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Senate Bill 964: Oregon’s Latest Bungle with Medical Marijuana

Senate Bill 964: Oregon’s Latest Bungle with Medical Marijuana

Oregon Measure 91 officials seem to be forgetting 56% of Oregonians voted for our leaders to create a new system regulating recreational marijuana, not ripping the existing Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) to shreds. Senate Bill 964 will only create a world of hurt for medical marijuana patients and growers. I am a current OMMP patient. I was […]

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Changes Stance on Cannabis, Says Legalization Can Work

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Changes Stance on Cannabis, Says Legalization Can Work

To say that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has been less than enthusiastic about presiding over the legalization of recreational cannabis in his state would be quite an understatement. During campaign season last fall, he called legalization “reckless.” Of course, that opinion hadn’t stopped him from courting  funding from NORML for his re-election. His inability to […]

What the Fuck Are We Thinking?

What the Fuck Are We Thinking?

What an odd time in cannabis history. No one ever said evolution was painless. In fact, it is quite awkward. Watching the industry evolve from days of outlaw diplomacy to corporate douchebaggery is a major struggle for me. On one hand there is nothing romantic about people getting locked up in prison for decades for […]

Colorado Cannabis Industry Reacts to PA Senator Leach’s Tour

Colorado Cannabis Industry Reacts to PA Senator Leach’s Tour

PA Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) giving the thumbs-up at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, CO – PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher Before my family and I moved from Collingswood, New Jersey to Highlands Ranch, Colorado, I had already been in contact with Pennsylvania State Senator Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) because he’s been such a proponent of medical cannabis […]

Canada’s Great Cannabis Disconnect: Lisa Kirkman’s Case

Canada’s Great Cannabis Disconnect: Lisa Kirkman’s Case

I live in what I consider to be the best country on this little blue planet.  I feel National pride like it’s a seventh sense.  In 2010, Canada hosted the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.  I was a sobbing friggin’ mess from the start of the opening ceremonies til the end and beyond.  I’ve […]

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Beyond Bars: Drug War Ideology in the Civil Child Welfare System

Among drug policy reform activists, there is a consensus that punitive approaches should not constitute the bulk of our national strategy to reduce the harms associated with addiction and problematic use of drugs. Whether in recognition of its fiscal irresponsibility, its conflict with public health goals, or its disparate impact on brown, black, and poor […]

The Sacramento Bee Gets it Wrong on Marijuana

The Sacramento Bee Gets it Wrong on Marijuana

The Sacramento Bee recently ran an editorial entitled “California needs to solve medical marijuana mess first.” Apparently, the newspaper’s editorial board believes that California should just observe Colorado and Washington for a bit, “before making pot any more available” through legalization.  In the meantime, the piece goes on to say, we need to clean up […]

New Rules for Cannabis in Colorado – a Bane or a Boon?

New Rules for Cannabis in Colorado – a Bane or a Boon?

PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher/Ladybud Magazine The Marijuana Enforcement Division of Colorado has released a new set of permanent rules governing the nascent cannabis industry in that state.  In response to a recent article that appeared in the Denver Westword Blog, some have been quick to criticize these guidelines, implying that they’re effectively banning solvent-based extracts, or […]