war on cannabis

Green Handcuffs: Racial Profiling in the War on Weed

Green Handcuffs: Racial Profiling in the War on Weed

The war on drugs is racist. The steps on the uneven road to equality are not as few as many Americans wish to believe. Certain outdated laws intended to govern basic behaviors and safeguard personal freedoms now hinder our ability to balance the scales of justice evenly for everyone. Targeted enforcement and harsher penalties for […]

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, […]

The Most Obvious Place to Start Prison Reform: Cannabis POWs

The Most Obvious Place to Start Prison Reform: Cannabis POWs

Photos Courtesy of Cheri Sicard In the course of my job as a cannabis activist I regularly say a lot of things that surprise the general public.  Since they’ve been subjected to decades of government sponsored brainwashing, most people are not up on the real facts which often run counterintuive to what’s expected: smoking marijuana […]

INTERVIEW: Ed Forchion “NJ Weedman” on Civil Rights, Chris Christie, and CBD

INTERVIEW: Ed Forchion “NJ Weedman” on Civil Rights, Chris Christie, and CBD

PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher I’m doing a phone interview with Ed Forchion – otherwise known as NJ Weedman – as he navigates New Jersey’s public transportation system during the evening rush hour. As Forchion walks through Trenton, moving from bus to train and back to bus again, I quickly realize I’m not the only one who wants […]

What Marijuana Prohibition Is Really Costing Us: An Illustrated Infographic to Share With Family, Friends, and Prohibitionists

What Marijuana Prohibition Is Really Costing Us: An Illustrated Infographic to Share With Family, Friends, and Prohibitionists

Every year, the federal government spends $20 billion on marijuana prohibition — money that is mostly directed at arresting and incarcerating individuals with small personal amounts of marijuana. This means instead of hiring new teachers, creating new libraries or improving national road systems, the United States is allocating its vital resources toward the prevention of […]

Rhetorical Question: Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

Rhetorical Question: Should Marijuana Be Legalized?

The internet, from entertainment personalities to politicians, from news outlets to blogs, social websites and beyond, are ablaze with the provocative question: Should cannabis be legal? Simply Stated: The short answer to this morphing, deceptively simple question is emphatically and unequivocally, YES. More Specifically: This seemingly uncomplicated question actually requires a thoughtful and emotive personal response worthy of […]

Parents 4 Pot

Parents 4 Pot

Parents 4 Pot is a new organization that is quickly growing in membership. According to the group’s website, “Parents 4 Pot is a dedicated voice for all families who support the end of hemp and cannabis prohibition.” Through direct action campaigns and community education projects, the group is working to eliminate the social stigma surrounding […]