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Uruguay Looking for Cannabis Growers for Legal Marijuana Program

Uruguay Looking for Cannabis Growers for Legal Marijuana Program

When the United States government is pathetically failing in attempts to justify its decades old war on cannabis, a country to the south is hard at work on nationalized legalization. In fact, the government in Uruguay is looking to sign up a few good pot growers! Although it now appears that rollout of the legal […]

Pushing Back Against Pushing Back Against Marijuana

Pushing Back Against Pushing Back Against Marijuana

On the first day of the Fourth World Forum Against Drugs in Stockholm this month, Kevin Sabet from Project SAM posted a slide that listed things that “we must push back against” when discussing marijuana legalization. Of the five bullet points, the third one stated “Marijuana Legalization = Social Justice.” What Sabet is asking is for […]

Women and the Tipping Joint

Women and the Tipping Joint

PHOTO: Erik Gustafson Confession: I’d never heard of Ladybud Magazine until a friend suggested they’d run something I’d written. I might have caught an article from here, but never thought about it until I needed something. Fortunately with wit, groveling, and some dumb luck, I demonstrated passionate interest in pot, politics, activism, humor, and (by […]

‘Tis the Season: Brightside PDX Gives Back

‘Tis the Season: Brightside PDX Gives Back

My name is Simone Fischer and I work the front desk at Brightside Community Foundation, a new non-profit medical marijuana dispensary in Portland. I’m twenty-two years old and recently graduated from Portland State University with a bachelors of science in women and gender studies, and a minor in philosophy. I originally started out as a pre-med biology major […]

Foundation Established By Rosenberg Son Supports Activist Families Under Attack

Foundation Established By Rosenberg Son Supports Activist Families Under Attack

PHOTO: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg by Amber Black, Rosenberg Fund for Children In 1950, at the height of the McCarthy-era Red Scare, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were arrested and charged with giving the secret of the Atomic Bomb to the Soviet Union. The young couple, left-wing activists who had grown up in poverty on New York […]

Cops Issued Weapons Of Harm Reduction, Not War, In Quincy, MA

Cops Issued Weapons Of Harm Reduction, Not War, In Quincy, MA

I have had the privilege to present alongside the illustrious Judge Jim Gray many times  in the last several years. When he speaks, he uses the acronym PNWAWA R&C (Prohibition Never Works as Well as Regulation and Control) as a solution to managing America’s national drug policy. In his recent article, Judge Gray captures some of the […]

Texas Abortion Bill Marginalizes Rural, Poor And Women Of Color

Texas Abortion Bill Marginalizes Rural, Poor And Women Of Color

by Anessa Anchondo-Rivera On July 8, I was fortunate to travel from my home in El Paso, to Austin, an eight-hour drive, to witness the Texas State Senate hearings on reproductive health care access in my state. The mood was very intense, the senate floor was full so I sat in a viewing room for most […]

ACLU Study Is Black And White: The War On Marijuana Is Racially Unjust

ACLU Study Is Black And White: The War On Marijuana Is Racially Unjust

PHOTO: The House I Live In, a documentary bu Eugene Jarecki In early June, the ACLU released its comprehensive look at the disparity of arrests between blacks and whites. The report highlighted the failings of prohibition by noting some of the consequences: “The aggressive enforcement of marijuana possession laws needlessly ensnares hundreds of thousands of […]

LADY BUSINESS: Saint Harridan

LADY BUSINESS: Saint Harridan

I first met Mary Going while studying Business at Mills College. Mills is the first women’s college west of the Rocky Mountains. It was founded around the same time California became a state and has garnered a reputation for liberal progressivism; it produces intelligent women in many areas, particularly social justice and civil rights activism. […]

This Mother’s Day, Moms, Cops and Docs Call To End the Drug War

This Mother’s Day, Moms, Cops and Docs Call To End the Drug War

During my time as a criminal justice professional, I was reminded to adopt strategies that helped my agency to be more effective. A term we adopted is a military expression called a “force multiplier” which is “a factor that dramatically increases (hence “multiplies”) the effectiveness of an item or group.” During my journey through activism […]