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Remembering Clayton Holton: New Hampshire Activist

Remembering Clayton Holton: New Hampshire Activist

It has been a full month since passionate activist Clayton Holton lost his battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a crippling, debilitating genetic condition. Clayton’s illness was the inspiration and impetus for his activism, and he fought his entire adult life to help guarantee legal, safe access to medical marijuana patients in this country. Clayton was […]

RIP Bill Buckman: Ladybud Attorney, NJ NORML Board Member & Celebrated Civil Rights Activist

RIP Bill Buckman: Ladybud Attorney, NJ NORML Board Member & Celebrated Civil Rights Activist

PHOTO: Bill Buckman speaking at a Coalition for Medical Marijuana – New Jersey press conference in 2012 with Ladybud Publisher Diane Fornbacher and Managing Editor Vanessa Waltz/Credit: Peter Rosenfeld UPDATE on Bill’s funeral arrangements:  Sunday, October 19th at Platt’s Memorial Chapel, 2001 Haddonfield Berlin road, Cherry Hill, NJ at 1pm. The Ladybud family is mourning […]

Joseph McNamara, Retired San Jose Police Chief Who Fought to End Drug War, Dies at 79

Joseph McNamara, Retired San Jose Police Chief Who Fought to End Drug War, Dies at 79

Joseph McNamara died last Friday, September 19th, 2014, at the age of 79. He was survived by his wife and three children. Joseph McNamara was one of the original anti-drug-war warriors. He began his career in law enforcement in 1956, working as a beat cop for the New York City Police Department. He rose in […]

Operation Inspiration: When Community Comes Together After Crisis

Operation Inspiration: When Community Comes Together After Crisis

What happens when a community is affected by a tragedy? A close, loving community comes together in a time of need. They contribute. They donate. But it doesn’t just happen. People have to organize, advertise and work. That work is sometimes done without recognition. This writer is proud to recognize a true “Good Samaritan.” On […]

The Ode of the Newbie Activist, Part One

The Ode of the Newbie Activist, Part One

Did you see what I just did?!? Wow. I’m awesome. Nothing is ever going to be the same going forward. The whole universe has changed…and for the better too! Heh…They ought to make a movie about me. You would have thought that I would’ve been afraid. But I did it. I just had the resolve. […]

Illegal Medicine: The Struggle of A Southern Medical Marijuana Activist

Illegal Medicine: The Struggle of A Southern Medical Marijuana Activist

I find it surreal, this world I live in…a world that feels like a dream of how the future is not supposed to be. Ours is a world full of people who are suffering, living with pain that could be eased by a plant… a simple, beautiful flower. But they may not be allowed to […]

Marijuander Lust: The Seattle Hempfest

Marijuander Lust: The Seattle Hempfest

The first 2 days of Hempfest were a bit cloudy, but Sunday is sunny. The man at the first parking lot I try outside the park said they had raised their prices because they were expecting 100,000 attendees that day alone. He could have been right- the pathways are filled with all kinds of weed-loving […]

Lady Business: Sabrina Fendrick

Lady Business: Sabrina Fendrick

Sabrina pictured at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, CO – PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher/Ladybud Magazine I met Sabrina Fendrick in 2010 when we were on the NORML Women’s Alliance Steering Committee. She’s a spitfire and cannot help but to contribute to making the world a better place through drug policy reform with a strong focus on […]

Reaching into the Darkness: Activism in Unlikely Places

Reaching into the Darkness: Activism in Unlikely Places

There is a song from the late 1960s by the folk duo Friend and Lover that includes the lyric “Reach out in the darkness and you may find a friend.” It’s human nature to think that the darkness is comprised of all things different and uncertain. It’s natural to experience fear and apprehension when approaching […]

POEM: The Expatriate

POEM: The Expatriate

by Peter Rosenfeld You have left us our lush blossomy spring our flat coastal plain for a higher dimension perhaps more sere but where alpineglow reigns. A land of drama where guests are greeted by rearing blue ponies gallant with scarlet eyes a place where one dabbles with hazy pens filled with Solomon’s oil. Here […]