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This 4/20, Stand Up For Freedom

This 4/20, Stand Up For Freedom

PHOTO: George Eastman House, circa 1910 Thousands of people across the country are gathering today to celebrate 4/20. Whether we are students or teachers, parents or patients, slackers or professionals, there’s one very important thing we all have in common: We all believe in freedom. And we can all fight for freedom. If you aren’t […]

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: Eddy Lepp- I Am Serving Ten Years in Prison for Growing Medical Marijuana

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: Eddy Lepp- I Am Serving Ten Years in Prison for Growing Medical Marijuana

Editor’s Note: I met Eddy Lepp for the first time while writing about him for SKUNK Magazine in 2010.  I visited Eddy in Federal prison in my hometown of Lompoc, CA. When I showed up at the prison I was directed to the Medium Security Facility and the Federal Prison Camp. I signed both log […]

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: Uncounted Casualties- The Drug War’s Hidden Collateral Damage

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: Uncounted Casualties- The Drug War’s Hidden Collateral Damage

PHOTO: Arohasilouettes, Etsy.com. Good news. A dear friend of mine, who prefers to remain anonymous, just got word from her doctor that she is cancer-free, which is a rather astonishing fact given that 18 months ago she was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer and told her survival odds were less than 10%. Even more […]

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: Being My Brother’s Keeper

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: Being My Brother’s Keeper

My life has been defined by a series of phone calls, both good and bad. I have always been able to discern these life-changing moments based on the time of the call. In my experience, whether or not I initiated the call, no good news comes after midnight or before the sun rises. Sunday, March […]

What’s Missing From the Gun Control Debate

What’s Missing From the Gun Control Debate

When I think of the children in Newtown, Connecticut who were senselessly and viciously shot and killed, I think about the birthdays they will never have, the graduations they will never have and the beautiful lives that will never manifest in the way they should have.  I try not to think about Adam Lanza a […]

4/20: Civil Disobedience & Marijuana Reform – Philly Smokes Out Prohibition

4/20: Civil Disobedience & Marijuana Reform – Philly Smokes Out Prohibition

Every month, in collaboration with the Philadelphia-based podcast Panic Hour, PhillyNORML hosts Smokedown Prohibition, which is an educational rally capped with an act of civil disobedience or the more affectionate and apropos term: “moment of cannabis reflection” at 4:20 p.m. Held in Philadelphia’s designated free speech zone at 5th and Market, the event is coordinated, peaceful and […]

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: My Friend Frank

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: My Friend Frank

My friend Frank was smart, funny, handsome, successful, and addicted to cocaine. Santa Fe is a small town where everyone knows everyone, and everyone knew Frank. When I ran into Frank in a restaurant or at a reggae club, as happened nearly every week in our small town, he’d run up to me and embrace […]

It’s Time To Legalize All Drugs, Not Just Marijuana

It’s Time To Legalize All Drugs, Not Just Marijuana

PHOTO: Aftermath of an alcohol-prohibition era mob hit in Los Angeles, circa 1933. For the first time, the majority of Americans believe marijuana should be legal. In fact, it has not only just become a majority belief, it’s become trendy to talk about—marijuana legalization is probably the only topic that can really bridge the conservative-liberal […]

High & Hungry: Vegan Chickn Salad with Seared Broccoli and Shiitake Mushrooms

High & Hungry: Vegan Chickn Salad with Seared Broccoli and Shiitake Mushrooms

Not everyone craves sweets when they get high. Personally, I crave veggies when I am high, yes veggies. Part of the magic of the the stoner munchie is that marijuana gives you the ability to really notice and appreciate textures, not just flavors. The first time I got high I tripped out pretty hard on […]