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Happy 420 From Everybody at Ladybud

Happy 420 From Everybody at Ladybud

Today is a popular unofficial holiday for cannabis enthusiasts all over the world. This year, more people in the United States than ever before can celebrate this holiday without fear of criminal consequences. Celebrating 4/20 is legal in eight states, as well as in Washington D.C. as of April 20th, 2018. While Vermont’s lawmakers did […]

Can We Stop Treating Addiction Like an Insult?

Can We Stop Treating Addiction Like an Insult?

The cannabis community is comprised of many disparate groups, forced together by their mutual interest in this incredible plant. There are people who enjoy social smoking and use cannabis recreationally. There are people with serious medical conditions that rely on cannabis medicines to reduce their symptoms, stimulate appetite, control pain or get some sleep. There […]

Cannabis, Compassion and Culture: Ladybud Is Back from Break

Cannabis, Compassion and Culture: Ladybud Is Back from Break

Time has a way of slipping forward ruthlessly, no matter our best intentions. In some ways, it seems like only yesterday that Ladybud was publishing every weekday. In the meantime, many of the people involved with the publication have begun doing incredible things, like the Ladybud Show livestream podcast. During that long, on-again, off-again break, […]

Support the Annual Parents 4 Pot Holiday Gift Drive

Support the Annual Parents 4 Pot Holiday Gift Drive

Feature photo: ‘Tiny Weed’ by Diane Fornbacher/Ladybud Magazine It’s time again for the Parents 4 Pot Holiday Drive which benefits the families of prisoners incarcerated for cannabis. In addition, the annual drive also benefits the families of cannabis activists who are also patients and activists in need. This is the fourth year that P4P has […]

In Honor of Mickey Martin: Our Fearless and Beloved Cannabis Warrior

In Honor of Mickey Martin: Our Fearless and Beloved Cannabis Warrior

  Dedicated cannabis and anti-drug war activist, Mickey Martin, passed away on June 20, 2017 of a heart attack at his home. To those who were close to him, this was a horrific punch to the solar plexus and to our collective work. He was gone suddenly in his early 40’s and far too soon […]

Poem: Humble Cannabis Roots

Poem: Humble Cannabis Roots

Remember your humble cannabis roots Forget all the flashes of light And the pretty photos Drop the attitude behind the titles The glitter of newness Reach back through the centuries Of human toil in the backwoods Of plants reaching sky high Towards their mission of freedom You are a little spec of an atom As […]

Self Care is a Community Service

Self Care is a Community Service

As activists, it is sometimes hard to shut off the heart and the mind, as the world is in perpetual motion and chaos. Social media is rife with cynicism, excruciating news and clap backs. Our President-elect is the embodiment of every bully, elitist, predator, and well, a lot more. As such, the compulsion to DO […]

Lady Business: Activist and Industry Collaborator Dawn Blackman

Lady Business: Activist and Industry Collaborator Dawn Blackman

There are hundreds of cannabis events focusing on medical and recreational cannabis in Denver, Colorado every week. And at these many events, one might notice an ever-present individual helping to register guests, dignitaries, tourists, speakers and patients. That person would be Dawn Blackman, who is currently the Community Empowerment Director for Women’s Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, […]

Around the World in Nine Months with Ladybud Web Show Co-Host and Activist Crystal Guess

Around the World in Nine Months with Ladybud Web Show Co-Host and Activist Crystal Guess

Crystal Guess helped launch Women’s Marijuana Movement back in 2010 at the Colorado State Capitol building. Before that, she was the Managing Director for the Professional Bartending School based out of Arlington, Virginia. It is one of the largest, most prestigious bartending schools in the country.  She lived and worked in the alcohol world for years without […]

Massachusetts Cannabis Prohibitionist Tactics Steeped in Deception, Dirty Dealing, Duplicity

Massachusetts Cannabis Prohibitionist Tactics Steeped in Deception, Dirty Dealing, Duplicity

Prohibition counts on ignorance and making strange bedfellows to perpetuate the human disaster of keeping cannabis from citizens. This past week, we read a great investigative piece by Massachusetts cannabis activist and journalist Mike Crawford who works with the Boston Institute for Non-Profit Journalism about the shady behind-the-scenes dealings of various state politicians on the take […]