politics

White House Says Cannabis is a State Issue, DC Decriminalizes

White House Says Cannabis is a State Issue, DC Decriminalizes

Ladybud has been following the political situation in Washington DC surrounding their recent decriminalization law and attempts to legalize. Many residents and politicians from the District of Columbia have been crying foul as a state representative from outside the District has moved to block the implementation of their decriminalization law. All residents have been encouraged […]

Illinois Moves Forward with Medical Marijuana Rules

Illinois Moves Forward with Medical Marijuana Rules

Illinois lawmakers have heard the people’s mandate on cannabis and they are actually doing their jobs! Things have been progressing nicely for the Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. Rules have been approved and will  be set in place for the state’s medical marijuana program that will allow patients to begin applying for cards this fall. If […]

PETITION: Renew Fired Cannabis Researcher’s Contract

PETITION: Renew Fired Cannabis Researcher’s Contract

Two weeks after Dr. Suzanne Sisley was fired from her research position at the University of Arizona, citizens and activists are still rallying behind her. A petition has been started on the website Change.org, requesting that the University of Arizona renew Dr. Sisley’s contract, thus allowing her to begin her groundbreaking study on medical cannabis […]

New Jersey Moves to Fix Broken Medical Cannabis Program

New Jersey Moves to Fix Broken Medical Cannabis Program

Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, is a relatively notorious politician whose mouth seems to be under constant attack by his foot. He has recently come under serious fire for stating that there is no demand for medical cannabis in his state, that all medical cannabis programs are a front for legalization. Of course, […]

Parents 4 Pot Takes on CA Cannabis Politics

Parents 4 Pot Takes on CA Cannabis Politics

Parents 4 Pot, a non-profit mutual benefit organization based in California, has a clear mission to end cannabis prohibition policies that result in the destruction of families and decimate poor and minority communities. We are dismayed that the California Police Chiefs Association and the California League of Cities are using their lobbying muscle in Sacramento […]

The Politics of Pot in Pennsylvania: A Mother’s Response

The Politics of Pot in Pennsylvania: A Mother’s Response

Last Friday, NY became the 23rd state to pass a bill for the medical use of marijuana. It’s a very limited bill. It’s limited to only patients with certain maladies all because the Governor wants it that way. Why does he feel he needs to pick and choose which patients will get possible relief and […]

DENVER: Mayor Hancock Needs to Thank the Cannabis Industry for $3.5 Million

DENVER: Mayor Hancock Needs to Thank the Cannabis Industry for $3.5 Million

Denver Mayor Hancock’s office just issued a press release today thanking “Denver City Council’s unanimous approval of a $3.35 million spending plan that will allow the city to meet immediate regulatory, safety and education needs directly tied to the new retail marijuana industry.” It is offensive that given Hancock’s gratitude for the money, he fails […]

Signs You Might Be A Pot Mom Activist

Signs You Might Be A Pot Mom Activist

PHOTO CREDIT: Sabrina Fendrick/NORML • You don’t have a sitter for 420 festivities while working at the High Times Cannabis Cup for the NORML Women’s Alliance booth because the one you found got entered into the extract competition that same weekend. • There are no clean shirts in the dresser except manly square cut promo cannabis leaf t-shirts […]

INTERVIEW: NA Poe, Cannabis Activist for Philadelphia City Council

INTERVIEW: NA Poe, Cannabis Activist for Philadelphia City Council

PHOTO: Rachael Friedmann Richard Tamaccio aka Nikki Allen Poe is a cannabis reform activist and founder of The Panic Hour, a Philadelphia comedy-slash-activism group that led monthly Smokedown Prohibition events at the Liberty Bell with PhillyNORML beginning in late 2012. His arrest at a Smokedown event in May 2013, subsequent incarceration, and continuing probation has […]

Reform Activists Give Thanks

Reform Activists Give Thanks

We here at Ladybud Magazine are grateful for the year we’ve had with you, our readers, while we find our voices to lend to socially progressive issues — not just cannabis or overall drug policy reform, though we focus strongly on these issues. Our voices also allow us to unite with our brothers and sisters in […]