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Another Surgery for Baby Bou-Bou, State Not Paying

Another Surgery for Baby Bou-Bou, State Not Paying

Last week, Baby Bou Bou had to have yet another surgery as a result of his traumatic injuries in a botched, poorly researched raid on the home where he was staying on May 28th, 2014. For those who need a refresher, Bou Bou, whose legal name is Bounkham Phonesavanh, was sleeping in a crib in […]

Drug War POW Larry Ronald Duke on Watching the Colorado Pot Rush from Prison

Drug War POW Larry Ronald Duke on Watching the Colorado Pot Rush from Prison

During a televised CNBC special last week titled “The Colorado Pot Rush,” I told the man sitting beside me that it was a shame John Denver wasn’t still alive to witness the turn of events occurring in his home state of Colorado, which has voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for consenting adults […]

My Best Friend Rachel Hoffman Was Murdered At 23-Years-Old

My Best Friend Rachel Hoffman Was Murdered At 23-Years-Old

Pictures courtesy of Elizabeth Patty-Lugo and the Hoffman family unless otherwise noted. I was less than one mile south and about five minutes away from my best friend when she was shot point-blank five times with the gun she was ordered by police to purchase. Rachel Hoffman had been a confidential informant with the Tallahassee […]

Lindsey Rinehart: A Message To My Precious Boys

Lindsey Rinehart: A Message To My Precious Boys

Lindsey Rinehart is an activist from Idaho. On April 23, the state removed her children from her custody for three weeks. Read her story here. This letter is a message to her children to read in 15 years when they are adults, but really a message to all parents, moms and dads, who risk their […]

This Mom Wants Mother’s Day Every Day

This Mom Wants Mother’s Day Every Day

Throughout these past few weeks, I’ve been asked so many times what I wanted for Mother’s day, so I’ve come up with a few requests. Won’t you help make every day Mother’s Day? I hope: …we will be able to implement Good Samaritan laws, where people will no longer fear prosecution if they are a […]

Medical Marijuana Activism & Parenting: Risky Business

Medical Marijuana Activism & Parenting: Risky Business

PHOTO Courtesy of Idaho Three on Facebook: Medical Marijuana Activist Mother and Patient Lindsey Rinehart of Compassionate Idaho one week after her children were kidnapped by the state Being a mom is hard enough. Being an activist mom is even more difficult. Combine parenting with drug policy reform activism while being a cannabis-medicating patient and […]

Saving Law Enforcement Organizations From Themselves

Saving Law Enforcement Organizations From Themselves

PHOTO SOURCE: CBS Dallas Forth-Worth. Then officer Kelly Helleson caught on a dashboard camera preparing to perform a cavity search on a woman under the suspicion of marijuana possession. In a recent Reason.com blog post author Mike Riggs points to a clear example of the many failings of the ongoing Drug War, the stigmatization of human beings. This […]

Her Name Was Rachel Hoffman

Her Name Was Rachel Hoffman

Rachel Hoffman was young. Oh, she was so very young. And like many young people, she smoked some marijuana and occasionally used ecstasy. She might have even dealt both on a small scale. She had just completed her bachelor’s degree early, in psychology and criminology with a B average at  Florida State University, not an easy […]