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LAST DAY TO VOTE: Help Medical Marijuana Activist Ashley Weber Win New Mobility Vehicle

LAST DAY TO VOTE: Help Medical Marijuana Activist Ashley Weber Win New Mobility Vehicle

Ashley Weber overcame many challenges in her 30 yrs of life. Paralyzed in a car accident at 18, she catastrophically broke her neck (C1, C4, C5, & exploded C6). A 16 hour anterior & posterior neck surgery which involved removing bone from her hip to create a new C6 vertebrae, and fusing her spine with titanium plates and screws from C3 to T1, she had hyper-calciumia […]

Signs You Might Be A Pot Mom Activist

Signs You Might Be A Pot Mom Activist

PHOTO CREDIT: Sabrina Fendrick/NORML • You don’t have a sitter for 420 festivities while working at the High Times Cannabis Cup for the NORML Women’s Alliance booth because the one you found got entered into the extract competition that same weekend. • There are no clean shirts in the dresser except manly square cut promo cannabis leaf t-shirts […]

How to Come Out of the Cannabis Closet: Easy Steps for 420 Advocacy

How to Come Out of the Cannabis Closet: Easy Steps for 420 Advocacy

PHOTO: Trevauhn Grant A lot has changed in my life since I wrote this piece last year following 4/20. First and foremost, I am proud to say I am finally fully out of the cannabis closet! I first became involved in advocacy in 2011, when I was diagnosed with cancer and used cannabis illegally during chemotherapy. […]

INTERVIEW: Ed Forchion “NJ Weedman” on Civil Rights, Chris Christie, and CBD

INTERVIEW: Ed Forchion “NJ Weedman” on Civil Rights, Chris Christie, and CBD

PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher I’m doing a phone interview with Ed Forchion – otherwise known as NJ Weedman – as he navigates New Jersey’s public transportation system during the evening rush hour. As Forchion walks through Trenton, moving from bus to train and back to bus again, I quickly realize I’m not the only one who wants […]

Mother/Activist Paula Joana Confronts Governor Chris Christie

Mother/Activist Paula Joana Confronts Governor Chris Christie

PHOTO: Lefty Grimes/Sativa Cross By now, many of you have already seen the footage of Paula Joana confronting New Jersey Governor Chris Christie yesterday at a town hall meeting in Fairfield. If you haven’t seen it already, here it is. Have some tissues handy before pressing play: Video credit: Lefty Grimes/Sativa Cross I wanted to […]

Paula Joana: On Gratitude, Losing a Child, and Making a Difference

Paula Joana: On Gratitude, Losing a Child, and Making a Difference

IMAGE: Paula and Phil Joana with daughter Sabina and son Rocco. All images courtesy of Paula Joana. Editor’s Note: Paula Joana is the mother of Sabina Rose, who died in New Jersey in December, 2013, awaiting access to medical cannabis. Weed on My Mind by Paula Joana I want to take a moment to thank […]

On Becoming an Activist by Brian Wilson

On Becoming an Activist by Brian Wilson

I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even know New Jersey had a Medical Marijuana law on the books before we needed it. People fought for the bill for years, before the concept even entered our minds. People lost loved ones during that fight. I feel embarrassed, awful, apologetic, that when we needed the law, it […]

Poem: Thank You to All Activists

Poem: Thank You to All Activists

  Thank you to the farmers To the street dancers To the testifiers Proud and active patients Thank you to you all The writers The photographers The Buddhas The nice ones The suits The dreads The punks The mamas and the papas Thank you to you all Much love… To the kids To the prisoners […]

Cannabis Activist Diane Fornbacher’s Journey

Cannabis Activist Diane Fornbacher’s Journey

PHOTO: Shutterboxx Photography/Toni Liu Trigger warning: This article discusses childhood abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, murder, & suicide. In a country where popular television programs receive more votes than national political elections, it seems like a miracle when anyone takes an interest in politics. How is it, then, that some people wind up caring so much […]

Rhetorical Question: Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

Rhetorical Question: Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

The internet, from entertainment personalities to politicians, from news outlets to blogs, social websites and beyond, are ablaze with the provocative question: Should cannabis be legal? Simply Stated: The short answer to this morphing, deceptively simple question is emphatically and unequivocally, YES. More Specifically: This seemingly uncomplicated question actually requires a thoughtful and emotive personal response worthy of […]