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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 […]

DEA Props Up Outdated Cannabis Policy with Rescheduling Scheme

DEA Props Up Outdated Cannabis Policy with Rescheduling Scheme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. […]

Psilocybin from ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Help People Manage Depression

Psilocybin from ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Help People Manage Depression

Psilocybin from ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Help People Manage Depression When people think of magic mushrooms, they usually imagine a scene from Alice in Wonderland or perhaps a bunch of young adults at a music festival on a trip. Fewer people seem to recognize that these unusual mushrooms may actually have a profound and beneficial impact […]

One in Seven U.S. Adults Used Cannabis Last Year, and The World Didn’t End

One in Seven U.S. Adults Used Cannabis Last Year, and The World Didn’t End

Politicians, law enforcement officials, and other people whose careers are entangled with cannabis prohibition have long warned that legalization would result in rising rates of use. Well, it turns out they were right. A recent study has shown that thanks to cannabis legalization, roughly one in seven adults in the United States used cannabis in […]

Ketamine Offers Hope For Chronic Depression But Is Hard To Obtain

Ketamine Offers Hope For Chronic Depression But Is Hard To Obtain

Ketamine is a drug that has only existed for a few decades. Its initial discovery was in 1962. It’s medical potential was almost immediately recognized, and human trials of the drug began in 1964. It received approval for use in humans in the United States in 1970, and it has been used for various medical […]

Ensuring Adequate Pain Relief Is Compassionate Policy

Ensuring Adequate Pain Relief Is Compassionate Policy

For years, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has obstinately insisted that cannabis is as dangerous as opioids and heroin. Those in the know, from activists to doctors, would bristle at the classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance. The Schedule 1 classification means that the federal government does not recognize any medical benefits or […]

Psychedelics and Other Banned Drugs Offer Hope for Those With Mental Health Issues

Psychedelics and Other Banned Drugs Offer Hope for Those With Mental Health Issues

Mental health issues are often unaddressed in modern society. Many people view issues like depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation as signs that someone simply isn’t trying hard enough. There is a lot of social stigma attached to seeking help for mental health issues. That stigma can put people off from trying therapeutic options or counseling. […]