war on drugs

Oregon Approves Ballot Language for Magic Mushroom Legalization Effort

Oregon Approves Ballot Language for Magic Mushroom Legalization Effort

The west coast has taken on the role of leader for the rest of the country when it comes to dismantling the failed War on Drugs. California was the first state to legalize medical cannabis, and after Colorado legalized cannabis for adults, California, Oregon, and Washinton all quickly followed suit. This time, it’s Oregon taking […]

Corrupt Michigan Lawmakers Move to Ban Home Grows

Corrupt Michigan Lawmakers Move to Ban Home Grows

For the second time in a decade, Michigan voters made it clear on Election Day that they support comprehensive reform of cannabis laws across the state. 2008 saw a nearly two-thirds majority of Michigan voters supporting the state’s medical cannabis act. There was also a strong margin for the passage of the new recreational legalization […]

Ridiculous IRS Policies Punish Cannabis Businesses

Ridiculous IRS Policies Punish Cannabis Businesses

With legalization slowly spreading across the country, many major news outlets have started paying attention to what many have called the Green Rush. The Green Rush is a cannabis-related reference to the previous gold rushes and silver rushes that saw thousands of people transplant themselves and even their families in the hope of getting rich […]

National Expungement Week Results in Call For Major Legal Reform

National Expungement Week Results in Call For Major Legal Reform

Anyone even remotely familiar with the criminal justice system in the United States likely understands the need for extreme and drastic reforms. The current system assigns increasing penalties even for non-violent offenses. Those accused of drug crimes will likely face issues with civil asset forfeiture, along with criminal charges as the result of the failed […]

Michigan Legalizes Cannabis, Missouri and Utah Pass Medical Cannabis Laws

Michigan Legalizes Cannabis, Missouri and Utah Pass Medical Cannabis Laws

With an impressive voter turnout that may challenge previous midterm records, Michigan has officially passed its legalization ballot initiative. Proposition 1 will allow adults ages 21 or older who live in the state of Michigan to grow up to 12 cannabis plants in their own home. By December 6th, Michigan law enforcement will have to […]

Are Increased Cannabis Arrests a Sign That Legalization Doesn’t Work?

Are Increased Cannabis Arrests a Sign That Legalization Doesn’t Work?

One of the many reasons that people who support social justice want to move toward legal cannabis policies is because people of color have disproportionately born the burden of prohibition throughout the War on Drugs. In different states and cities, rates vary, but in general, individuals of Hispanic or African-American backgrounds are several times more […]

Cannabis Could Be Powerhouse Issue In the Next Election

Cannabis Could Be Powerhouse Issue In the Next Election

Certain issues drive people to the polls. They cause such a strong feeling, be it positive or negative, that people feel compelled to get out and vote. Different states and eras have had different issues on the ballot that influenced the overall voter turnout. Sometimes, however, you can see a broader trend on an issue. […]

National Expungement Week Could Help Those With Minor Convictions Move On

National Expungement Week Could Help Those With Minor Convictions Move On

The Equality First Alliance has a primary focus of addressing the civil injustice that has resulted from the War on Drugs here in the United States. Here at Ladybud, we have previously covered many topics that examine the overlap between social justice and the War on Drugs. For example, people of color, as well as […]

Meet MAPS, the Organization Funding and Conducting Psychedelic Research

Meet MAPS, the Organization Funding and Conducting Psychedelic Research

Now that we have taken the time to highlight most of the banned substances with established and acknowledged mental health benefits, we’d like to spend the next few weeks discussing research and organizations that work with psychedelics. This week, we will start out by highlighting MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. MAPS is well-known […]

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 […]