harm reduction

Shaming Addicts Does Not Help Them

Shaming Addicts Does Not Help Them

Recently, there was a huge social media trending storm about two adults who had nodded out after using drugs in the front of their car while a child sat in the back strapped to their seat. Instead of trying to help them get medical treatment and assist the child by removing him from a traumatic situation, an officer […]

Let’s Talk about Drugs: A Letter to Future Offspring

Let’s Talk about Drugs: A Letter to Future Offspring

To my dearest children Wilhelm and/or Lyra, (Yes, your names were determined prior to the remote possibility of your conception.) Let’s have a serious talk – one of the rare conversations that may leave you squirming in slight discomfort yet which are crucial for us to have. As you enter adolescence, you’ll likely encounter youth […]

Drug Policy Reform Advocates Speak, Change Hearts in West Michigan

Drug Policy Reform Advocates Speak, Change Hearts in West Michigan

Last week Thursday, I had the immense pleasure of hearing two inspirational world-changers speak at a local venue in my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), the Executive Director for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Ethan Nadelmann from the Drug Policy Alliance spoke to a full house at the Wealthy Street Theatre […]

Envisioning a Post-Prohibition World at Psymposia Psychedelics Conference

Envisioning a Post-Prohibition World at Psymposia Psychedelics Conference

Psymposia – Envisioning a Post Prohibition World The snow has melted, spring is slowly regaining its grasp on life as flowers begin to bloom and people emerge from what has been one of the harshest winters ever in New England. It is fitting then, that an blossoming organization offers a springtime continuation of what the […]

Psymposia’s Amherst 2015 Conference: Envisioning a Post Prohibition World

Psymposia’s Amherst 2015 Conference: Envisioning a Post Prohibition World

Psymposia presents: “Envisioning a Post Prohibition World” Conference April 17-19, 2015 Amherst, MA This conference will also be availble online: psymposia.com   Imagine the world without a drug war. What are the challenges? What’s possible? Find out on the weekend of April 17-19 when Psymposia hosts a new kind of drug conference in the brand new […]

Lady Busines: Jenelle Marie Davis from The STD Project

Lady Busines: Jenelle Marie Davis from The STD Project

Here at Ladybud Magazine, we are also all about harm reduction and education. It should come as no surprise, then, that we’re major fans of The STD Project and its founder, Jenelle Marie Davis. Although Jenelle is not a cannabis activist, she is a rockstar sex-positive feminist whose work is helping slay the (often sexist) […]

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 […]

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 […]

Drug Policy Alliance Announces Legalization Status Report

Drug Policy Alliance Announces Legalization Status Report

  Six months have passed since Colorado’s law legalizing cannabis for adult recreational use went into effect, and people all around the world are wondering what kind of real-world impact the new law has had on the state of Colorado. The Drug Policy Alliance announced on Tuesday that they will be holding  a press teleconference […]