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New Episode of “The Hash” Podcast Focuses on Legalization and the Upcoming Elections

New Episode of “The Hash” Podcast Focuses on Legalization and the Upcoming Elections

If you haven’t listened to it yet, now might be the time to start listening to “The Hash,” a bi-weekly radio show focusing on all things cannabis. Produced in conjunction with the Peabody Award-winning Ben Manilla’s production company, Ben Manilla Productions, the show’s cast also features journalists Leah Rose, David Downs and David Bienenstock. The(…)

Why Rape-Related PTSD is the Ultimate Legalization Argument

Why Rape-Related PTSD is the Ultimate Legalization Argument

Trigger Warning: This article discusses rape, sexual assault, abuse and institutionalized sexism. Can you imagine sitting in a court room, answering detailed questions about your sexual assault, reliving every single detail in front of a jury who has been told to treat your story with skepticism? Can you imagine a prosecutor waving his hands dramatically,(…)

Cannabis Consumers Union Changes Name to Cannabis Consumers Coalition

Cannabis Consumers Union Changes Name to Cannabis Consumers Coalition

It has only been two months since the Cannabis Consumers Coalition’s official launch and the organization has reached national attention. In July, the Cannabis Consumers Coalition announced its official launch with a press release, and within one week received a cease and desist letter from Consumer Reports, who has trademarked the name “Consumers Union.” Not(…)

Arizona Inmates Mocked by Jailers for Illness, Denied HIV Tests and Pain Medication While Dying

Arizona Inmates Mocked by Jailers for Illness, Denied HIV Tests and Pain Medication While Dying

Privatized prisons, also called for-profit prisons, bring with them a host of serious issues. One of the major concerns is that inmates will be treated poorly and subject to inhumane conditions as corner-cutting to expand profits is all but inevitable. Places were cuts will dramatically affect quality of life include healthcare, inmate educational programs/libraries, and(…)

Cannabis Beats Placebo: CBD Promising for Treating Brain Damage in Preemies

Cannabis Beats Placebo: CBD Promising for Treating Brain Damage in Preemies

Earlier this year against the advice of many, I submitted an abstract to present at the International Cannabinoid Research Society’s 2014 Symposium. Not only was this Social Scientist selected from among over 300 other doctoral students, the remainder having the required Endocannabinoid Science experience I simply do not have, but I was one also of(…)

INFOGRAPHIC: Legalized Marijuana and Its Impact on Colorado and Washington

INFOGRAPHIC: Legalized Marijuana and Its Impact on Colorado and Washington

Did you know that recreational cannabis consumers in the state of Colorado consume about 784 pounds of marijuana a day? Or that estimates indicate as much as 90% of retail sales of recreational marijuana in the rural parts of the state of Colorado involve someone from out of state? That means that 90% of retail(…)

OR: International Cannabis Business Conference Features Ladybud Magazine Publisher Diane Fornbacher

OR: International Cannabis Business Conference Features Ladybud Magazine Publisher Diane Fornbacher

Diane Fornbacher in Portland, Oregon. Photo Credit: Toni Agosta for Shutterboxx Photography in Vancouver, WA This past weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel moderated by pioneer in modern cannabis activism and business development, Debby Goldsberry, on Advanced Cannabis Business at the International Cannabis Business Conference in Portland, Oregon. My presentation stressed the need(…)

New York State Looking at Marijuana Legalization in 2015

New York State Looking at Marijuana Legalization in 2015

Was it The New York Times calling for the complete legalization of recreational marijuana for adults? Was it the negative press focusing on the chronically ill children who have been needlessly dying in New York State since the state’s medical marijuana law was passed (as it has yet to be implemented)? Or was it something(…)

There is No Easy Check Box for This: Stigma, Mental Health, and Silence

There is No Easy Check Box for This: Stigma, Mental Health, and Silence

Trigger Warning: This article discusses depression, suicidal thoughts, and similar concepts. The nightmares, they really fuck me up. Two or three times a night, I’m jerked out of a sound sleep into immediate full wakefulness. Heart pounding, I come to, like a fish yanked out of water. Desperately gasping to find my breath. Every. Single.(…)

Declaration of Hempdependence: Speech from the Boston Freedom Rally

Declaration of Hempdependence: Speech from the Boston Freedom Rally

I want to thank MassCann/NORML for organizing the Boston Freedom Rally for the last 25 years.  Thank you for coming out today.  We are turning Reefer Madness into Reefer Gladness! We’re in Boston, the birthplace of the American Revolution, a war fought for freedom.  There’s another war going on and it’s the war on drugs.  Prohibition is(…)