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Little Loralai Passes On After Battling Brain Tumor with Cannabis

Little Loralai Passes On After Battling Brain Tumor with Cannabis

After four years of filling the lives of everyone around her with love, hope and beauty, Loralai G., a pediatric cannabis patient fighting a severe brain tumor, passed from this world at 9:01 am on January 2nd, 2015. The only child of a single mother, she ended her life as she spent her life: close […]

Compassion for Children: Refugees Need Help, not Hate

Compassion for Children: Refugees Need Help, not Hate

Are you a parent? If not, do have children (or perhaps companion animals) that you feel lovingly protective toward? Imagine that love and that connection, and then try to imagine how terrible your situation would have to be to send that person you loved far, far away without you. How desperate would you have to […]

“Willy the Plumber”: Helping the Children of Utah Prisoners Find a Brighter Future

“Willy the Plumber”: Helping the Children of Utah Prisoners Find a Brighter Future

Education is a key factor in raising happy and functional children.  This is a fact recognized by most, from the elite to the working poor to the incarcerated, people realize that getting a quality education is a worthwhile pursuit and encourage their children to obtain as much education as possible. However, reality can be harsh […]

Excessive Force in the War on Cannabis: The Death of William Reddie

Excessive Force in the War on Cannabis: The Death of William Reddie

William Reddie isn’t someone we should be talking about on a cannabis blog for one simple reason: he didn’t have cannabis in his system when he died (or alcohol, for that matter). Still, cannabis allegations and CPS involvement resulted in William’s death. More than two years later, the situation still doesn’t make any sense to […]

One Parenting Rule EVERY Family Should Follow

One Parenting Rule EVERY Family Should Follow

Trigger warning: This article discusses child death (via hyperthermia). After a long, hard winter, spring is finally here. With the rising temperatures, however, an insidious risk also creeps back into the lives of those who care for small children. Every summer, the horror stories trickle in from across the country: tales of silent or sleeping […]

Colorado: Fight for Legalization Protections Rages On

Colorado: Fight for Legalization Protections Rages On

News from Colorado Cannabis Patients Alliance: HB1122, a clean-up bill, defines “locked and enclosed” among other things. Passed and already signed by the Governor. *** The Whizzinator Bill (HB-1040) was killed in committee. Essentially it came down to ridiculousness. It started out as a felony, then got dropped to a misdemeanor, then a civil fine. […]

Free Bree: Green Family Update and Mother’s Day Event

Free Bree: Green Family Update and Mother’s Day Event

After fighting the courts for the return of their daughter, beautiful Brielle (the famous Bree from the #FreeBree movement), the Green family is still going to be spending Mother’s Day with a child conspicuously absent from their family gathering. Maria’s son Elliott has been the focus of an ongoing custody battle with her ex-husband, and […]

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 […]

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Among drug policy reform activists, there is a consensus that punitive approaches should not constitute the bulk of our national strategy to reduce the harms associated with addiction and problematic use of drugs. Whether in recognition of its fiscal irresponsibility, its conflict with public health goals, or its disparate impact on brown, black, and poor […]

Ending the Drug War: Cannabis Reform Advocates in US Congress

Ending the Drug War: Cannabis Reform Advocates in US Congress

If you haven’t seen the video coverage of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) grilling the drug czar’s chief deputy Michael Botticelli at Tuesday’s House Oversight Committee Hearing on marijuana policy, you should. The lines of questioning are similar to Rep. Cohen’s questioning last year of DEA Director […]