legalization

Visiting a Washington’s Farmers Market After Living in Prohibitionist Utah

Visiting a Washington’s Farmers Market After Living in Prohibitionist Utah

Tucked behind a nondescript storefront on Pacific Avenue, between Larchmont and Parkland, near Lakewood, Washington and McChord Air Force Base, sits what might come as a surprise to some. Others find this place to be a lifeline.  It is a community of growers, caregivers, vendors and patients who work together to provide safe access to […]

Michigan Legalizes Cannabis, Missouri and Utah Pass Medical Cannabis Laws

Michigan Legalizes Cannabis, Missouri and Utah Pass Medical Cannabis Laws

With an impressive voter turnout that may challenge previous midterm records, Michigan has officially passed its legalization ballot initiative. Proposition 1 will allow adults ages 21 or older who live in the state of Michigan to grow up to 12 cannabis plants in their own home. By December 6th, Michigan law enforcement will have to […]

The Only FDA-Approved CBD Drug Will Cost Nearly $3K A Month

The Only FDA-Approved CBD Drug Will Cost Nearly $3K A Month

One of the most incredible things about cannabis medicine is that it has been available to individuals without access to traditional health care for as long as humans have turned to the cannabis plant for relief. Even as our species has made incredible progress in the ability to provide trauma care and treat diseases, accessibility […]

Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Recreational Cannabis a Fifth Time

Mexico’s Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Recreational Cannabis a Fifth Time

There is a popular saying that the third time is the charm. However, when it comes to the Mexican judicial system, the fifth ruling by the Mexican Supreme Court is the charm. In some ways, this multiple-case system makes more sense than single case precedent changing national law, as it often does in the United […]

Are Increased Cannabis Arrests a Sign That Legalization Doesn’t Work?

Are Increased Cannabis Arrests a Sign That Legalization Doesn’t Work?

One of the many reasons that people who support social justice want to move toward legal cannabis policies is because people of color have disproportionately born the burden of prohibition throughout the War on Drugs. In different states and cities, rates vary, but in general, individuals of Hispanic or African-American backgrounds are several times more […]

Recreational Cannabis Sales Commence In Canada

Recreational Cannabis Sales Commence In Canada

Today, October 17th, 2018, is a day that will go down in history. It is the first day of legal recreational cannabis sales in Canada, a milestone which officially makes Canada the largest legal cannabis market in the world. The legalization of cannabis in Canada is the result of efforts by lawmakers. Both the Senate […]

National Expungement Week Could Help Those With Minor Convictions Move On

National Expungement Week Could Help Those With Minor Convictions Move On

The Equality First Alliance has a primary focus of addressing the civil injustice that has resulted from the War on Drugs here in the United States. Here at Ladybud, we have previously covered many topics that examine the overlap between social justice and the War on Drugs. For example, people of color, as well as […]

Lady Business: Maggie Kinsella of Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition and NORML

Lady Business: Maggie Kinsella of Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition and NORML

Maggie Kinsella is a member of the Board of Directors at the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann) and the state affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of the Marijuana Laws (MassCann/NORML) and also serves as the Press Secretary, Spokesperson, Organizer, and a prolifically productive volunteer. She’s a “Jacqueline” of all trades, so-to-speak and most recently […]

DEA Props Up Outdated Cannabis Policy with Rescheduling Scheme

DEA Props Up Outdated Cannabis Policy with Rescheduling Scheme

Despite concerns about a pharmaceutical entity grabbing control of the cannabidiol (CBD) market, many legalization activists thrilled at the announcement that Epidiolex received approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in June. It was reasonable to hope that the approval of a cannabis-based drug for use in treating serious medical conditions would soon […]

Activists Pushing for Home Grows in New Jersey Legalization Bill

Activists Pushing for Home Grows in New Jersey Legalization Bill

Despite the opposition of long-entrenched politicians in New Jersey to cannabis legalization, it does appear as though the Garden State will soon be joining many other states in legalizing the adult recreational use of cannabis. Lawmakers look to potentially pass a bill that the Governor, Phil Murphy, will theoretically sign into law in upcoming sessions. […]