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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 […]

Meet MAPS, the Organization Funding and Conducting Psychedelic Research

Meet MAPS, the Organization Funding and Conducting Psychedelic Research

Now that we have taken the time to highlight most of the banned substances with established and acknowledged mental health benefits, we’d like to spend the next few weeks discussing research and organizations that work with psychedelics. This week, we will start out by highlighting MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. MAPS is well-known […]

Federal Medical Cannabis Patient, Barbara Douglass, Passes Away at 62

Federal Medical Cannabis Patient, Barbara Douglass, Passes Away at 62

The federal government has spent decades trying to keep cannabis out of the hands of its citizens. The federal government has spent decades trying to keep cannabis out of the hands of it citizens. However, that hasn’t stopped them from securing a patent on the plants or conducting studies. In fact, the federal government actually […]

Dan Bigg, Harm Reduction Hero, Dies at 59

Dan Bigg, Harm Reduction Hero, Dies at 59

Far too many people are ready and willing to ignore the struggles of people with addiction issues. Our culture has spent decades educating people to think of those who struggle in this way as criminals or less worthy. That has led to a major gap between the care and services available to addicts and those […]

Mark Your Calendar for the Hemp Biz Conference

Mark Your Calendar for the Hemp Biz Conference

EDIT: Article updated on 9-5-18 to reflect new dates.   If you’re interested in breaking into the hemp industry or you’ve already developed your niche, schedule a trip to Denver, Colorado this May. You’ll have a chance to learn all about legislation and business possibilities related to industrial hemp. There will be more than 1,500 […]

Arrest of 80-Year-Old Grandma for Expired Card Highlights Issues With Medical Cannabis Laws

Arrest of 80-Year-Old Grandma for Expired Card Highlights Issues With Medical Cannabis Laws

The whole point of medical cannabis programs is to help those with a medical need connect with cannabis legally. Unfortunately, these programs usually have strict conditions for legal possession, cultivation, and use, leaving many people at risk for criminal charges. When state law enforcement choose to go by the letter of the law, rather than […]

What About the Kids? Non-Profit Launches Program For Students with Drug Convictions

What About the Kids? Non-Profit Launches Program For Students with Drug Convictions

When President Johnson signed the Higher¬†Education Act in 1965, he said, “By passing this we bridge the gap between helplessness and hope for educationally deprived children.” The act was intended to give underprivileged¬†children access to education by giving federal money to universities and creating programs like Head Start. Just 30 years later, in 1998, a […]

Suicide Rates are on the Rise, and Cannabis Could Help Reduce Them

Suicide Rates are on the Rise, and Cannabis Could Help Reduce Them

Content Note: This article discusses suicide and suicidal ideation.   Suicide rates are climbing to a point where officials have begun talking about this as a public health issue, not a mental health issue. In 2016, the most recent year with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 45,000 suicides. That’s […]

Oklahoma Becomes 31st State To Pass a Medical Cannabis Law

Oklahoma Becomes 31st State To Pass a Medical Cannabis Law

On Tuesday, June 26th, 2018, registered voters in Oklahoma got to weigh in on a number of important decisions. One of them, State Question 788, would create a new section of law, Section 420 of Title 63, legalizing cannabis for medical reasons. This vote was a historical moment, the end result of years of activism […]

Congrats to Canada for Passing Cannabis Legalization!

Congrats to Canada for Passing Cannabis Legalization!

On Tuesday, June 19th, 2018, Canadian Senators made global history by passing a law that made Canada the first G7 nation to legalize the adult recreational use of cannabis. After Representatives passed C-45, also called the Cannabis Act, the Senate also needed to approve the new law. Some activists worried that changes to the Act […]