Setting the Record Straight on the Natural Medicines Health Act, New Approach, and PSFC

Recently leadership at SPORE posted a misleading statement regarding the Natural Medicines Health Act, following up the inaccurate op-ed that SPORE co-Executive Director Matthew Duffy wrote for the Denver Post (read my colleague Sean McAllister’s response to that op-ed). According to SPORE’s narrative, the New Approach PAC swooped in uninvited by any pre-existing in-state coalition in order to set up a regulated access program to financially line the pockets of wealthy donors involved in the Psychedelic Science Funders Collaborative,

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To the Magical Goddard Graduating Class of 2022!

On Sunday September 18, 2022, Dr. Bronner’s CEO David Bronner gave a commencement address to the graduating class at Goddard College. The students invited David to speak at the commencement—we share his remarks here as a window into David’s thoughts on life and learning and to help mark this occasion.  Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. 

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Ketamine-Assisted Therapy, A Light In The Dark

It was a sunny SoCal day in December at the Dr. Bronner’s parking lot. As a new hire, it was my first employee Holiday Celebration. The meeting was full of hearty and healthy foods, decadent Spiced Magic Hot Chocolate,and lively chatter. During the customary end-of-year presentations, President Mike Bronner announced a new mental health benefit: Ketamine-Assisted Therapy.

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Brittney Griner’s Long Walk to Freedom

WNBA superstar Brittney Griner’s February arrest at a Russian airport for carrying cannabis vape cartridges shocked the world. While this incident has clear geopolitical implications, her August conviction for drug possession and smuggling, and nine-year prison sentence that followed, was still heartbreaking. Throughout her ordeal, I have felt a profound sadness for Brittney and her family.

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Responding to the Anti-Semitic Bigotry and Anti-Indigenous Colonialism of Decriminalize Nature’s Leadership

Recently a colleague forwarded a graphic that Decriminalize Nature’s leadership was spreading around listservs. This latest defamation campaign targets myself and River Styx co-directors Miriam Volat and Cody Swift using anti-semitic imagery and tropes as well as flat out lies and misinformation about us (you can view the graphic here). The yellow stars in the images,

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Regenerative Organic Certified™ Launched! Now What?

Agriculture & Climate Climate-smart agriculture can no longer be considered an afterthought in terms of federal strategies to combat climate change. The science supports the abundant connections between soil health and carbon storage, climate resiliency, and healthy food systems. We need to diminish, if not entirely eliminate, the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers that raise our GHG emissions,

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On Pronoun Sharing

Why we invite but don’t require staff to share pronouns Respecting people’s identities and cultivating a culture where everyone is encouraged and empowered to refer to people respectfully—according to each person’s gender identity—helps make our workplace at Dr. Bronner’s, and ultimately society, more inclusive. It’s important to distinguish between sex and gender. Sex is assigned at birth.

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Celebrating Juneteenth—What Does it Mean to be Free?

Juneteenth commemorates the approximate day when the last enslaved persons were set free in America. The news of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 did not reach all folks in bondage overnight, and some slavemasters even withheld the information until after harvest season. Galveston, Texas was the last place the news of Freedom and the passage of the 13th amendment was shared as Federal troops came and read general Order number 3: “The people of Texas are informed that,

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Updates from the Field: Tackling Climate Change, One Acre at a Time

“We envision a world free of poisonous chemicals, factory farming, exploitation and income inequality, soil degradation, habitat destruction, pollution, short-term thinking, corporate bullies, greenwashing, and fake food.” Elizabeth Whitlow, Executive Director, Regenerative Organic Alliance The writing’s on the wall. It has been for years. Anthropogenic climate change is upon us, and it’s impacting everything from weather patterns to crop production to sea levels.

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Weed Like Change! Just Say No to Industrial Cannabis

Dr. Bronner’s has advocated for cannabis policy reform since the early 2000s—first focusing on industrial hemp, then pivoting to medical and recreational decriminalization and legalization efforts. We’ve long held that cannabis is a plant that can help heal our people and planet. Unfortunately, big business has moved into states where cannabis had been legalized, seeking to reap big profits and leaving legacy cannabis growers high and dry.

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