Seattle Hempfest

Lady Business: Shawn DeNae of Washington Bud Company

Lady Business: Shawn DeNae of Washington Bud Company

Shawn DeNae is the CEO of Washington Bud Company, Wagenseller Building Company, Cancadia Corporation, A Cannabis Conversation.org.  I met her when she flew me up to Seattle, Washington to address the MJBA Women’s Alliance monthly gathering a few months back to speak on their presentation “Power to Lead”  with other respectable, classy entrepreneurs and activists. […]

Seattle Washington:15th Annual Christmas Day Drug War Vigil at King County Jail

Seattle Washington:15th Annual Christmas Day Drug War Vigil at King County Jail

This year marks the 15th year that Washington state activists have been holding a Christmas Vigil at the King County Jail. Every year since 2000, activists in Washington have gathered outside the King County jailhouse in a vigil to draw attention to the tens of thousands of non-violent drug offenders who are incarcerated unjustly and […]

Lady Business: Sabrina Fendrick

Lady Business: Sabrina Fendrick

Sabrina pictured at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, CO – PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher/Ladybud Magazine I met Sabrina Fendrick in 2010 when we were on the NORML Women’s Alliance Steering Committee. She’s a spitfire and cannot help but to contribute to making the world a better place through drug policy reform with a strong focus on […]

PLAYLIST: Diane Fornbacher’s ‘Preaching the Word’

PLAYLIST: Diane Fornbacher’s ‘Preaching the Word’

Diane Fornbacher (above) Seattle Hempfest 2012 backstage before speaking PHOTO Credit: Sharon Ravert I’ve done hundreds of speeches, vigils, interviews, protests and presentations. Though I am told I am fairly decent at public speaking, I never cease getting nervous before engaging an audience. It’s all a mixture of being around many people in public, wanting […]

Remembering the Compassion of Peter McWilliams

Remembering the Compassion of Peter McWilliams

A special reading of A Question of Compassion, the last (unfinished) book by writer and activist Peter McWilliams, debuted on Youtube Christmas day. The Youtube channel We Remember Peter also offers additional videos featuring a wide cast of activists reading excerpts from Peter’s writings. Peter McWilliams was a self-published, New York Times best-selling author of many different types […]

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 […]

HEMPFEST 2013: Fashion With A Passion For Freedom

HEMPFEST 2013: Fashion With A Passion For Freedom

PHOTOS: Tawnee Cowan, unless otherwise noted. Featured: T-shirt, dress and skirt by Marcella Kelly. You may have heard about the speakers, the massive smoke outs and other highlights of 2013’s Seattle Hempfests, but did you know there were daily fashion shows in the Hemposium Tent? I co-produced the show, Fashion with a Passion for Freedom, with […]

4/20: Thank a Cop in Seattle!

4/20: Thank a Cop in Seattle!

PHOTO SOURCE: Seattle.gov With the upcoming cannabis holiday on 4/20, its time for me to ask everyone to help me celebrate by publicly thanking the many criminal justice professionals that are working to implement the will of the voters. Can we give them all a collective “high-five” and a hallelujah? Let’s start with the City […]