rehabilitation

Mandatory Rehab: Just Another Prison for Non-Violent Drug Offenders?

Mandatory Rehab: Just Another Prison for Non-Violent Drug Offenders?

A lot of politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike, will happily sing the praises of using drug courts to force those facing criminal drug charges into mandatory drug rehabilitation programs instead of into prison. On the surface, rehab does seem like the kinder, more rational approach to working with non-violent drug offenders, but the truth is […]

Locked Up – Who, For What and Why? Three Questions We Fail to Ask

Locked Up – Who, For What and Why? Three Questions We Fail to Ask

On June 21st, I stood below the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. alongside hundreds of participants in the first annual Free Her Rally. Many of us had shared experiences of wrongdoing at the hands of the criminal justice system and it was no coincidence that many of us were black women. The reason for the […]

Produce Fresh from Jail: Salt Lake City’s Prison Horticulture Program

Produce Fresh from Jail: Salt Lake City’s Prison Horticulture Program

Gardening is a well known therapeutic, and luckily for some inmates at the Salt Lake County Jail, they are allowed to participate in a special horticulture program which teaches the joys of planting, maintaining and harvesting a garden in the ever-changing Utah climate. Citizens are encouraged to attend tours of the garden offered by the […]

Legalize ALL Drugs, Not Just Cannabis

Legalize ALL Drugs, Not Just Cannabis

IMAGE: L’Aubade, Pablo Picassso I was entertaining a customer in our cannabis vapour lounge (420 Session) a couple days ago.  We had the usual chit chat and banter about pot–what kind I like, what kind of vaporizers are best, you know, the usual.  Then the War on Drugs came up, and after taking a hit […]

Addicts are People Too: Choosing Compassion over Judgement

Addicts are People Too: Choosing Compassion over Judgement

Addicts are people, too. This is sadly something that many people in the cannabis community seem to be forgetting, throwing around the  words “druggie,” “meth-head,” and “junkie” as though a single factor (whether or not a person has used certain drugs) determines any human’s worth. Let me make something perfectly clear: being addicted to a […]

The Federal Government Killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Federal Government Killed Philip Seymour Hoffman

Over the weekend, the internet found something more important than the impending Superbowl to talk about: the Oscar-winning actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, was found dead in a New York hotel room. According to the police source that alerted the media to the death, Hoffman was reportedly found near baggies of what they believe to be […]