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Synthetic Marijuana aka “Herbal Incense”: A Legal High That’s Nothing Like Cannabis

Synthetic Marijuana aka “Herbal Incense”: A Legal High That’s Nothing Like Cannabis

People often call it by brand names: K2, Spice, or A-Bomb. It’s generically referred to as herbal incense, or sometimes, sythentic marijuana or synthetic cannabis. While it is true that the demand for these products arises from the demand for a legal alternative to cannabis, these technically illegal smoking blends (and they are illegal under […]

Glioblastoma, Memories, and Cannabis: Brain Tumor Awareness Month

Glioblastoma, Memories, and Cannabis: Brain Tumor Awareness Month

I vividly remember the day I learned my father had a brain tumor. I was staying with my mother at my cousin’s house, near the hospital where I was getting chemotherapy for my own cancer. I was about to go on a walk – I tried to do some kind of exercise every day because […]

Cannabis and My Kid: Making Our Own THCA Medicine for Pediatric Epilepsy

Cannabis and My Kid: Making Our Own THCA Medicine for Pediatric Epilepsy

When my son Calvin was two, he suffered a forty-five minute seizure. The emergency medication that the hospital staff had administered seemed to be having no effect. In my research of epilepsy I had read that the longer a seizure lasts the harder it is to stop, so my husband Michael and I, fearing Calvin’s […]

An Obituary for Sarah: Love and Loss in the War on Drugs

An Obituary for Sarah: Love and Loss in the War on Drugs

IMAGE: Neal Fowler, Creative Commons I looked for her for years. I asked around, I googled her name on the regular. Things would remind me of her now and then, and I’d be flooded with waves of regret that we hadn’t kept in touch. Sarah was the child of two schizophrenic parents. She didn’t know where […]

Legalization is the Only Route to “Compassionate Care”

Legalization is the Only Route to “Compassionate Care”

Limiting cannabis legalization to just medical use is a really bad idea. Not only does it hurt countless “unqualified” patients who can’t otherwise gain any quality of life, it violates our basic human rights by denying us access to this safe, nutritional, healing, versatile textile plant. Maybe it’s because I am not just a patient […]

My Daughter Needs Cannabis: One Family’s Story

My Daughter Needs Cannabis: One Family’s Story

By James Damian Stewart The photo above is me with my beautiful 23 year-old daughter, Kelly. She has suffered every day of her entire life, struggling under the pain of severe epilepsy, Cerebral Palsy, mental and physical retardation, etc, etc, etc. She now functions at the level of a 6-month-old baby.  In 1997, Kelly was 6 years […]

Dispensing Discrimination Against Dispensaries: Why is Medical Cannabis Signage Regulated?

Dispensing Discrimination Against Dispensaries: Why is Medical Cannabis Signage Regulated?

PHOTO: Phillip Pessar, Creative Commons Anywhere you drive in America, you are bombarded by strategically placed signage advertising a plethora of products to consumers on their daily commutes. Major retail chains and event centers advertise on billboards, along with alcohol and pharmaceutical companies. Businesses are allowed a certain amount of signage according to their community […]

Trading a Loving Heart for a Purple Heart: The Travis Gilliland Story

Trading a Loving Heart for a Purple Heart: The Travis Gilliland Story

Trigger Warning: This article discusses military service, PTSD, suicide, and self-destructive substance abuse and contains disturbing passages that could be triggering, especially for those who have served or are serving in the military. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: you start talking with someone of a more liberal persuasion about cannabis legalization and/or […]

New Voices: Mommy Needs a Toke

New Voices: Mommy Needs a Toke

PHOTO: Tr0tt3r, Creative Commons Why does mommy need a toke? I was, and still am, angry at the system, my so-called health care providers, my social workers; my government that I was under the impression would take care of me if the need arose. I needed to vent my anger about how the medical and mental health care […]

The Pathos Of The War On Drugs

The Pathos Of The War On Drugs

As a criminal defense lawyer, a great deal of my practice involves the defense of those who are caught up in the injustice of the Drug War. Even after three decades of drug defense, I am daily stricken by the futility, absurdity and unfairness of this monumental blunder, especially with respect to marijuana.  Recently, I […]