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Dan Bigg, Harm Reduction Hero, Dies at 59

Dan Bigg, Harm Reduction Hero, Dies at 59

Far too many people are ready and willing to ignore the struggles of people with addiction issues. Our culture has spent decades educating people to think of those who struggle in this way as criminals or less worthy. That has led to a major gap between the care and services available to addicts and those […]

INFOGRAPHIC: How Big is the Drug Trade?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Big is the Drug Trade?

Did you know that estimates indicate the United States consumes as much as 40% of the world’s illicit drugs? Or that Pablo Escobar wrote off businesses losses from rats chewing on his giant bags of money? A recently published inforgraphic, available on the Top Criminal Justice Schools website, shows some interesting facts about the global […]

Don’t Call it Synthetic Marijuana: Conner Reid Eckhardt, Addiction and Herbal Incense

Don’t Call it Synthetic Marijuana: Conner Reid Eckhardt, Addiction and Herbal Incense

Synthetic drugs can be kind of scary, and this is coming from someone who likes to be frightened and pushed out of her comfort zone. Herbal incense is often called synthetic marijuana, but the name is misleading. It makes people think that herbal incense has a similar effect to natural-state cannabis, when in fact it […]

Legalize ALL Drugs, Not Just Cannabis

Legalize ALL Drugs, Not Just Cannabis

IMAGE: L’Aubade, Pablo Picassso I was entertaining a customer in our cannabis vapour lounge (420 Session) a couple days ago.  We had the usual chit chat and banter about pot–what kind I like, what kind of vaporizers are best, you know, the usual.  Then the War on Drugs came up, and after taking a hit […]

Saint Jude Retreats: America’s Non-12 Step & Non-Treatment Program

Saint Jude Retreats: America’s Non-12 Step & Non-Treatment Program

IMAGE: Christina’s World, Andrew Wyeth Can someone else control you? Can they control your thoughts, your emotions, your decisions, actions or reactions? Some would argue that laws control you and your behavior. But people choose to break the law everyday in all kinds of ways, both large and small. Some would say that an employer […]

To End The War On Drugs – A Guide For Politicians, The Press and Public

To End The War On Drugs – A Guide For Politicians, The Press and Public

PHOTO: Zak23984/Wikipedia Commons For fifteen years, I have sought the most knowledgeable people on the planet to discuss the policy of Drug War. I’ve interviewed more than a thousand congressmen, scientists, doctors, all kinds of politicians, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, police chiefs and priests. I’ve invested more than 30 thousand hours investigating this one subject. […]

Addicts are People Too: Choosing Compassion over Judgement

Addicts are People Too: Choosing Compassion over Judgement

Addicts are people, too. This is sadly something that many people in the cannabis community seem to be forgetting, throwing around the  words “druggie,” “meth-head,” and “junkie” as though a single factor (whether or not a person has used certain drugs) determines any human’s worth. Let me make something perfectly clear: being addicted to a […]

Ending the Drug War: Cannabis Reform Advocates in US Congress

Ending the Drug War: Cannabis Reform Advocates in US Congress

If you haven’t seen the video coverage of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) grilling the drug czar’s chief deputy Michael Botticelli at Tuesday’s House Oversight Committee Hearing on marijuana policy, you should. The lines of questioning are similar to Rep. Cohen’s questioning last year of DEA Director […]

The Federal Government Killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Federal Government Killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

Over the weekend, the internet found something more important than the impending Superbowl to talk about: the Oscar-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, was found dead in a New York hotel room. According to the police source that alerted the media to the death, Hoffman was reportedly found near baggies of what they believe to be […]

Into The Sunlight: The Fallacy Of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Into The Sunlight: The Fallacy Of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

by Janet Goree The heavy doors slam and lock behind me. I am assailed by the brightness of the sun on this beautiful winter day in Florida. I rush to my car to get my sunglasses. You are only allowed to take one pair of glasses into the facility and when I entered at 7:30 this morning, […]