war on drugs

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 […]

Lady Business: Shawn DeNae of Washington Bud Company

Lady Business: Shawn DeNae of Washington Bud Company

Shawn DeNae is the CEO of Washington Bud Company, Wagenseller Building Company, Cancadia Corporation, A Cannabis Conversation.org.  I met her when she flew me up to Seattle, Washington to address the MJBA Women’s Alliance monthly gathering a few months back to speak on their presentation “Power to Lead”  with other respectable, classy entrepreneurs and activists. […]

One of Angela’s Brown’s Two Charges for Treating Her Son With Cannabis Dropped

One of Angela’s Brown’s Two Charges for Treating Her Son With Cannabis Dropped

This last week, there was some minor positive progress in Angela Brown’s pending prosecution; on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015, a district judge in Minnesota dropped the pending child endangerment charge Brown was facing. She is still facing a charge of contributing to the need for child protection and will theoretically go to trial to answer […]

Seattle Washington:15th Annual Christmas Day Drug War Vigil at King County Jail

Seattle Washington:15th Annual Christmas Day Drug War Vigil at King County Jail

This year marks the 15th year that Washington state activists have been holding a Christmas Vigil at the King County Jail. Every year since 2000, activists in Washington have gathered outside the King County jailhouse in a vigil to draw attention to the tens of thousands of non-violent drug offenders who are incarcerated unjustly and […]

Arizona Police Gun Down Medical Marijuana Patient and Father of Four

Arizona Police Gun Down Medical Marijuana Patient and Father of Four

Even as civil unrest and social outrage about institutionalized racism has been reaching fever pitch domestically, young men are still being gunned down by police. Rumain Brisbon is just one of the most recent examples of how institutionalized racism and a drug war out of control have lead to callous disregard for the lives of […]