A Few of Ladybud’s Favorite Cannabis and Drug War Books by Women

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Starting & Running a Marijuana Business (Idiot’s Guides) Paperback
Author: Debby Goldsberry

Debby Goldsberry is a humble titan of the movement and industry who released this lovely primer in June 2017. Though we wish her publisher had used a woman on the cover, the contents are necessary at a pivotal time in pseudo-legalization. Debby, who is always busy helping to craft laws with inter-sectional focus and equitable access in her home state of California as well as lobbying on a national level, has been an influence internationally as well. A close family and movement friend of Ladybud Publisher Diane Fornbacher, Goldsberry was interviewed and featured in Lady Business in 2014. Currently, she’s CEO at Magnolia Oakland, a collective of patients serving patients that is located in Oakland, CA. Debby is also the Co-Owner of newly opened Hi Fidelity, a medical cannabis dispensary managed by Amoeba Music and is located in Berkeley, CA on the famed cultural environs of Telegraph Avenue, a symbol of the Counterculture of the 1960s.

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women
Author: Susan Burton with Cari Lynn & Foreward by Michelle Alexander

Winner of the 49th NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work as well as many other notable literary accolades, Susan Burton’s book details growing up with abuse, struggles with drug addiction, and how she became an advocate for the restoration of civil rights and human rights to former prisoners. She is the founder of A New Way of Life, a nonprofit that provides sober housing and other support to formerly incarcerated women.

The Easy Cannabis Cookbook: 60+ Medical Marijuana Recipes for Sweet and Savory Edibles
by Cheri Sicard

Cheri Sicard, Writer and Partner at Z-Dog Media since 2001, is a force in the cannabis movement and an advocate for drug war prisoners. Her most recent book is an offering of more than 60 sumptuous cannabis recipes that are riveting for the newbie yet refreshing for the connoisseur. It’s not simply a one-off, hitch-a-ride-on-the-cultural-phenomenon of the “new pot era.” She’s also the author of Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women and The Cannabis Gourmet Cookbook, the latter of which she promoted at Ladybud Magazine 420 party in 2012 in Denver, CO. She was featured in Lady Business in 2012 and was interviewed by Diane Fornbacher. Cheri has been involved in cannabis legalization for a long while and we at Ladybud appreciate what she’s done as she’s also helped develop the culture while remembering the people still in prison for cannabis by giving their stories to the public so we may free them and support their long-suffering families. Supporting her endeavors as a writer has helped her continue her activism and we think it most appropropriate to recommend her quality books.

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Click here to go to Cheri’s Blog: Cannabis Cheri (recipes, advice, advocacy)

The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine
by Jessica Catalano

Another humble yet talented human is writer, photographer and chef, Jessica Catalano has been featured in
Ladybud as a Lady Business interview as well as VICE and VOGUE. She’s written for Ladybud, sharing her recipes, philosophy on cannabis access and spirituality and some of her favorite gardening products. Her book, published by Green Candy Press, is a beautiful testament to her organic-only philosophy and she specializes in strain-specific medicated cooking and baking that enhances the flavor profiles of the dishes she creates. Her book makes a beautiful gift with its fantastic photographs and easy-to-follow recipes. Catalano is a medical cannabis patient and has been cooking with marijuana since early 1997 for medicinal purposes. She continues to strive for excellence both in cooking, baking and medical cannabis knowledge. Her goal is to help as many medical cannabis patients as she possibly can, creating a better quality of life for them. For more articles written by Jessica for Ladybud, click here. To go to her regularly updated blog, please go here.

Stinky Steve Series (Volume 1-4)
By Maggie Volpo
Illustrated by Mauricio J. Flores

Written by current Ladybud Magazine Managing Editor, Maggie thought to write the series when her family was running a dispensary, where she saw lot of patients with children who were hiding their medicine from their children and/or lying to them about it. She realized that most of the kids out there whose parents use cannabis or are caregivers were educating themselves about cannabis but that meant that their primary resources were pop culture, what they learn in school, and their peers. Many didn’t know who to trust, but most of them do know what they’re being told in school about cannabis isn’t true. The Stinky Steve series is meant to help adults talk openly and honestly with children about cannabis and cannabis safety. Titles in the series cover medical cannabis, daddy’s dabs, grandma’s grow room, and mommy’s edibles.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander with introduction by Cornel West

Michelle Alexander is an associate professor of law at Ohio State University and holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Formerly the director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Project in Northern California, Alexander served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. Published in 2012, The New Jim Crow makes the case that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control.” This book fueled what has become a social movement to help understand and therefore hopefully end The War on Drugs, which is essentially a re-factored war on people of color and the supposed foundations upon which our country was founded. Alexander does not mince words and is a key figure in criticizing a racially disparate arrest and incarceration rate that has less to do with drugs than it does dividing and stifling our citizens though the inhumane practices of the War on Drugs.

Betty’s (Little Basement) Garden
by Laurel Dewey (Author)

Ladybud first became aware of Laurel Dewey when she wrote an article for us making the case for cannabis helping addicts overcome addiction with ‘Could Cannabis Really be An Exit Drug’ in 2014, a piece which launched several other articles by the same or very similar titles throughout the cannabis industry and mainstream media. Prior to writing Betty’s (Little Basement) Garden, Dewey was a critic of cannabis and was primarily known for the international bestselling mystery/thriller series featuring tough homicide detective, Jane Perry.  She’s written in many different genres, including two non-fiction books on plant medicine. In her article for Ladybud, she explains her change in attitude about cannabis that eventually led to her writing a fictional book about a patriotic former Texas pageant queen comes to the shocking and debilitating conclusion that her entire life has been wasted. Her main character’s staunch conservative world changes drastically, causing Betty to question every belief and opinion she’s ever had including her views on the efficacy of cannabis and how to revive an entrepreneurial spirit with her little basement garden. It’s a thick read at 450 pages but very interesting.