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#StoptheSeizures and a Grandmother’s Grief at Losing Her Grandchild to Cannabis Prohibition

#StoptheSeizures and a Grandmother’s Grief at Losing Her Grandchild to Cannabis Prohibition

Sometimes, when running errands, taking a walk or just enjoying a rare quiet moment, I find myself overwhelmed with a sense of loss and grief.  My beautiful and most precious three year old granddaughter, Chloe earned her wings this past December 10th. Chloe was such a gift to our family, but after suffering a critical seizure that left her in a coma […]

What Would Jesus Do?  Probably Not Protest Marijuana Dispensaries

What Would Jesus Do? Probably Not Protest Marijuana Dispensaries

In a very un-Christlike display, Mount Calvary Christian Center, a Seattle church run by pastor Reggie Witherspoon, descended on the newly opened Uncle Ike’s dispensary yesterday. The shop, which has been open since Tuesday, September 30th, 2014, is apparently too close to their church for comfort, and they’re throwing the whole “love your neighbor as […]

Colorado Supreme Court Considering Marijuana Use and Employment Today

Colorado Supreme Court Considering Marijuana Use and Employment Today

The Colorado Supreme Court is hearing a case about whether it is legal for an employee to use medical marijuana on their own time today. In 2010, Brandon Coats was fired from his job with Dish Network after he failed a drug test by testing positive for cannabis. There was no evidence that he was […]

Prohibition and Paraphernalia in Utah

Prohibition and Paraphernalia in Utah

IMAGE: Scott Davidson, Creative Commons Once upon a time, in Utah… This is, unfortunately, not a fairy tale, but the story of a real Utah mom who is currently experiencing the appalling treatment from some of West Valley City’s finest. Picture this – an expectant wife and mother, riding in a car. That car is […]

Excessive Force in the War on Cannabis: The Death of William Reddie

Excessive Force in the War on Cannabis: The Death of William Reddie

William Reddie isn’t someone we should be talking about on a cannabis blog for one simple reason: he didn’t have cannabis in his system when he died (or alcohol, for that matter). Still, cannabis allegations and CPS involvement resulted in William’s death. More than two years later, the situation still doesn’t make any sense to […]

1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Serving Life Sentence for Marijuana

1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Serving Life Sentence for Marijuana

Racing fans might wonder whatever happened to one the world’s most exciting young stars, 1986 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, Randy Lanier.  These days Lanier can be found at Coleman Federal Prison in Florida where he is in his 26th year of incarceration serving a sentence of life without parole for a first time, nonviolent, […]

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 […]

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 […]