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Legalization Stalls in New Jersey; Lawmakers Eye Medical Expansion

Legalization Stalls in New Jersey; Lawmakers Eye Medical Expansion

After months of seemingly uncontested momentum, cannabis legalization has started to slow on the East Coast. At the beginning of 2019, politicians and activists alike were enthusiastic about the prospects of adult recreational cannabis legalization in both New York and New Jersey. Everyone was most focused on which one would pass their legalization bill first. […]

School-Age Girls Shouldn’t Have to Worry about Menstrual Products

School-Age Girls Shouldn’t Have to Worry about Menstrual Products

Being a young woman is not easy in the United States. Our culture sexualizes girls even before they reach puberty. We also offer almost no accommodations to young women who experience menarche (their first period). For many, the arrival of their first menstruation is marked by pain, confusion, and embarrassment. As though dealing with the […]

New York City May Ban Pre-Employment Cannabis Testing

New York City May Ban Pre-Employment Cannabis Testing

One of the most frustrating things about medical cannabis programs and cannabis legalization is that there is still nothing stopping employers from discriminating against people who have medical or personal reasons to use cannabis. Many employers still perform pre-employment drug testing as a way to eliminate the potential hiring a cannabis user for their staff. […]

Prisoners Needlessly Endangered by Polar Vortex

Prisoners Needlessly Endangered by Polar Vortex

For many people, the polar vortex of the last week was a wake-up call to the unpredictable consequences of climate change. For many other people, the shocking consequences of the polar vortex opened their eyes to the very pressing need for criminal justice and prison reform in the United States. It became public knowledge late […]

New York Lawmakers Wants Insurance to Cover Medical Cannabis Costs

New York Lawmakers Wants Insurance to Cover Medical Cannabis Costs

One of the most frustrating issues about cannabis legalization, particularly medical cannabis programs, is that it often leaves those with low income or no income without access to cannabis. Simply put, people who have severe conditions often can’t afford dispensary prices and can’t grow their own cannabis due to disability or legal reasons. Growing cannabis […]

Manhattan DA Ending Possession Charge Prosecutions to Reduce Racial Disparity

Manhattan DA Ending Possession Charge Prosecutions to Reduce Racial Disparity

In an exciting move that could lead others to follow, the district attorney in Manhattan announced that his office intends to mostly end prosecutions related to marijuana possession or smoking. Of course, they aren’t stopped these prosecutions overnight. The DA, Cyrus Vance Jr., claims that his office will halt cases related to marijuana possession or […]

Upcoming Cannabis, Psychedelic and Reform Events

Upcoming Cannabis, Psychedelic and Reform Events

MY JOURNEY: From Fibromyalgia Patient to Medicinal Cannabis Advocate Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 6-9 PM Yak and Yeti Restaurant at 9755 E Hampden Ave., Denver, CO Teri Robnett (aka Rx MaryJane), Founder and Executive Director of Cannabis Patients Alliance, marks 29-years with fibromyalgia. This is a rare opportunity to hear directly from Teri about her personal experience […]

Kalief Browder: Imprisoned for Three Years at Rikers Without Trial Commits Suicide

Kalief Browder: Imprisoned for Three Years at Rikers Without Trial Commits Suicide

Content Note: This article discusses suicide, abuse and mistreatment/torture of a minor by the state. Kalief Browder was, by most accounts, a pretty normal teenager before his arrest. Then, on May 15th, 2010, just before his seventeenth birthday, he and a friend were stopped while walking back to his house in the Bronx, New York. […]

City of Brotherly Bud: Philadelphia Comediennes Chanel Ali and Alyssa Al-Dookhi Interview People about Marijuana

City of Brotherly Bud: Philadelphia Comediennes Chanel Ali and Alyssa Al-Dookhi Interview People about Marijuana

Two of Philly’s funniest ladies, Chanel Ali and Alyssa Al-Dookhi hit the streets last month for Ladybud Magazine with Comedian and marijuana activist N.A. Poe to get Philadelphia’s perspective on an array of topics related to cannabis. From Rittenhouse Square to the booze-soaked St. Patty’s Day Parade, the comediennes encountered a diverse cast of characters and […]

Green Handcuffs: Racial Profiling in the War on Weed

Green Handcuffs: Racial Profiling in the War on Weed

The war on drugs is racist. The steps on the uneven road to equality are not as few as many Americans wish to believe. Certain outdated laws intended to govern basic behaviors and safeguard personal freedoms now hinder our ability to balance the scales of justice evenly for everyone. Targeted enforcement and harsher penalties for […]