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The Power of Women to Create Social Change

The Power of Women to Create Social Change

Although women have served in leadership roles throughout our past, I believe our capabilities are still untapped, not just in drug policy reform, but in many other fields as well. The biggest roadblocks to women in leadership are not just placed on us by society, but by ourselves through our acceptance of the roles dealt […]

This Mom Wants Mother’s Day Every Day

This Mom Wants Mother’s Day Every Day

Throughout these past few weeks, I’ve been asked so many times what I wanted for Mother’s day, so I’ve come up with a few requests. Won’t you help make every day Mother’s Day? I hope: …we will be able to implement Good Samaritan laws, where people will no longer fear prosecution if they are a […]

A Short Talk With My Mom About Pot

A Short Talk With My Mom About Pot

I think my mother’s greatest trait is resiliency. At 88, she is a two time survivor of cancer, does yoga, water aerobics, dances with the stars and keeps an open mind. Me and my brothers named her Reefer Lady when we were kids. She needed a CB radio handle and had two refrigerators at home. […]

This Mother’s Day, Moms, Cops and Docs Call To End the Drug War

This Mother’s Day, Moms, Cops and Docs Call To End the Drug War

During my time as a criminal justice professional, I was reminded to adopt strategies that helped my agency to be more effective. A term we adopted is a military expression called a “force multiplier” which is “a factor that dramatically increases (hence “multiplies”) the effectiveness of an item or group.” During my journey through activism […]

Meridel Le Sueur

Meridel Le Sueur

“Each generation must go further than the last or what’s the use in it?” -Meridel Le Sueur My junior year of high school was a mixture of colliding elements. I was supposed to know what I wanted to do with my life. By not knowing, my parents felt I was working against the unexpressed aspirations […]

Beware Of Trolls: Editing Your Life On Facebook

Beware Of Trolls: Editing Your Life On Facebook

There’s an internet meme floating around that has a saying on it along the lines of “stress is caused by giving a damn.” The meme probably says a different word but you get the point. This is a lovely sentiment and in the fashion of a virtual needlepoint, it has been mounted on many virtual […]

REVIEW: Sation Nail Lacquer “Love At First Byte”

REVIEW: Sation Nail Lacquer “Love At First Byte”

When this popped up in my Ipsy Glam Bag, I was less than pleased. Pink is not really my favorite color and definitely not a grown up one to pretend to be professional in. To my pleasant surprise, it is probably one of the cleanest, muted-yet-noticeable colors I have ever put on my nails. It […]

Can You Call Yourself ‘Drug Free’ If You Use Prescribed Pharmaceuticals?

Can You Call Yourself ‘Drug Free’ If You Use Prescribed Pharmaceuticals?

Blessings to you Mary Jane Doe, I’m a vegan Earth mother with a cornucopia of organic foods and natural remedies filling my kitchen and home. I’ve been taking the sacrament of high CBD Cannabis for my pain for years and it has been working great. (I used to be a long-distance runner until my knees […]

[NSFW] The Changing Face Of Skid Row: Can a Bitch Get a Cab In Hunter’s Point?

[NSFW] The Changing Face Of Skid Row: Can a Bitch Get a Cab In Hunter’s Point?

PHOTO: Angela Bacca You think you’ve been around the block, but I’ve been around the world. I moved to San Francisco in 2002, obviously being a low-income woman I’ve lived in every ghetto shit hole this city has to offer. Even now, 11 years later whenever I leave my apartment I wander through trash, needles […]

LADY BUSINESS: Maggie of Vedge Candle

LADY BUSINESS: Maggie of Vedge Candle

Vedge Candle is a Pacific Northwest company and the brainchild of a new friend I have yet to meet in person, Maggie. Vedge Candles are premium quality soy candles made in beautiful, reusable Weck Jars. From their website: “ Exceptionally fragrant without being overpowering, these are made for the compassionate, eco-conscious, practical consumer.” Maggie’s story […]