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Will 2016 Be the Year of Weed and Women?

Will 2016 Be the Year of Weed and Women?

As 2015 drew to a close, many of us did what we do each year at this time: reflect on the changes to our culture and personal lives that happened over the last year. 2015 was surprising in a lot of ways. It saw real, if biased, mainstream media attention focused on police brutality and […]

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 […]

My Family Versus the Drug War: Why I’m An Activist

My Family Versus the Drug War: Why I’m An Activist

My name is George and I’m working hard to make marijuana law reform happen NOW because my life and my family’s lives depends on it. Yours does too, but perhaps some of us don’t realize it. This Drug War has cost ALL OF US over 1.5 trillion dollars over the past 50 years. There are […]

Child Protective Services & Family Court: The Last Gasp of the Drug War

Child Protective Services & Family Court: The Last Gasp of the Drug War

PHOTO: Jonathan Oakley What’s worse than going to jail for cannabis?  Your children taken away by child protection services for it.  If you’re incarcerated, you receive a specific custodial sentence — which may be reduced for good behavior or perhaps even commuted — during which you are guaranteed visits with your family.  You can count down […]

LADY BUSINESS: San Francisco’s Apothecarium

LADY BUSINESS: San Francisco’s Apothecarium

PHOTO: San Francisco’s Apothecarium is located at 2095 Market Street in San Francisco. In the early 1990s, Dennis Peron opened the first medical marijuana dispensary on the corner of Church and Market in San Francisco’s historic Castro District, a cultural and political center for the world’s LGBT community as well as a hotbed for political civil rights […]