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Lady Business: Maggie Kinsella of Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition and NORML

Lady Business: Maggie Kinsella of Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition and NORML

Maggie Kinsella is a member of the Board of Directors at the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCann) and the state affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of the Marijuana Laws (MassCann/NORML) and also serves as the Press Secretary, Spokesperson, Organizer, and a prolifically productive volunteer. She’s a “Jacqueline” of all trades, so-to-speak and most recently […]

‘Beauty in the Broken’ Shows the Beauty and Bravery of Assault Survivors

‘Beauty in the Broken’ Shows the Beauty and Bravery of Assault Survivors

All too often, the only depictions we see in the media of rape and sexual assault victim are images of devastation, fear, and pain. While it is important to provide realistic depictions of the damage that sexual violence can cause, it can leave people with the idea that once you become a victim of sexual […]

Psilocybin from ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Help People Manage Depression

Psilocybin from ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Help People Manage Depression

Psilocybin from ‘Magic Mushrooms’ Can Help People Manage Depression When people think of magic mushrooms, they usually imagine a scene from Alice in Wonderland or perhaps a bunch of young adults at a music festival on a trip. Fewer people seem to recognize that these unusual mushrooms may actually have a profound and beneficial impact […]

Lady Business: Activist and Industry Collaborator Dawn Blackman

Lady Business: Activist and Industry Collaborator Dawn Blackman

There are hundreds of cannabis events focusing on medical and recreational cannabis in Denver, Colorado every week. And at these many events, one might notice an ever-present individual helping to register guests, dignitaries, tourists, speakers and patients. That person would be Dawn Blackman, who is currently the Community Empowerment Director for Women’s Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, […]

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 […]

Shaming Addicts Does Not Help Them

Shaming Addicts Does Not Help Them

Recently, there was a huge social media trending storm about two adults who had nodded out after using drugs in the front of their car while a child sat in the back strapped to their seat. Instead of trying to help them get medical treatment and assist the child by removing him from a traumatic situation, an officer […]

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 […]

How Marijuana Helps People With Cancer

How Marijuana Helps People With Cancer

There is a lot of exaggerated rhetoric in the cannabis world surrounding cannabis and cancer. Some people will go so far as to claim that cannabis and cannabis alone can and will kill all forms of cancer, despite the stage of the cancer’s progression and the type of cancer. Even a cursory review of information […]

Cannamama: I Breastfeed and Use Cannabis

Cannamama: I Breastfeed and Use Cannabis

A couple of weeks ago, after speaking with a handful of receptionists in an effort to find a new primary care physician, I realized there must be a large number of people who are unaware cannabis is the technical term for marijuana.  I discovered this when I asked for the doctor’s stance on cannabis use, and […]

Veteran: We Should Not Have to Break Laws to Find Cannabis Relief for PTSD

Veteran: We Should Not Have to Break Laws to Find Cannabis Relief for PTSD

I’m a 14 year veteran recently discharged for non-compliance to “Treatment”. I was removed from a line unit and assigned to MedHold until cleared by someone with a lot of letters and punctuation behind their name. There is no therapy or medicine provided by the military. In order for me to be compliant, I would […]