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The War Isn’t Over: The Wilson Family

The War Isn’t Over: The Wilson Family

PHOTOS: Joe Leggett Photography Many people seem to believe that recent cultural shifts and policy changes supporting state’s rights and the rights of medical marijuana and recreational cannabis users mean that prohibition is over. It isn’t. Especially in states that do not recognize medical marijuana, people with serious medical conditions are being victimized and made […]

Amy Goodman on Independent News

Amy Goodman on Independent News

I recently attended the Los Angeles Green Festival, an event showcasing eco-friendly concepts from sustainable food to hemp clothing to electric cars. As a blogger/journalist, the highlight of the event for me was a talk by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! about her new book, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope, a collection […]

Into The Sunlight: The Fallacy Of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

Into The Sunlight: The Fallacy Of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

by Janet Goree The heavy doors slam and lock behind me. I am assailed by the brightness of the sun on this beautiful winter day in Florida. I rush to my car to get my sunglasses. You are only allowed to take one pair of glasses into the facility and when I entered at 7:30 this morning, […]

My Trip To Visit Freedom Fighters In Sheridan Federal Prison

My Trip To Visit Freedom Fighters In Sheridan Federal Prison

PHOTO: Dark Room Riot, FCI Sheridan This feeling in my gut is hard to describe. Driving through the luscious green valleys of Oregon’s wine country, I almost forget where I’m headed. It’s an idyllic scene, straight out of a dusty American novel. Rolling hills, winding roads and endless fields of farmland. Then it hits me… […]

The Pathos Of The War On Drugs

The Pathos Of The War On Drugs

As a criminal defense lawyer, a great deal of my practice involves the defense of those who are caught up in the injustice of the Drug War. Even after three decades of drug defense, I am daily stricken by the futility, absurdity and unfairness of this monumental blunder, especially with respect to marijuana.  Recently, I […]

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: What 935 Months In Prison Looks Like

THE WAR ISN’T OVER: What 935 Months In Prison Looks Like

How FCI Sheridan Became Home For These Medical Marijuana Patients One month short of 78 years. That’s the collective punishment handed down to the prisoners in this photo. Their crime against humanity: providing marijuana to people who would have found it elsewhere. Look closely at these faces. These men and their families are the casualties […]

Marijuana Put My Crohn’s Disease Into Remission and It’s Not A Joke

Marijuana Put My Crohn’s Disease Into Remission and It’s Not A Joke

PHOTO: by Alx Bacca, me at 18.  I usually do not want to talk about having Crohn’s Disease. It is just a reality I have lived with for nine years, but never exactly dinner table discussion or an amusing anecdote shared with friends over drinks. It has been not just a major inconvenience in my life; […]

Medical Marijuana Activism & Parenting: Risky Business

Medical Marijuana Activism & Parenting: Risky Business

PHOTO Courtesy of Idaho Three on Facebook: Medical Marijuana Activist Mother and Patient Lindsey Rinehart of Compassionate Idaho one week after her children were kidnapped by the state Being a mom is hard enough. Being an activist mom is even more difficult. Combine parenting with drug policy reform activism while being a cannabis-medicating patient and […]