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Dear Leelah Alcorn: Your Life and Death Mean Something

Dear Leelah Alcorn: Your Life and Death Mean Something

Content Note: This article discusses bullying, transphobia/hate and suicide of a transgender teenager. Leelah Alcorn’s friends describe her as funny, despite struggling with ongoing depression and a difficult home life. At 17, she had known she was different all of her life but had only recently learned how to give voice to that difference. Because […]

#FREEWEEDCLASS Giveaway with the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis

#FREEWEEDCLASS Giveaway with the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis

If you are in the Boston area and are in need of expanding your cannabis education, you have a chance this week to register to win a free class (a $199 value) just by helping to spread the word about the Northeastern Institute of Cannabis. Founded with the intention of helping train future workers in […]

Social Media, Closed-mindedness, and Uneducated America: Steps on the Path to Marijuana Reform

Social Media, Closed-mindedness, and Uneducated America: Steps on the Path to Marijuana Reform

IMAGE: Movie still from Reefer Madness, 1936. I recently came under fire and was told to go screw myself (that’s putting it lightly) on Facebook because I advocate and share facts and scientific studies about medical marijuana. The incident was profoundly hurtful, because I have known the person I was arguing with – and respected him – […]

Catching Up With Technology: A Dinosaur Learns the Ropes

Catching Up With Technology: A Dinosaur Learns the Ropes

I am dreading it. It’s going to be confusing, frustrating, overwhelming. I don’t have time. I’m probably going to screw it up. I’m not looking forward to it, but I have to do it. My name is Vanessa and I am a Twitter virgin. Yeah, yeah, it’s kind of silly, right? I have a college […]

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 […]

Lean Whichever Way You Want: Women Are The Key To Drug Policy Wins

Lean Whichever Way You Want: Women Are The Key To Drug Policy Wins

Recently, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg of “Lean In” fame came under fire (again) for being an out-of-touch opportunist. Despite its founder being worth an estimated $400 million, someone from the “Lean In” organization posted an ad for an unpaid intern. Thinking about the absurdity of a young woman providing unpaid help to an organization founded by […]

PLAYLIST: Modern Humanz

PLAYLIST: Modern Humanz

It’s not too typical to do a playlist full of the same artists over and over, namely Beck, Radiohead, Bjork and the Gorillaz. But the music all has the same thing in common– a dystopian reflection of modern society. The mix opens with “Modern Guilt” by Beck. Beck has long been ahead of the curve […]

Baby Boom Goes the Dynamite

Baby Boom Goes the Dynamite

I’m beginning to have a problem with the Baby Boomers. Beginning might be a soft term; I have had a problem with the Baby Boomers for a while. What I’m beginning to understand is what my problem is exactly. As part of a young generation swimming in the wake of a lot of messed-up decades, […]

Beware Of Trolls: Editing Your Life On Facebook

Beware Of Trolls: Editing Your Life On Facebook

There’s an internet meme floating around that has a saying on it along the lines of “stress is caused by giving a damn.” The meme probably says a different word but you get the point. This is a lovely sentiment and in the fashion of a virtual needlepoint, it has been mounted on many virtual […]