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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 […]

Lady Business: Shaleen Title of THC Staffing Group

Lady Business: Shaleen Title of THC Staffing Group

FEATURE PHOTO: Shaleen Title by Alison Heckard, Bird in Flight Photography I first met Shaleen Title at a photo shoot for Pot Couture in Brooklyn in 2010 and while that publication is no longer online, we formed a strong bond that exists in this new paradigm of cannabis legalization. She’s one of the movement’s great treasures […]

I Am No Hero: What NOT to Say to Someone Who is Suffering

I Am No Hero: What NOT to Say to Someone Who is Suffering

Contributor Jill Hitchman-Osborn is the author of the Seizing Hope blog, which chronicles her journey parenting a child with epilepsy and her work as a cannabis activist. “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” Christopher Reeve  I am no hero… 1. Please stop […]

MARIJUANA MIDTERM: NORML Says Smoke the Vote TODAY, November 4

MARIJUANA MIDTERM: NORML Says Smoke the Vote TODAY, November 4

by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director TODAY is Election Day and voters across the country will be faced with measures regarding marijuana law reform and some difficult legislative races. To help keep you on top of all the upcoming votes, we are issuing this helpful primer on what races to watch as the results begin […]

Where Are People Voting About Cannabis Today?

Where Are People Voting About Cannabis Today?

In Alaska,citizens will vote on Ballot Measure 2, which will create a retail industry for marijuana sales and give the state government the authority to tax recreational cannabis as well. In Oregon, voters will be weighing in on Measure 91, which would also create a legal framework for the production and sale of recreational marijuana […]

#UNACCEPTABLE : No Safe Access to Medical Marijuana Means Seizures for Sick Kids

#UNACCEPTABLE : No Safe Access to Medical Marijuana Means Seizures for Sick Kids

This past Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, activists gathered out from of the Public Health Department in Boston, Massachusetts to express their frustration with the state’s inaction regarding the voter-approved medical marijuana law. Dozens of citizens with signs marched, chanted, and gave speeches demanding immediate action on the part of the state. Two years after medical […]

The Life and Death of Eric Sinacori, UMass Confidential Informant

The Life and Death of Eric Sinacori, UMass Confidential Informant

A pair of journalism students from UMass wrote an article recently for the Boston Globe about the death of a student. The student, Eric Sinacori, died in October of 2013. The cause of his death was not reported at the time. It turns out that he died of a heroin overdose. That’s sad enough, but […]

UPDATED NORML Action Alerts for Federal & State Cannabis Laws

UPDATED NORML Action Alerts for Federal & State Cannabis Laws

Federal Legislation: Federal: Congress Attempts to Undermine District of Columbia’s Decriminalization Law Federal: Measure Introduced to Form National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Federal: Senate: Vote Remains Pending On House Approved Budget Amendment to Defund Medical Marijuana Raids Federal: Measure Introduced to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Federal: Bipartisan Coalition of Lawmakers Introduce ‘Respect State Marijuana […]

#UNACCEPTABLE: A Direct Action Demanding the State of MA Put Patients Before Politics

#UNACCEPTABLE: A Direct Action Demanding the State of MA Put Patients Before Politics

On November 6, 2012 Massachusetts residents voted overwhelmingly to allow citizens to have access to medical cannabis. Nearly two years later the will of the people has still not been implemented and patients are still forced to go without cannabis medicine, or to seek it out from often dangerous black market sources. It is unacceptable. […]

Unpublished Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe: Why Ignore the Freedom Rally?

Unpublished Letter to the Editor of the Boston Globe: Why Ignore the Freedom Rally?

Editor’s note: We are publishing this letter anonymously at the request of the author, who submits content regularly to Ladybud. It was submitted to The Boston Globe and was not published. Reefer Madness Lives The Boston’s Globe’s only reference to MassCann/NORML’s 25th annual Boston Freedom Rally was a picture of a religious fanatic who has […]