Gay Rights and Marijuana Activist Jay Lassiter: “Let’s Make Weed Sexy”

Originally published at Ladybud Magazine   In 2009, lame-duck New Jersey Governor John Corzine (D) signed bills from the legislature both allowing same-sex marriage and medical marijuana in the state, knowing full well when incoming Republican Governor Chris Christie took office, he would veto both. “As a state, New Jersey is one of the hardest battlegrounds because…

REVIEW: Fruitvale Station

Originally published by Ladybud Magazine Before sitting down to see Fruitvale Station at Oakland’s historic Grand Lake Theater, I had heard that for Oakland residents the experience would be more like reliving memories than seeing a Hollywood film. The movie opens with one of the infamous cell-phone recordings of 22-year-old Oscar Grant’s shooting at the Fruitvale BART Station that went…

WHY THE ENTIRE MUSIC INDUSTRY SHOULD BOYCOTT THE STATE OF TEXAS (Except the Jonas Brothers, that’s your punishment Sheriff West)

Originally published at Toke of the Town Last week, singer-songwriter Fiona Apple’s tour bus passed through Hudspeth County West Texas where it was stopped by local law enforcement and searched for narcotics. The search turned up about an ounce and a half each of marijuana and hashish. Apple was taken into jail where she spent…

Paranoia and Pollution: Humboldt County and the Battle for Privacy in Post-Drone America.

Full article available in SKUNK Magazine, available early December. Humboldt County is probably the only place in the world where it’s just as likely to shop for groceries alongside a marijuana farmer than it is a corn farmer in Kansas. Marijuana is literally growing everywhere. “Look on Google Earth, they [marijuana gardens] are just there. You don’t have…