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Lady Business: Sharon Ravert of Peachtree NORML

Lady Business: Sharon Ravert of Peachtree NORML

Dahlonega, GA 2005: An eight member SWAT team comprised of a drug task force spent 4 hours in the early morning raiding Sharon Ravert’s family home, holding her family at gunpoint, arresting and cavity searching her 19-year-old daughter at the local sheriff’s office, then jailed her daughter for 2 days, and found only a bud […]

ACLU Calls on Feds to End Militarization in Wake of Ferguson Murder

ACLU Calls on Feds to End Militarization in Wake of Ferguson Murder

Last week, local police fatally shot an unarmed African-American 18-year-old named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In the days that followed, there have been massive protests in Ferguson and heavily armed SWAT teams are roaming the streets in response. Our communities are not warzones. And yet the police, armed to the teeth, treat us like […]

My Family Versus the Drug War: Why I’m An Activist

My Family Versus the Drug War: Why I’m An Activist

My name is George and I’m working hard to make marijuana law reform happen NOW because my life and my family’s lives depends on it. Yours does too, but perhaps some of us don’t realize it. This Drug War has cost ALL OF US over 1.5 trillion dollars over the past 50 years. There are […]

ACLU Report Shows  Disturbing SWAT Trends

ACLU Report Shows Disturbing SWAT Trends

The ACLU released a new report on Friday, and it says something truly shocking: they estimate that only 7% of domestic SWAT teams raids are conducted for barricade or hostage situation. In reality, these paramilitary teams are kicking in doors in the early morning to serve search warrants (typically related to the War on Drugs). […]

Flash Bomb Incident Turns Mom into Anti-SWAT Activist

Flash Bomb Incident Turns Mom into Anti-SWAT Activist

Trigger Warning: SWAT Raids, terrible injuries. Alecia Phonesavanh has been through so much in the last few weeks that few people would blame her for turning into a media-shy recluse. Ever since her family sprang to national attention in the wake of a bungled drug raid that left her son in a medically-induced coma, she’s […]

More Than a “Bou Bou”: Why The Recent Flash Bomb Incident Demands Action

More Than a “Bou Bou”: Why The Recent Flash Bomb Incident Demands Action

Content Note: This article discusses horrific child injury and SWAT-style paramilitary raids. People want to believe that law enforcement officers’ sole objective is to protect and serve the citizens of the municipalities and jurisdictions they serve. Unfortunately, over the last decade, there has been a drastic shift in the nature of the police force in […]

SWAT’s Up: Michigan Cops Arrest and Charge Ganja Grandmother

SWAT’s Up: Michigan Cops Arrest and Charge Ganja Grandmother

Some days in Michigan, it’s hard to remember that we’re making progress. Even as public opinion has turned against the War on Drugs, law enforcement continues to crack down on cannabis users and growers, including licensed growers and caregivers. Given the economic condition of our state, it is beyond frustrating to see copious police resources […]

What Exactly Is A “Marijuana Mom?”

What Exactly Is A “Marijuana Mom?”

What exactly is a “Marijuana Mom?” The answer to that question is not obvious; most individuals will automatically assume if you are a mother or father for marijuana, medical or recreational, you are a no-good stoner who doesn’t contribute to society. This stigma has become the norm after 70+ years of federal hemp and cannabis […]

Reality Check On Marijuana Moms Media Coverage

Reality Check On Marijuana Moms Media Coverage

Recently, there has been a confounding media frenzy on the sensationalized phenomenon of “marijuana moms,” women who smoke cannabis to get through the stress of being a parent. The comparison is a familiar one, of “mother’s little helpers,” blatant references to 1960s housewives who would take a Valium or a Quaalude to ease the burden […]