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‘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 […]

Alcohol Is Killing my Generation. We Need to Legalize Cannabis.

Alcohol Is Killing my Generation. We Need to Legalize Cannabis.

For as long as alcohol has been a part of human culture, it has had a worrisome impact on relationships and human health. Before the rise of potable water and municipal filtration systems, drinking alcohol was a daily activity for many humans (although they did drink water, too). At this point in history, we arguably […]

Arrest of 80-Year-Old Grandma for Expired Card Highlights Issues With Medical Cannabis Laws

Arrest of 80-Year-Old Grandma for Expired Card Highlights Issues With Medical Cannabis Laws

The whole point of medical cannabis programs is to help those with a medical need connect with cannabis legally. Unfortunately, these programs usually have strict conditions for legal possession, cultivation, and use, leaving many people at risk for criminal charges. When state law enforcement choose to go by the letter of the law, rather than […]

Thanks to Activists, Michigan’s Medical Cannabis Law Could Cover More People

Thanks to Activists, Michigan’s Medical Cannabis Law Could Cover More People

Since its passage in 2008, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act has received significant scrutiny, both from those who want to expand safe access to cannabis and those who want to maintain the status quo of prohibition. The one thing that most people can agree on is that the language of the Act, in retrospect, didn’t […]

Great Lakes State Takes Great Step Toward Legalization

Great Lakes State Takes Great Step Toward Legalization

It’s progress that has been a long time coming. Support for legalized cannabis has been growing among Michigan voters for years, but in 2018, they will finally have a chance to vote on it. The signatures associated with a ballot initiative were finally approved by the Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers in a unanimous vote. […]

Decades-Old Rape Kits Being Tested, Assailants Being Prosecuted

Decades-Old Rape Kits Being Tested, Assailants Being Prosecuted

Content Note: This article discusses rape and rape culture. In 2009, a Detroit prosecutor discovered something horrifying: there was a backlog of untested rape kits in a warehouse, some dating all the way back to the 1980s. After records were checked, it turned out that there were more than 11,000 (11,303, to be exact) untested […]

West Coast Election Results: Congrats to Alaska and Oregon!

West Coast Election Results: Congrats to Alaska and Oregon!

Election 2014 is finally over, and it looks like marijuana won pretty big at the polls! Although the medical marijuana proposal, Amendment 2, was defeated in Florida, almost every other ballot initiative related to cannabis passed. After a long night of tallying, the results from Alaska are mostly in, and the experts are calling it: […]

MARIJUANA MIDTERM: NORML Says Smoke the Vote TODAY, November 4

MARIJUANA MIDTERM: NORML Says Smoke the Vote TODAY, November 4

by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director TODAY is Election Day and voters across the country will be faced with measures regarding marijuana law reform and some difficult legislative races. To help keep you on top of all the upcoming votes, we are issuing this helpful primer on what races to watch as the results begin […]

Where Are People Voting About Cannabis Today?

Where Are People Voting About Cannabis Today?

In Alaska,citizens will vote on Ballot Measure 2, which will create a retail industry for marijuana sales and give the state government the authority to tax recreational cannabis as well. In Oregon, voters will be weighing in on Measure 91, which would also create a legal framework for the production and sale of recreational marijuana […]

Justice for Milton Hall: Mentally Unwell Man Executed by Police

Justice for Milton Hall: Mentally Unwell Man Executed by Police

Trigger Warning: This article discusses police murder of a man who called them for help and includes a link to graphic video of the murder. For much of his life, my son Milton stood up for those who did not have the strength to stand up for themselves. But now he’s gone, gunned down by […]