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INFOGRAPHIC: How Big is the Drug Trade?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Big is the Drug Trade?

Did you know that estimates indicate the United States consumes as much as 40% of the world’s illicit drugs? Or that Pablo Escobar wrote off businesses losses from rats chewing on his giant bags of money? A recently published inforgraphic, available on the Top Criminal Justice Schools website, shows some interesting facts about the global […]

Trading a Loving Heart for a Purple Heart: The Travis Gilliland Story

Trading a Loving Heart for a Purple Heart: The Travis Gilliland Story

Trigger Warning: This article discusses military service, PTSD, suicide, and self-destructive substance abuse and contains disturbing passages that could be triggering, especially for those who have served or are serving in the military. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: you start talking with someone of a more liberal persuasion about cannabis legalization and/or […]

Dirty Wars: A Review of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary

Dirty Wars: A Review of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary

War is a dirty thing – it always has been and it will continue to be. The fact alone that all wars are fought because of greed or hate is inherently a terrible thing. So, to talk about covert warfare as if it were a shocking and wrong is almost silly, yet here we are. […]

Interview With Patricia McArdle, Amazon Grand Prize Novelist

Interview With Patricia McArdle, Amazon Grand Prize Novelist

Patricia Lynn McArdle has been travelling the globe and challenging the status quo for decades.  The solar cooking enthusiast, and retired US foreign service officer worked overseas and in Washington, D.C., from 1979–2006 as a member of the U.S. diplomatic corps. Prior to that,  she served for three years as one of the first two […]

In The Shadow Of Iraq: A Veteran’s Battle With PTSD

In The Shadow Of Iraq: A Veteran’s Battle With PTSD

Reposted with special permissions from Etc. Magazine, photos courtesy of Jacob Davis by Jacob Davis On March 19th, the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq–I woke up late again with a soggy T-shirt, courtesy of the racing thoughts and bad dreams which always prevent me from getting much rest. There never is any rest for the […]

Oregon Legislature Introduces Two Pro-Cannabis Bills

Oregon Legislature Introduces Two Pro-Cannabis Bills

PHOTO: Oregon State Legislature Although medical marijuana is legal in the state of Oregon, patients cannot obtain a medical marijuana recommendation unless they have one of a handful of legally qualifying conditions. Oregon’s legislature has introduced Senate Bill 281 to add Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the qualifying conditions for the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (OMMA) and House […]