Mandatory Minimums

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Lauds California’s Proposition 47

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Lauds California’s Proposition 47

Given that their name is essentially their mission statement, it should come as little surprise that the organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums(FAMM) is approving of California’s recent passage of Proposition 47, a law which reduced penalties for common drug and theft crimes. Founded in 1991 by Julie Stewart, FAMM has been fighting for the reform […]

The Empty Chair at The Holiday Table

The Empty Chair at The Holiday Table

As part of my work with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) I have met many activist women that have helped me channel my loss into something that is both constructive and meaningful. This work is both selfish and altruistic, as it has helped me transform my pain into action. I have written previously concerning the […]

Nearing The End Of Cannabis Prohibition, Please Don’t Forget About The Pot POWs

Nearing The End Of Cannabis Prohibition, Please Don’t Forget About The Pot POWs

At the precipice of ending cannabis prohibition in America and replacing it with logical alternatives—such as taxing and regulating cannabis for the benefit of society—please don’t forget about America’s prisoners of the War on Drugs, the longest running war in U.S. history, particularly the prisoners of the battle against marijuana. Currently, there are an estimated […]

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 […]

To Give or Take a Flower: Life in Prison

To Give or Take a Flower: Life in Prison

The tension was high and the air stale, somehow this all seemed very ritualistic and business as usual, likely because it was. An average height man with shaggy hair and an unkempt face sat still and anxious as the defendant; the room, in agony, awaited the jury’s consensus. Their deliberation: Guilty A sick and gruesome […]