured the young mother of […]

DEA: Bad Boys Sexing Up Colombian Prostitutes Supplied by Drug Cartels

DEA: Bad Boys Sexing Up Colombian Prostitutes Supplied by Drug Cartels

As a career police officer and an Executive Board Member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of law enforcement professionals opposed to the War on Drugs, I have long believed that one of the most corrupting influences in policing is the enforcement of our drug laws. A lead story on Politico recently shouted […]

Legalize for Lorelei: On the Frontlines of PA’s Medical Marijuana Push

Legalize for Lorelei: On the Frontlines of PA’s Medical Marijuana Push

Lorelei Ulrich isn’t like a lot of the children featured in the marijuana movement, because she’s never actually tried cannabis oil. She’s only seven and has already become one of the most public faces for medical cannabis oil in Pennsylvania. In addition to intractable epilepsy, she has autism and sensory processing issues. Sadly, her condition […]

#StoptheSeizures and a Grandmother’s Grief at Losing Her Grandchild to Cannabis Prohibition

#StoptheSeizures and a Grandmother’s Grief at Losing Her Grandchild to Cannabis Prohibition

Sometimes, when running errands, taking a walk or just enjoying a rare quiet moment, I find myself overwhelmed with a sense of loss and grief.  My beautiful and most precious three year old granddaughter, Chloe earned her wings this past December 10th. Chloe was such a gift to our family, but after suffering a critical seizure that left her in a coma […]

Let’s Talk About Real Compassion for Addicts, Please

Let’s Talk About Real Compassion for Addicts, Please

For too long in our country, the rhetoric in the War on Drugs has focused on representing drug users as the “other,” as the bad guys in this culture war. Those who preach compassion and rehabilitation and harm reduction instead of criminalization are often dismissed as “bleeding heart liberals” willing to give anyone a free […]

Will Child Protective Services Evolve with Changing Medical Marijuana Laws?

Will Child Protective Services Evolve with Changing Medical Marijuana Laws?

With the world of medical and recreational cannabis rapidly evolving, undoubtedly some of these patients and users are going to be parents. And while we can all agree that we should not make marijuana available to children except in medically necessary situations, we must ask ourselves “Is Child Protective Services going to grow and change […]