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RIP Bill Buckman: Ladybud Attorney, NJ NORML Board Member & Celebrated Civil Rights Activist

RIP Bill Buckman: Ladybud Attorney, NJ NORML Board Member & Celebrated Civil Rights Activist

PHOTO: Bill Buckman speaking at a Coalition for Medical Marijuana – New Jersey press conference in 2012 with Ladybud Publisher Diane Fornbacher and Managing Editor Vanessa Waltz/Credit: Peter Rosenfeld UPDATE on Bill’s funeral arrangements:  Sunday, October 19th at Platt’s Memorial Chapel, 2001 Haddonfield Berlin road, Cherry Hill, NJ at 1pm. The Ladybud family is mourning […]

Open Letter to Gov. Chris Christie from a Hardworking Jersey Girl

Open Letter to Gov. Chris Christie from a Hardworking Jersey Girl

Dear Mr. Christie, I am going to try to keep it clean, though I may not be able. As you know, we New Jerseyans do not mince words, and we will sooner tell you exactly how we feel about you than be inhibited by etiquette or protocol. So let me tell you my feelings, as […]

Denver Mayor and CO Governor Betraying Voters on Cannabis

Denver Mayor and CO Governor Betraying Voters on Cannabis

IMAGE: Counties of CO by the plurality their votes for & against Colorado Amendment 64 via WIKIPEDIA Commons Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, who still thinks Cannabis is a gateway drug, is not in favor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (CSO) series called “Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series”. Denver’s Excise & Licenses Department sent a letter to the […]

New Jersey: Change.org Petition To Allow Edible Marijuana For All Ages

New Jersey: Change.org Petition To Allow Edible Marijuana For All Ages

“New Jersey Governor Chris Christie forbids marijuana edible products for adults but is in favor of permitting them for minors. This is an inappropriate restriction. Marijuana edibles should be available for any patient, regardless of age,” says petitioner Jim Price from Cherry Hill, NJ. Price is asking that citizens of New Jersey sign this petition in favor […]

New Jersey: Legalization Bill Drop Imminent & Marijuana Myths Dispelled

New Jersey: Legalization Bill Drop Imminent & Marijuana Myths Dispelled

Won’t be long before Senator Nick Scutari drops a bill to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use in NJ.  I’m guessing his marijuana legalization bill hits the hopper on (or about) March 25th.  For folks like me working to end marijuana prohibition, that’s good news.  But late March isn’t far off so we don’t have much […]

The War Isn’t Over: Legal Marijuana in Colorado Inspires More Progress

The War Isn’t Over: Legal Marijuana in Colorado Inspires More Progress

I watched my friends and colleagues prepare for the big day of legal adult recreational sales of marijuana in Colorado from the highly restrictive medical marijuana “Garden State” of New Jersey with joy in my heart. We have seen incredible changes in the past few years with the passage of Amendment 64 in Colorado and […]

Hemp Bill Approved in New Jersey

Hemp Bill Approved in New Jersey

“The New Jersey Assembly of Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 4-1 in favor of Assembly Bill 2415. This legislation would legalize the licensed cultivation of industrial hemp. Members of NORML New Jersey including Executive Director Evan Nison were present to testify in favor of this legislation. – via Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director Ladybud […]

Gay Rights & Marijuana Activist Jay Lassiter: “Let’s Make Weed Sexy”

Gay Rights & Marijuana Activist Jay Lassiter: “Let’s Make Weed Sexy”

PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher In 2009, lame-duck New Jersey Governor John Corzine (D) signed bills from the legislature both allowing same-sex marriage and medical marijuana in the state, knowing full well when incoming Republican Governor Chris Christie took office, he would veto both. “As a state, New Jersey is one of the hardest battlegrounds because it […]