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Longest-Serving Cannabis Prisoner Finally Out of Jail

Longest-Serving Cannabis Prisoner Finally Out of Jail

One of the reasons that legal reforms regarding cannabis took so long to enact was that people really didn’t understand the injustice of prohibition before the internet made information more accessible. A lot of people assumed that those who used or sold cannabis would face smaller penalties than those accused of using or selling harder […]

New York City May Ban Pre-Employment Cannabis Testing

New York City May Ban Pre-Employment Cannabis Testing

One of the most frustrating things about medical cannabis programs and cannabis legalization is that there is still nothing stopping employers from discriminating against people who have medical or personal reasons to use cannabis. Many employers still perform pre-employment drug testing as a way to eliminate the potential hiring a cannabis user for their staff. […]

First Nations Activist On Trial for Defending Ancestral Land

First Nations Activist On Trial for Defending Ancestral Land

People even vaguely familiar with North American history have to admit that neither the United States nor Canada has upheld its obligations to and agreements with Native American and First Nations peoples. From the earliest treaties on record to the most recent legal agreements between the indigenous people of North America and the colonial governments, […]

Don’t Believe All These Politicians Saying They Support Legalization

Don’t Believe All These Politicians Saying They Support Legalization

There is little question at this point that we have passed the cultural tipping point for cannabis legalization. Polls nationwide indicate a majority of Americans support recreational legalization for adults. In fact, some research shows that support level growing close to a supermajority. While we all know that polls can be misleading and biased, there […]

Washington State Looks at Clearing Cannabis Criminal Records

Washington State Looks at Clearing Cannabis Criminal Records

Activists for cannabis reform have been saying the same thing for years: cannabis reform will not be truly fair and effective unless it includes expungement, record sealing, and other considerations for those previously convicted of nonviolent cannabis offenses. There are many reasons why a proactive stance on those paying the criminal price for cannabis use, […]

Are Increased Cannabis Arrests a Sign That Legalization Doesn’t Work?

Are Increased Cannabis Arrests a Sign That Legalization Doesn’t Work?

One of the many reasons that people who support social justice want to move toward legal cannabis policies is because people of color have disproportionately born the burden of prohibition throughout the War on Drugs. In different states and cities, rates vary, but in general, individuals of Hispanic or African-American backgrounds are several times more […]

National Expungement Week Could Help Those With Minor Convictions Move On

National Expungement Week Could Help Those With Minor Convictions Move On

The Equality First Alliance has a primary focus of addressing the civil injustice that has resulted from the War on Drugs here in the United States. Here at Ladybud, we have previously covered many topics that examine the overlap between social justice and the War on Drugs. For example, people of color, as well as […]

Corona’s Parent Company Invested $4 Million In Cannabis

Corona’s Parent Company Invested $4 Million In Cannabis

Alcohol companies have often involve themselves in lobbying against cannabis legalization. Many of these companies no doubt worry that legal cannabis, medical or recreational, will eat into their profit margins. There is good reason for them to be concerned. After all, as we recently wrote, alcohol sales drop in states where medical cannabis is readily […]

Victory Across the Pond: UK Moves Toward Compassionate Cannabis Policy

Victory Across the Pond: UK Moves Toward Compassionate Cannabis Policy

In an announcement that surprised and encouraged many, the UK’s home office yesterday took a step toward more rational cannabis policy. After several high-profile cases in recent months, the government in the United Kingdom has been under increasing pressure to adjust its outdated policies on cannabis and cannabis medicine. The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has […]

Maine Lawmakers Overturn Governor’s Veto of Medical Marijuana Expansion

Maine Lawmakers Overturn Governor’s Veto of Medical Marijuana Expansion

Lawmakers and political officials are quickly realizing that opposition to medical cannabis and even recreational cannabis is currently a political death sentence. More voters than ever before support both medical and recreational cannabis legalization. Initiatives to change state laws and federal policy are gaining momentum. Most people in this country and abroad now recognize the […]