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Messing with Cannabinoid Receptors Can be Fatal

Messing with Cannabinoid Receptors Can be Fatal

In January, the University Hospital of Rennes in France released a statement indicating that one person had died and five others were hospitalized following a drug trial. In the weeks that have followed, it has been discovered that the drug being tested was designed to block necessary processes in the human Endocannabinoid Signaling (ECS) system. […]

Poem: Civil Disobedience

Poem: Civil Disobedience

Because symbols have power a woman refused to give up her seat, laborers walked 24 days to refuse to pay a tax, a woman starved herself while incarcerated for demanding a voice, untold thousands took to the streets, proudly refusing to be invisible or silent anymore, and a woman climbed a flagpole.   Because symbols […]

How Marijuana Helps People With Cancer

How Marijuana Helps People With Cancer

There is a lot of exaggerated rhetoric in the cannabis world surrounding cannabis and cancer. Some people will go so far as to claim that cannabis and cannabis alone can and will kill all forms of cancer, despite the stage of the cancer’s progression and the type of cancer. Even a cursory review of information […]

Drug Policy Reform Advocates Speak, Change Hearts in West Michigan

Drug Policy Reform Advocates Speak, Change Hearts in West Michigan

Last week Thursday, I had the immense pleasure of hearing two inspirational world-changers speak at a local venue in my hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), the Executive Director for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and Ethan Nadelmann from the Drug Policy Alliance spoke to a full house at the Wealthy Street Theatre […]

Arizona Police Gun Down Medical Marijuana Patient and Father of Four

Arizona Police Gun Down Medical Marijuana Patient and Father of Four

Even as civil unrest and social outrage about institutionalized racism has been reaching fever pitch domestically, young men are still being gunned down by police. Rumain Brisbon is just one of the most recent examples of how institutionalized racism and a drug war out of control have lead to callous disregard for the lives of […]

More Dangerous to Kids Than Marijuana: Laundry Detergent Pods

More Dangerous to Kids Than Marijuana: Laundry Detergent Pods

The creation of medical marijuana programs and the legalization of recreational cannabis almost always seem to bring with them hysterical opining about the dangers legalized marijuana poses to children. Prohibitionists are trying to re-ignite the guttering flames of reefer madness in this country by frantically waving statistics about emergency room visits by children exposed to […]

Book Review: Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

Book Review: Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

Trigger Warning: This review contains discussion of incest, sexual abuse, rape, forced abortion, gang rape, rape of male rapists and the psychological/emotional fallout of these events. Spoiler Alert: Some details will be given that “spoil” the earlier chapters of the book. Tender Morsels is an imaginative, beautiful fantasy novel that tells the story of a […]

County Refuses to Pay Medical Bills for Baby Burned by Flash Bomb

County Refuses to Pay Medical Bills for Baby Burned by Flash Bomb

Trigger Warning: This article discusses horrific child injury and SWAT-style paramilitary raids. Habersham County officials have made a public statement that the Georgia county will not be paying for the medical bills of a young child critically injured during a poorly-planned, poorly-executed, unnecessary SWAT raid of a residential home. That’s right; little Bounkham Phonesavah, known […]

Compassion for Children: Refugees Need Help, not Hate

Compassion for Children: Refugees Need Help, not Hate

Are you a parent? If not, do have children (or perhaps companion animals) that you feel lovingly protective toward? Imagine that love and that connection, and then try to imagine how terrible your situation would have to be to send that person you loved far, far away without you. How desperate would you have to […]

White House Says Cannabis is a State Issue, DC Decriminalizes

White House Says Cannabis is a State Issue, DC Decriminalizes

Ladybud has been following the political situation in Washington DC surrounding their recent decriminalization law and attempts to legalize. Many residents and politicians from the District of Columbia have been crying foul as a state representative from outside the District has moved to block the implementation of their decriminalization law. All residents have been encouraged […]