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Happy Hanukkah 2014 from Ladybud!

Happy Hanukkah 2014 from Ladybud!

With all the focus on next’s weeks major consumer holiday, another important end of year holiday often takes a back seat. Today is the first day of Hanukkah, 2014. Also called the Festival of Lights, this eight-day long holiday is not really similar to Christmas, despite their temporal proximity. Hanukkah, which is also spelled Chanukah […]

Georgia Man Shot While Facedown During Drug Raid, No Drugs Found

Georgia Man Shot While Facedown During Drug Raid, No Drugs Found

David Hooks was shot and killed by police men in his home late at night on September 24th, 2014. Deputies from Laurens County, Georgia shot him fatally while he was facedown on the floor of his home, according to a statement by his family’s lawyer, Mitchell Shook, earlier this week. The deputies were serving a […]

Feds Won’t Stop Native Americans  Growing, Selling Pot in Sovereign Tribal Territories

Feds Won’t Stop Native Americans Growing, Selling Pot in Sovereign Tribal Territories

Yesterday, the U.S. Justice Department announced a dramatic departure from standing cannabis prohibition policy: as long as they comply with federal guidelines put in place for states with recreational cannabis legalization or medical marijuana programs, Native American tribes can grow and sell cannabis on their sovereign territories (also referred to as reservations). Mirroring the 2013 […]

Seattle Washington:15th Annual Christmas Day Drug War Vigil at King County Jail

Seattle Washington:15th Annual Christmas Day Drug War Vigil at King County Jail

This year marks the 15th year that Washington state activists have been holding a Christmas Vigil at the King County Jail. Every year since 2000, activists in Washington have gathered outside the King County jailhouse in a vigil to draw attention to the tens of thousands of non-violent drug offenders who are incarcerated unjustly and […]

Mandatory Rehab: Just Another Prison for Non-Violent Drug Offenders?

Mandatory Rehab: Just Another Prison for Non-Violent Drug Offenders?

A lot of politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, will happily sing the praises of using drug courts to force those facing criminal drug charges into mandatory drug rehabilitation programs instead into prison. On the surface, rehab does seem like the kinder, more rational approach to working with non-violent drug offenders, but the truth is there […]

Candlelight Vigils Mark Birthday of Brandon Ellingson, Young Man Drowned in Police Custody

Candlelight Vigils Mark Birthday of Brandon Ellingson, Young Man Drowned in Police Custody

Sunday, December 7th, 2014, was Brandon Ellingson’s 21st birthday. Unlike many mothers on this auspicious day, Sherry Henrickson Ellingson didn’t spend the evening pacing and fretting that her son might be getting too drunk with his friends. Instead, she attended one of the multiple candlelit vigils being held in his memory. Brandon Ellingson drowned while […]

REVIEW: The Indica Vaporizer

REVIEW: The Indica Vaporizer

Vaporizers are quickly becoming a portable, discreet method of enjoying any type of herb. The “Indica” is new to the market and resembles an old fashioned “Zippo” type lighter. It comes in a sturdy, wood case which is lined with velvet and also includes a velvet bag to as well as several cleaning tools. The […]

Arizona Police Gun Down Medical Marijuana Patient and Father of Four

Arizona Police Gun Down Medical Marijuana Patient and Father of Four

Even as civil unrest and social outrage about institutionalized racism has been reaching fever pitch domestically, young men are still being gunned down by police. Rumain Brisbon is just one of the most recent examples of how institutionalized racism and a drug war out of control have lead to callous disregard for the lives of […]

Don’t Go to the Cannabis Counter Without Me: 8 Tips for the Discerning Consumer

Don’t Go to the Cannabis Counter Without Me: 8 Tips for the Discerning Consumer

What to ask, what to pay, what to look for, and what to avoid when it comes to buying premium flower. Most recreational marijuana stores now offer a Wonka-like wonderland of gourmet edibles, medicated topicals, ultra-potent concentrates and every imaginable cannabis-infused novelty – from hot-sauces to breath mints, toothpicks to suppositories. But if you’re looking […]