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Real-World Gay Homecoming Queen Crowned…In Texas

Real-World Gay Homecoming Queen Crowned…In Texas

April Swartz-Larson was the first openly lesbian student to run for homecoming queen at McKinney High School in McKinney, Texas. She was also the first openly lesbian homecoming queen elected there. And no, it wasn’t a cruel practical joke. April got to stand on the football a field with the rest of her school’s homecoming(…)

Crow Medicine: Exploring Spirituality with Cannabis

Crow Medicine: Exploring Spirituality with Cannabis

Birds represent the element of air and are all messengers from the Great Spirit (God). Each bird carries their own medicine or lessons to teach you that are relevant to your current life path. Regardless of spiritual beliefs, bird medicine will still come to you whether you believe in it or not. It is when(…)

ATMs in Legal Dispensaries Shut Down, Cutting off Cash for Customers

ATMs in Legal Dispensaries Shut Down, Cutting off Cash for Customers

One of the ways retail cannabis dispensaries and medical marijuana dispensaries have been able to operate in a country that doesn’t allow them to actually bank has been via the use of on-site ATMs, registered to their business or a neighboring business. These machines may either dispense cash directly to customers or allow them to(…)

No Justice, No Peace: Another Police Shooting in Utah

No Justice, No Peace: Another Police Shooting in Utah

Shots rang out. Again. Killer cops from Utah. This time in Roy. A small, tight knit community witnessed the Weber Metro SWAT team respond to a desperate call. A suicidal man, reaching out for help via a suicide prevention hotline, was shot to death this week in what the was being coined by the police(…)

NSFW: The Top Eleventeen Reasons to Hate Cannabis List Articles

NSFW: The Top Eleventeen Reasons to Hate Cannabis List Articles

The trendy journalistic habit of trying to reduce complex and nuanced arguments into a handful of McNuggets creates the kind of oversimplified, alarmist thinking that will leave planet earth engulfed in flames. I guess a listicle goes down easy, like a Popsicle, but has the comparable potential for creating nausea and diabetic coma. Yes, lists(…)

Prohibition is Scaring and Scarring the Shit Out of Me!

Prohibition is Scaring and Scarring the Shit Out of Me!

Trigger Warning: This article discusses suicide, theft/home invasion and law enforcement dehumanizing a deceased person. The violence due to the prohibition of marijuana has seriously affected my life. In its entirety I have encountered domestic violence, imprisonment due to drugs, imprisonment due to my belief system, gun violence, robbery, dismissal, rejection, unemployment, and now avoidable(…)

Seized Marijuana Grow Lights Given to Soccer Team in UK

Seized Marijuana Grow Lights Given to Soccer Team in UK

It’s a truly British story: the local law enforcement agency in Greater Manchester gifted a massive commercial grow light seized from a cannabis cultivation operation to the local soccer team. The Rochdale AFC (Rochdale Association Football Club), which is located in Great Britain, is now using a grow light that would have probably gathered dust(…)

Moms, Menopause, and Marijuana?

Moms, Menopause, and Marijuana?

I have an amazing mom. She’s kind, unique, and without trying to sell some iconoclastic image she’s completely unafraid to be her self. She let her hair go white in her 40s and stopped wearing make-up in the 80s. She also gave me the movie Reefer Madness as a gift when I started college, giggling(…)

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(…)