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A Birmingham/Salt March Moment: The Cultural Tipping Point for Cannabis Legalization

A Birmingham/Salt March Moment: The Cultural Tipping Point for Cannabis Legalization

Before I became a stay-at-home dad for a medically fragile child, I was a social historian, studying how large groups of people forced “change from below” via organization and protests. With my specialty being African and African-American history, I spent a lot of time researching the history of the anti-colonial and civil rights movements. Now […]

PA Senate Passes Limited Cannabis Products Bill: Too Many Patients Left Out

PA Senate Passes Limited Cannabis Products Bill: Too Many Patients Left Out

In a landmark vote on Wednesday, the PA Senate passed a limited medical marijuana bill that would provide some limited cannabis products to certain qualifying patients in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians suffering from epilepsy, seizure disorder, PTSD, MS and cancer patients will have limited access to medicinal cannabis products. Senators Mike Folmer (R – Lebanon) and Daylin […]

Paula Joana: On Gratitude, Losing a Child, and Making a Difference

Paula Joana: On Gratitude, Losing a Child, and Making a Difference

IMAGE: Paula and Phil Joana with daughter Sabina and son Rocco. All images courtesy of Paula Joana. Editor’s Note: Paula Joana is the mother of Sabina Rose, who died in New Jersey in December, 2013, awaiting access to medical cannabis. Weed on My Mind by Paula Joana I want to take a moment to thank […]

Cannabis Makes My Son Feel ‘Normal’: Cooper’s Bowling Trip

Cannabis Makes My Son Feel ‘Normal’: Cooper’s Bowling Trip

Every Friday in March, all the special needs kids in our local school district go bowling. It’s a special event for the kids, and they all really look forward to it. But my son has never been able to participate until today. Cooper is 16, and his life has been difficult. When he was 5 […]

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 […]

Jersey Strong: Meghan and Brian Wilson on CNN’s Weed 2: Cannabis Madness

Jersey Strong: Meghan and Brian Wilson on CNN’s Weed 2: Cannabis Madness

The Wilson family relocated from New Jersey to Colorado last month,  and the day after their arrival they wrapped up filming for Sanjay Gupta’s “Weed 2: Cannabis Madness” documentary, which aired tonight on CNN. In the midst of unpacking and settling into their new home in Denver, the activist super-parents took time for a quick […]

Fighting FIRES: Branden the Brave’s Battle for Medical Cannabis Access

Fighting FIRES: Branden the Brave’s Battle for Medical Cannabis Access

“I’m a winner,” says 11-year old Branden Petro, who likes to carry around his trophies. There is a trophy for soccer, one for baseball, another for karate. But unlike most kids his age, Branden didn’t win his trophies at school – his parents went to a trophy shop and bought them for him when they […]