war on drugs

Good Guys with a Badge: LEAP Applauds Brave Speakers Pushing for Reform

Good Guys with a Badge: LEAP Applauds Brave Speakers Pushing for Reform

At Ladybud, we’ve always been big fans of the mission of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). This organization provides a valuable platform for the dedicated people who have spent their professional lives protecting and serving their communities. In January of 2017, LEAP changed their name from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition to the Law Enforcement Action […]

Happy 420 From Everybody at Ladybud

Happy 420 From Everybody at Ladybud

Today is a popular unofficial holiday for cannabis enthusiasts all over the world. This year, more people in the United States than ever before can celebrate this holiday without fear of criminal consequences. Celebrating 4/20 is legal in eight states, as well as in Washington D.C. as of April 20th, 2018. While Vermont’s lawmakers did […]

Can We Stop Treating Addiction Like an Insult?

Can We Stop Treating Addiction Like an Insult?

The cannabis community is comprised of many disparate groups, forced together by their mutual interest in this incredible plant. There are people who enjoy social smoking and use cannabis recreationally. There are people with serious medical conditions that rely on cannabis medicines to reduce their symptoms, stimulate appetite, control pain or get some sleep. There […]

In Honor of Mickey Martin: Our Fearless and Beloved Cannabis Warrior

In Honor of Mickey Martin: Our Fearless and Beloved Cannabis Warrior

  Dedicated cannabis and anti-drug war activist, Mickey Martin, passed away on June 20, 2017 of a heart attack at his home. To those who were close to him, this was a horrific punch to the solar plexus and to our collective work. He was gone suddenly in his early 40’s and far too soon […]

Powerful Women to Book for Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform Events

Powerful Women to Book for Cannabis & Drug Policy Reform Events

In the era of basic dime-a-dozen get-rich-quick-off-marijuana-conferences that seem to be taking place at any given moment, I recommend those of us with skills to offer cut our losses and start our own goddamn conferences with more interesting lineups.  Over the past few years, I had the great honor of meeting talented people around the […]

poem: the jailer

poem: the jailer

the text from the jailer says need alcohol so we meet at the bar at the top of the hotel you know he says over his scotch glass they wanted me to drug test my employees so I told them I have absolute trust with my officers if I ask them to piss in a […]

Dear President Obama: Please Stop Making Jokes About Cannabis

Dear President Obama: Please Stop Making Jokes About Cannabis

Dear President Obama, Please stop making jokes about weed. And while you’re at it, please stop telling young people that cannabis prohibition reform shouldn’t be a priority. You’ve been called out on this before, but clearly you are still out of touch with what’s going on in America. Yes, pot can make you laugh, and it […]

Lady Business: Shaleen Title of THC Staffing Group

Lady Business: Shaleen Title of THC Staffing Group

FEATURE PHOTO: Shaleen Title by Alison Heckard, Bird in Flight Photography I first met Shaleen Title at a photo shoot for Pot Couture in Brooklyn in 2010 and while that publication is no longer online, we formed a strong bond that exists in this new paradigm of cannabis legalization. She’s one of the movement’s great treasures […]

DEA: Bad Boys Sexing Up Colombian Prostitutes Supplied by Drug Cartels

DEA: Bad Boys Sexing Up Colombian Prostitutes Supplied by Drug Cartels

As a career police officer and an Executive Board Member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a group of law enforcement professionals opposed to the War on Drugs, I have long believed that one of the most corrupting influences in policing is the enforcement of our drug laws. A lead story on Politico recently shouted […]

Let’s Talk About Real Compassion for Addicts, Please

Let’s Talk About Real Compassion for Addicts, Please

For too long in our country, the rhetoric in the War on Drugs has focused on representing drug users as the “other,” as the bad guys in this culture war. Those who preach compassion and rehabilitation and harm reduction instead of criminalization are often dismissed as “bleeding heart liberals” willing to give anyone a free […]