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DEA Props Up Outdated Cannabis Policy with Rescheduling Scheme

DEA Props Up Outdated Cannabis Policy with Rescheduling Scheme

Despite concerns about a pharmaceutical entity grabbing control of the cannabidiol (CBD) market, many legalization activists thrilled at the announcement that Epidiolex received approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in June. It was reasonable to hope that the approval of a cannabis-based drug for use in treating serious medical conditions would soon […]

UK Seizes Cannabis Oil Intended for 12-year-old Epileptic Boy

UK Seizes Cannabis Oil Intended for 12-year-old Epileptic Boy

UPDATE: As of June 16th, 2018, Billy Caldwell has resumed using cannabis medicine. After his admission to the hospital and requests from doctors calling his situation a “medical emergency,” the Home Office delivered the cannabis oil to the facility treating him. Currently, it must be administered by the hospital, and his permit for use will […]

#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 […]

The Fire Within: The Story of Ben Valdez, Jr. and His Call to Cannabis Activism

The Fire Within: The Story of Ben Valdez, Jr. and His Call to Cannabis Activism

By Ben Valdez, Jr. Fifteen years ago, on May 20, 1999, in Salt Lake City, Utah, I was preparing to go to sleep in my upstairs office at about 8 p.m. As I readied myself for bed, I thought how lucky I was to be a sponsor of Utah’s very first initiative petition to end […]

Social Media, Closed-mindedness, and Uneducated America: Steps on the Path to Marijuana Reform

Social Media, Closed-mindedness, and Uneducated America: Steps on the Path to Marijuana Reform

IMAGE: Movie still from Reefer Madness, 1936. I recently came under fire and was told to go screw myself (that’s putting it lightly) on Facebook because I advocate and share facts and scientific studies about medical marijuana. The incident was profoundly hurtful, because I have known the person I was arguing with – and respected him – […]

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, […]