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Legal Services for Prisoners with Children: Tipping Point May 8-9 FREE Conference Riverside, CA

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children: Tipping Point May 8-9 FREE Conference Riverside, CA

Tipping Point 2015 is a free 2 day reentry law conference and community building forum for legal service providers, advocates, community members, and formerly incarcerated people. The first day of the conference will bring expert panelists with a focus on best practices and remedies available to help formerly incarcerated people overcome barriers to reentry. The second day […]

“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 […]

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 […]

I Was a Foster Child and CPS Needs Real Reform

I Was a Foster Child and CPS Needs Real Reform

IMAGE: “”Draped Reclining Mother and Baby” by Henry Moore, Photo by Peter Rivera, Creative Commons Just like Child Protective Services can suck for parents, foster care can suck for kids too. As someone who spent my pre-teen and teen years in foster care, this is something that my friends and I know all too well. […]

The Undergreen Railroad: Helping Patients Relocate for Cannabis Access

The Undergreen Railroad: Helping Patients Relocate for Cannabis Access

By Theresa Knox The ability of each state to create its own laws is perhaps the greatest thing about the United States, because it means no citizen must accept a law they find unjust so long as there is another state that has more compatible laws. The Undergreen Railroad is a new organization forming in […]

Parents 4 Pot

Parents 4 Pot

Parents 4 Pot is a new organization that is quickly growing in membership. According to the group’s website, “Parents 4 Pot is a dedicated voice for all families who support the end of hemp and cannabis prohibition.” Through direct action campaigns and community education projects, the group is working to eliminate the social stigma surrounding […]