About Diane Fornbacher

Recipient of the NORML Pauline Sabin Award (2012) for contributing 20 years of activism to many grassroots & national drug policy reform organizations including Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), Common Sense for Drug Policy (CSDP), Tri-State Drug Policy Forum of DE, NJ, PA; PhillyNORML. In addition to being a former national Member of the Board of NORML, Diane was also Founding Member of the NORML Women's Alliance Foundation (NWAF), former member of the Board at the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey (CMMNJ), current Advisory Board Member at Parents 4 Pot and Supernova Women of Color. She is the publisher of Ladybud Magazine. Most importantly, Diane is a mother to two young sons and wants them to live in a more compassionate and sensible world. This extends to her volunteer work helping homeless women and struggling children.Fornbacher's writing has appeared in Good Morning America Parents, quoted in the New York Times and appeared on NYT Video News. In addition, she and her family were featured on Fusion Network with Jorge Ramos and Ryan Nerz. She has been extensively quoted by such publications as USA Today, FOX, San Francisco Gate, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Weekly, Oregon Post, CNBC, Denver Post, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Durango Herald, Washington Post, Yahoo! News, CBS, AOL Real Estate, The Associated Press, Al Jazeera and Huffington Post.

Posts by Diane Fornbacher:

Helping the Homeless and People in Need Feeds the Good in Everyone

Helping the Homeless and People in Need Feeds the Good in Everyone

With an estimated 7.9 million unemployed and over 500,000 homeless in the U.S., we are seeing an immense amount of our population in desperate need for basic necessities. Sometimes, we feel pressure when we are walking down the street or stopped at a light and people in are obvious need or asking for some kind […]

Lady Business: Nina Parks of Mirage Medicinal in San Francisco

Lady Business: Nina Parks of Mirage Medicinal in San Francisco

Nina Parks is the CEO of Mirage Medicinal, a California state-certified medicinal cannabis cooperative that delivers anywhere within San Francisco city limits. Nina is not only a businesswoman in the cannabis industry, she is also an artist, poet, community organizer and activist. Parks is also one of the co-founders of Supernova Women, a San Francisco […]

Ladybud Writer Picks for End of Year Giving 2015

Ladybud Writer Picks for End of Year Giving 2015

Below readers will find organizations and individuals who have helped the medicinal and adult use cannabis cause as well as overall drug policy reform (which includes shining light on reducing for-profit prisons, juvenile detention, prisoner/family support). These organizations and individuals deserve our financial support for their work as it benefits us all on a national […]

Poem: Ode to Mama

Poem: Ode to Mama

She was the cool hand on a delirious, feverish child’s forehead The soothing singsong voice of love without words Mama, mama, mama… Yes, she was a mama But once she was a little girl as well Skipping barefoot through a path in the jungle Plucking papaya from up on high Laughing through poverty with her […]

Jesus Would Want Women to Have Orgasms

Jesus Would Want Women to Have Orgasms

Listen, I don’t know Jesus. Never met the guy and do not go to church save for the occasional wedding or funeral although I would guess the dude didn’t have blond hair and blue eyes. Nothing against people with those physical traits, I’ve dated quite a few of them and am married to a redheaded […]

Poem: The Value of the Species

Poem: The Value of the Species

The earthly plane is chaos beauty disappointment rainbows jagged edges   Stuck between heaven and hell   We writhe in our own shit and golden madness…     Photo Credit: Shawnstpeter via Etsy

Lady Business: Megan Schwarting of Kush Creams

Lady Business: Megan Schwarting of Kush Creams

Kush Creams are Washington’s most award-winning cannabis product. In 2012 and 2013, Kush Creams won Best Non-Edible Medically-Infused Product at the HIGH TIMES Medical Cannabis Cup in Seattle for their Super Sour Diesel/Perma Frost that features delightful ingredients like peppermint, cassia, cinnamon, menthol, and cinnamon bark. The company was founded and is owned and operated by Megan […]

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children: Tipping Point May 8-9 FREE Conference Riverside, CA

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children: Tipping Point May 8-9 FREE Conference Riverside, CA

Tipping Point 2015 is a free 2 day reentry law conference and community building forum for legal service providers, advocates, community members, and formerly incarcerated people. The first day of the conference will bring expert panelists with a focus on best practices and remedies available to help formerly incarcerated people overcome barriers to reentry. The second day […]