drug policy reform

Self Care is a Community Service

Self Care is a Community Service

As activists, it is sometimes hard to shut off the heart and the mind, as the world is in perpetual motion and chaos. Social media is rife with cynicism, excruciating news and clap backs. Our President-elect is the embodiment of every bully, elitist, predator, and well, a lot more. As such, the compulsion to DO […]

Students for Sensible Drug Policy National Conference Recap for Ladybud Magazine

Students for Sensible Drug Policy National Conference Recap for Ladybud Magazine

More than 400 student activists, alumni, and supporters convened in Washington, D.C. the last weekend of September for the Students for Sensible Drug Policy 2014 Conference and Lobby Day. The conference featured educational breakout sessions hosted by panels of well-known experts in the drug policy reform, harm reduction, and cannabis industries. An on-site Job Fair […]

Illegal Medicine: The Struggle of A Southern Medical Marijuana Activist

Illegal Medicine: The Struggle of A Southern Medical Marijuana Activist

I find it surreal, this world I live in…a world that feels like a dream of how the future is not supposed to be. Ours is a world full of people who are suffering, living with pain that could be eased by a plant… a simple, beautiful flower. But they may not be allowed to […]

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 […]

Women and the Tipping Joint

Women and the Tipping Joint

PHOTO: Erik Gustafson Confession: I’d never heard of Ladybud Magazine until a friend suggested they’d run something I’d written. I might have caught an article from here, but never thought about it until I needed something. Fortunately with wit, groveling, and some dumb luck, I demonstrated passionate interest in pot, politics, activism, humor, and (by […]

Drug War Addict of The Year

Drug War Addict of The Year

Richard Blackwell famously started the “Ten Worst Dressed Women List” years ago to create a media furor around fashion design. Given the media’s attention to a subject that is frankly trivial, maybe we can redirect them this year to my “Drug War Addict of The Year” award. This title can be won either by an […]

Famous Inspirational Poems for Freedom Fighters

Famous Inspirational Poems for Freedom Fighters

Fighting for freedom is definitely invigorating. We learn about our country, the world and especially ourselves — what we thought we knew, what we nothing about and what we can learn to help our varied and passionate journeys. Throughout the time we’ve been active we have likely seen people arrested or been the person arrested […]

Cannabis Prohibition — American Criminal Justice’s Feeder

Cannabis Prohibition — American Criminal Justice’s Feeder

PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher/Ladybud Magazine There is no greater symptom of America’s failed war on some drugs than the continued prohibition of cannabis. With approximately 1:7 Americans illegally using the sacred herb (1:4 young people between the age of 15-25), no other greater impetus for law enforcement to invade citizens’ private spaces than in pursuit of […]

Tis the Time for End of Year Giving

Tis the Time for End of Year Giving

Here at Ladybud Magazine, it is no secret that we want the Drug War to end. However, we are not just interested in that form of human rights progress alone — we care about all kinds of things! There are only two days to contribute for 2013 to organizations that work hard to create a […]