asset forfeiture

Seized Marijuana Grow Lights Given to Soccer Team in UK

Seized Marijuana Grow Lights Given to Soccer Team in UK

It’s a truly British story: the local law enforcement agency in Greater Manchester gifted a massive commercial grow light seized from a cannabis cultivation operation to the local soccer team. The Rochdale AFC (Rochdale Association Football Club), which is located in Great Britain, is now using a grow light that would have probably gathered dust […]

Our Towns Don’t Need Tanks

Our Towns Don’t Need Tanks

This past week I have watched both the print and television media’s response to the death of Michael Brown and the ensuing riots in Ferguson. For the first time, the mainstream media has finally started to question the militarization of law enforcement and its impact on our communities. My question is: What took you so long? […]

More Than a “Bou Bou”: Why The Recent Flash Bomb Incident Demands Action

More Than a “Bou Bou”: Why The Recent Flash Bomb Incident Demands Action

Content Note: This article discusses horrific child injury and SWAT-style paramilitary raids. People want to believe that law enforcement officers’ sole objective is to protect and serve the citizens of the municipalities and jurisdictions they serve. Unfortunately, over the last decade, there has been a drastic shift in the nature of the police force in […]

Catching Up With Drug War Activist Diane Wattles Goldstein

Catching Up With Drug War Activist Diane Wattles Goldstein

Diane Goldstein, a frequent contributor to Ladybud Magazine and The Huffington Post, as well a well-respected speaker and lecturer on Drug Policy Reform, sat down with LB’s Publisher Diane Fornbacher to talk about some current world events about drug legalization, the many groups with whom she works, her favorite sources of news, and much more.  Traveling all […]

Put Your Big John Here: The Boston Tea Party

Put Your Big John Here: The Boston Tea Party

This is a true story about smuggler that we’ll call “Big John.” The time was Colonial America. Tea was king. It was the drink of the people after alcohol and mead. Coffee was just starting in the new world but was largely for the highfalutin Loyalists and upper crust. Tea was money. And there was […]

We Need To Free Up Our Police To Fight Crime, Not the Drug War

We Need To Free Up Our Police To Fight Crime, Not the Drug War

PHOTO: SWAT raid in Lakewood, New Jersey “Why Cops Bust Down Doors of Medical Pot Growers, But Ignore Men Who Keep Naked Girls on Leashes” – so reads the title of an AlterNet article by Kristin Gwynne that made the social media rounds this week. The article explains the lure of asset forfeiture laws: why […]

Money is the Biggest Obstacle to Marijuana Legalization

Money is the Biggest Obstacle to Marijuana Legalization

Pot Smokers Need to Donate to End Prohibition There is one major obstacle stopping the full implementation of medical cannabis laws and the legalization of cannabis nationwide and it is not the Drug Enforcement Administration– It is money. Budget issues were the key factor in the success of the legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington, rather […]

War on Drugs Policy Reform: Time to Return the Peace to Peace Officer

War on Drugs Policy Reform: Time to Return the Peace to Peace Officer

In 1983, I was hired as a police officer in the community that I grew up in. If you had asked my friends, they would have said law enforcement was an unlikely professional choice for me, but I understood that it would not just challenge me personally, but that I could also make an impact […]