compassion

Dr. Mitch’s Self-Compassion Chili Recipe

Dr. Mitch’s Self-Compassion Chili Recipe

Get a 4-quart Dutch oven. Try to avoid making jokes. The Dutch don’t really cook like that. You deserve this Dutch oven. You really do. There are lots of things you can cook in it. I’m going to write a ton of recipes for you. They’re going to be great. Really. And they’re all going […]

Let’s Talk About Real Compassion for Addicts, Please

Let’s Talk About Real Compassion for Addicts, Please

For too long in our country, the rhetoric in the War on Drugs has focused on representing drug users as the “other,” as the bad guys in this culture war. Those who preach compassion and rehabilitation and harm reduction instead of criminalization are often dismissed as “bleeding heart liberals” willing to give anyone a free […]

I Am No Hero: What NOT to Say to Someone Who is Suffering

I Am No Hero: What NOT to Say to Someone Who is Suffering

Contributor Jill Hitchman-Osborn is the author of the Seizing Hope blog, which chronicles her journey parenting a child with epilepsy and her work as a cannabis activist. “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve  I am no hero… 1. Please stop […]

Brittany Maynard Deserved to Choose Her Treatment

Brittany Maynard Deserved to Choose Her Treatment

As you probably already know, Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) patient who had become the face of “Death with Dignity” chose to end her life on November 1 as she had planned. And I’m really angry. No, I’m not angry at Brittany or her choice…I’m angry at the Cannabis community for its reaction […]

Prohibition is Scaring and Scarring the Shit Out of Me!

Prohibition is Scaring and Scarring the Shit Out of Me!

Trigger Warning: This article discusses suicide, theft/home invasion and law enforcement dehumanizing a deceased person. The violence due to the prohibition of marijuana has seriously affected my life. In its entirety I have encountered domestic violence, imprisonment due to drugs, imprisonment due to my belief system, gun violence, robbery, dismissal, rejection, unemployment, and now avoidable […]

What Would Jesus Do?  Probably Not Protest Marijuana Dispensaries

What Would Jesus Do? Probably Not Protest Marijuana Dispensaries

In a very un-Christlike display, Mount Calvary Christian Center, a Seattle church run by pastor Reggie Witherspoon, descended on the newly opened Uncle Ike’s dispensary yesterday. The shop, which has been open since Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, is apparently too close to their church for comfort, and they’re throwing the whole “love your neighbor as […]

Little Boy With Cancer Asking for Birthday Cards

Little Boy With Cancer Asking for Birthday Cards

July 25th is a special day; it’s Danny Nickerson’s sixth birthday. Danny has cancer, and he told his family he wanted to get a lot of cards in the mail for his birthday. He was diagnosed last October with an inoperable brain tumor growing on his brain stem. His diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma.  It […]

PETITION: Renew Fired Cannabis Researcher’s Contract

PETITION: Renew Fired Cannabis Researcher’s Contract

Two weeks after Dr. Suzanne Sisley was fired from her research position at the University of Arizona, citizens and activists are still rallying behind her. A petition has been started on the website Change.org, requesting that the University of Arizona renew Dr. Sisley’s contract, thus allowing her to begin her groundbreaking study on medical cannabis […]