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Ladybud Writer Picks for End of Year Giving 2015

Ladybud Writer Picks for End of Year Giving 2015

Below readers will find organizations and individuals who have helped the medicinal and adult use cannabis cause as well as overall drug policy reform (which includes shining light on reducing for-profit prisons, juvenile detention, prisoner/family support). These organizations and individuals deserve our financial support for their work as it benefits us all on a national […]

Yes on 64, NO on 67: Pot & Personhood in Colorado

Yes on 64, NO on 67: Pot & Personhood in Colorado

You made history voting Yes on 64 in 2012. Here’s why you should vote No on 67 in 2014. Colorado voters made headlines at the polls two years ago when the passage of ballot initiative Amendment 64 made recreational marijuana legal for adults over the age of 21. The vote heralded a new era in […]

Pregnant  Woman Threatened with Forced Cesarean Section

Pregnant Woman Threatened with Forced Cesarean Section

Ft. Myers, FL – A Florida hospital has threatened to force a pregnant patient to have cesarean surgery against her will and to report her to child welfare authorities for exercising her right to medical decision-making. The threats were made in a July 10th, 2014 letter from the Chief Financial Officer of Bayfront Health Port […]

Tennessee Arrrests Post-Partum Woman for Drug Use

Tennessee Arrrests Post-Partum Woman for Drug Use

This article was published as a press release by the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, an organization that defends the human rights of women who are pregnant.   As if the recent Supreme Court decisions were not enough, the last few weeks have been a frightening reminder that it is not just women’s rights to […]

Child Protective Services & Family Court: The Last Gasp of the Drug War

Child Protective Services & Family Court: The Last Gasp of the Drug War

PHOTO: Jonathan Oakley What’s worse than going to jail for cannabis?  Your children taken away by child protection services for it.  If you’re incarcerated, you receive a specific custodial sentence — which may be reduced for good behavior or perhaps even commuted — during which you are guaranteed visits with your family.  You can count down […]

War of the Womb

War of the Womb

The Jim Crow fueled Drug War has produced at least one pernicious effect that does not get enough attention in many of our discussions.  Pregnant women, especially low-income women of color, are the object of scrutiny by purported child protection agencies. While a white, upper class woman may not be scrutinized through urine screens during pregnancy, […]