June 23rd, 2011More and more NYC moms are using pot to unwind from the parenthood grind
Motherhood, a famously competitive sport in this city — especially in the tonier neighborhoods of Brooklyn — seems to be sending increasing numbers of stressed-out women bong-ward. As marijuana grows in acceptance (it was just decriminalized in neighboring Connecticut earlier this month, and is legal for medicinal purposes in 16 states and in Washington, DC), the leafy green drug is becoming a hipper alternative to that old standby, alcohol.
April 29th, 2011Rape opponents push pot to replace alcohol
A Colorado-based initiative to open dialogue about what impact, if any, marijuana’s legalization would have on sexual assault rates could soon plant roots in Lubbock. Shannon Drew, 20 and a Texas Tech sophomore from Amarillo, is using April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month to drum up local support for the Women’s Marijuana Movement, or WMM. The year-old effort aims to spark what national organizer Mason Tvert in Denver called “public dialogue...
April 28th, 2011Marijuana and sexual assault: Can you hear me now?
With April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Stephanie Morphet hit the steps of the State Capitol Building on Tuesday to issue a message to lawmakers concerning the illegality of marijuana. "The current legislation encourages — people in my age bracket particularly, university students — to drink, instead of use a safer form of recreation, being marijuana," the 21-year-old UCCS student recaps in a phone conversation.
April 27th, 2011Alcohol or pot: which is more dangerous?
Which is more dangerous - alcohol or marijuana? Based solely on law, it would appear pot is the more dangerous substance. After all, alcohol is legal in Colorado. Marijuana, for non-medical purposes, is not. But statistics show alcohol is actually a more dangerous drug, leading some to campaign for the legalization of marijuana. The National Institute on Drug Abuse published a study which shows alcohol is far more lethal and toxic than marijuana. According...
April 26th, 2011Marijuana advocates note alcohol's violence link
A group of women marked Sexual Assault Awareness Month at the Colorado Capitol with an unusual message for lawmakers—marijuana could help. About 20 female marijuana advocates wore purple T-shirts Tuesday and passed out fliers in favor of marijuana legalization to lawmakers. They argue that alcohol is more closely tied to rapes and sex assaults than marijuana, but laws and college policies inadvertently encourage alcohol use over pot use. The advocates included a...
April 26th, 2011Booze-fueled-sex-assault victim previews Women's Marijuana Movement event
At 11:30 a.m. this morning in the State Capitol's Senate press room, members of the Women's Marijuana Movement will mark both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Alcohol Awareness Month by arguing that increased cannabis use may help prevent rapes fueled by booze. It's a subject that WMM co-founder Toni Fox understands from personal experience.
April 25th, 2011Women and College Students Say Alcohol-Related Sexual Assaults are Being Fueled by Marijuana Prohibition
This Tuesday, April 26th, women, college students, and advocates around the nation will speak out against laws and policies they believe fuel sexual violence by steering people toward using alcohol -- a major contributor to incidents of sexual assault and date rape -- and away from using marijuana, a substance never linked to sexual violence. "I honestly believe I would not have been sexually assaulted if we had been using marijuana instead of alcohol at that...
October 24th, 2010Prop. 19: Fight over pot starts to heat up
"People are really fired up about this all over the country," Angell said. "We've got a huge bank of volunteers doing phone-bank work everywhere, and we're on most campuses. "The crucial thing for us is direct contact with the voters through the phones and outreach. We really do feel we can win this." About 1,000 volunteers from as far away as Denver's Women's Marijuana Movement have pitched in to spread the pro-pot message by phone...
October 21st, 2010California Moms Show Pot Legalization is Not Just for Stoners
Civic-minded moms have often been at the forefront of social change in America, from the abolition of slavery to women’s suffrage to alcohol prohibition. Ok, so maybe prohibition was a complete and total failure that caused a lot more problems than it solved, but the other ones were still pretty awesome. The good news is that California seems to have learned the lesson of prohibition (albeit 77 years late), with moms at the forefront advocating for an end to yet...
October 19th, 2010Pot Could Tilt Races In Oregon: Survey
...Activists from Just Say Now have made nearly 6,000 calls in the last week, organizers say, using an online tool to turn out voters supportive of Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana. Just Say Now is coordinating with the Women's Marijuana Movement, which is also phone-banking on behalf of Prop 19, targeting women, who tend to vote Democratic. Hundreds of mothers have signed a letter endorsing Prop 19, arguing controlling and taxing marijuana usage will make...
October 19th, 2010Moms announce support for Proposition 19
Election Day is just two weeks away, and one of the most controversial measures on the ballot is Proposition 19 that would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for personal use. The talk of legalizing marijuana in California has created a nationwide buzz. Tuesday in West Hollywood, a group of mothers spoke out in support of Proposition 19, saying it will create safer communities for all kids by reducing gang violence and eliminating the marijuana black market.
October 6th, 2010Women Speak Out for Marijuana Legalization in California, Nationwide
Women throughout California and across the nation held news conferences Tuesday to speak out in support of Proposition 19, the California ballot measure that would regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol. In California, they stressed the importance of getting out to vote for Prop. 19, and how its passage would enhance the safety of their families and communities. Elsewhere, women highlighted the example that could be set in the Golden State and announced efforts to begin...
October 5th, 2010Rally to Support Legalization of Marijuana
Drivers passing through one of Omaha’s busiest intersections over the lunch hour Tuesday likely noticed the demonstrators. A handful of people held up signs at 72nd & Dodge, urging marijuana be legalized. It comes as Californians begin early voting on Proposition 19. “It’s getting very good support so far,” said Melanie Marshall of Bellevue, who organized the effort on behalf of the Women’s Marijuana Movement.
October 5th, 2010Moms Unite to Legalize Marijuana
A group of local mothers who believe legalizing marijuana will help end the war on drugs rallied outside San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis's office on Tuesday to encourage her to support Prop 19.
October 5th, 2010Conservative Women Speak Out for Legalizing Marijuana
A group of conservative women in Texas are leading a campaign in support of Prop 19, which is the California ballot measure that would legalize marijuana. The non-profit group, Women's Marijuana Movement , is coordinating a day of action on October 5th in support of marijuana reform in Austin, Houston, Fort Worth and College Station.
October 5th, 2010Women's Marijuana Movement supports Prop. 19 via events in Denver & beyond
Proposition 19, the measure to tax and regulate cannabis for adult use in California, which initially looked doomed, is now registering more than 50 percent support in one major poll -- and Eva Enns of the Women's Marijuana Movement wants to build on that momentum with events today in Denver and twenty-plus locations nationwide. In her view, the support of women for marijuana legalization is key to its success in Cali and beyond.
October 5th, 2010Group supports legalizing pot
California and Colorado allow pot for medical uses now. But next month, California voters will consider Proposition 19, which would tax marijuana and make it legal for recreational use. The Denver-based women's marijuana movement wants Coloradans to consider similar legislation in 2012. Several members gathered in downtown Denver to introduce their proposal. Toni Fox is a mother of two, she says regulating rather than banning pot would protect her children. "It...
September 30th, 2010Marijuana legalization advocates to rally in Boise next wee
The Women’s Marijuana Movement, and its local chapter, Idaho Moms for Marijuana, are marking Domestic Violence Awareness month with a “National Day of Action.” The group will rally at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 8th and Front Streets to advocate for the legalization, taxation and regulation of marijuana.
May 13th, 2010Parenting Update: Moms for Marijuana?
Every Mothers Day, millions of American women receive cards from their children. In 2005, more than 150 million Mothers Day cards were sent to the 82.5 million American women who were mothers, and today there are 300,000 more mothers than there were then. Some Mothers Day cards are funny, some are bland, and some are handmade and sincere. And then some, this year at least, address marijuana legalization.
May 11th, 2010Moms for Marijuana?
A new and powerful strain of marijuana advocate is hitting the streets: Moms. A broad range of women's groups — including Moms for Marijuana and the Women's Marijuana Movement — are campaigning for cannabis to be legalized as a safer alternative to alcohol and tobacco.