Thursday, July 29, 2010

Loretta Nall named to Top 100 Most Influential Women in Cannabis

I learned today that Skunk Magazine has listed me in the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Cannabis. I have not seen the issue and don't know what it says. I hope to have someone pick up a copy for me at Books a Million somewhere in Alabama. The nearest one to me is in Birmingham....or maybe Auburn.

I have to say it is a very nice surprise to be recognized for all of my work and dedication to the cannabis law reform movement. When I started my activism back in 2002 after a bullshit helicopter flyover-turned-raid I never expected that it would take me as far as it has or that my life would ever be this interesting and satisfying.

Many thanks to Skunk for recognizing me and my achievements.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Where do I apply?

From CNN:

Getting Paid to be a Pot Critic

Yeah...I could definitely excel and rise to the top in that particular job. I'd be there every day...early. Volunteer to work overtime every chance I got. I'd never be out sick. And...yeah....that's one 'drug test' I'd take over and over and over.

Where do I apply?

Monday, July 26, 2010

That's it! I am moving to the North Pole

I am so incredibly sick of this heat! Yesterday the read out on my truck temp gauge was 113 and only dropped to 108 after I had driven about 6 miles to the store. Today from 11 a.m. until after I got home around 3 p.m. the temp was 102. This is one of the most miserable summers I can remember. I have two air conditioners and two fans running 24/7 and it is still nearly unbearable in here. It isn't even cooling down at night!

Every year the summers in Alabama seem to get worse and worse. I would dearly love to live where the climate didn't get above say 80 in full summer. I don't care how cold the winters might be in such a place. I love cold weather. Right now I wish I was in a tub of ice cubes.

What are y'all doing to stay cool in this blast furnace?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Stick to poisonous snakes, Reverend!

A preacher in Cullman, (a very special place ;) ), complained about the 'pornographic' pictures on men's underwear....and the Sheriff got involved....and WALMART withdrew the packaging.

No, sadly, I am not kidding.

Cullman Times

CULLMAN — A local pastor’s complaint about a brand of underwear being sold with “pornographic” pictures on the packaging at the Cullman Walmart reportedly led to a recall of the product.

Frank Boren, pastor of New Hope Christian Center Church of God in the Springhill community, said he noticed the questionable underwear package while shopping at the store in May.

“I was in there shopping for some underwear one day, and looked at the men’s pictures on the packaging,” he said. “On a few of the packages they were very pornographic in the way they were dressed, in skimpy underwear, so I went to the manager and asked her if she thought it was inappropriate to be displayed.”

Here are some suggestions for the good Reverend.

1. Get a life

2. Someone subscribe that man to Playgirl

3. Hold a drawer check at the door of the church on Sunday to make sure no sinners come in wearing those drawers.

4. Reckon Jesus's loin cloth gets the preacher all hot and bothered?

5. Stick to dancing with poisonous snakes Reverend....since trouser snakes so clearly offend you.

It's idiots like this who make Alabama such a hellish place to live.

There are no pictures of the offensive drawer package, unfortunately.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Jail Sex Scandal in Clay County

Boy I tell you....the corruption never ends in my native Clay County, Alabama. I'd been reading tidbits of the following lawsuit in the Clay Times Journal. Of course, since it isn't a real newspaper with real journalists, but rather a local rag that exists only to prop up the powers that be and make the county look good, I didn't expect much to begin with. Thank goodness I have other sources for getting factual information.

Seems the jail administrator, Scotty Cotney, is suing two former inmates, a former jailer (Phil Green) and multiple fictitious defendants for alleging rape and sexual molestation at his hands or talking about rape and sexual abuse perpetuated by him. The two former inmates are counter suing.

One inmate, Daniel Hall, has made some astonishing and graphic claims. He claims that on multiple occasions over an 18 month period Scott Cotney took him out of the jail and to his trailer in Millerville where Cotney performed oral sex and other sex acts on him and sometimes video taped them. He also alleges that Cotney took him shopping, bought him personal food items on the jail account, and took him to get hair cuts. He claims that Sheriff Jean Dot Alexander was well aware of this.

Anthony Haywood, the other defendant/inmate claims that Cotney routinely singled him out of the line of men coming back from work release and took him to a separate room where he was made to strip naked and was fondled by Cotney. He claims that Cotney made him a trustee and assigned him to the kitchen as a cook and would grope and fondle him in front of other inmates. He alleges that on one incident the other inmates were overheard saying "Oh, Scott's got him another boy."

Hall also states that other inmates were routinely taken out of jail against the rules and made to perform work for jail staff, Sheriff's Dept. employees, employees of the court system, and individuals and businesses in the community. None of this work is related to state approved work release programs. Specifically, they were made to do lawn work, carpentry, auto mechanics and general manual labor for the above mentioned.

I wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be true. Clay County, Alabama is one of the most corrupt places on earth. Sad to say this kind of mistreatment of jail inmates is not uncommon in Alabama. Remember Judge Spanky Herman Thomas of Mobile who would routinely check inmates out of jail, have them come to his office, drop trou and paddle them for sexual gratification?

Ye Gads...A Hot Plate!

According to the Talladega Daily Home St. Clair county narcotics officers busted a mini-moonshine still on Tuesday. And when I say mini I mean mini.

They destroyed about 5 gallons of moonshine. One occupant of the house got away and the other was found hiding in a bedroom. Both are now charged with felonies....which is absolutely ridiculous!

This is about nothing more than the state not being able to collect tax money from the shine. Now taxpayers will be stuck with the incarceration bill, which totals $15,223 per inmate per year. If both go to prison then we will be paying over $30,000 for what.... $100 worth of shine?

BTW, Alcohol IS a drug so this line....

"St. Clair County Narcotics Investigator Cary Ward discovered something other than drugs Tuesday – a moonshine-making still"

doesn't make any sense.

And these lines from the story crack me up.

Ward said the still was a potential fire hazard.“They were using a hot plate underneath it for their heat source,” he said.

Ye gads...a hot plate! What an unfathomable, horrific danger to society!

Ward also said a child could become sick or even die from accidental exposure to moonshine.

And were there any children in the home? The article doesn't mention finding any at the time of this bust, or that any lived there. So, why mention children? Their scare tactics are laughable.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Back from Paradise

My family and I just spent the last four days on Dog Island, Florida to be known forever after as Paradise. It was absolutely wonderful. I am still shocked that such a place exists.

My husband found Dog Island after I said we should take a short vacation and that any place we went would have to allow my dog Saul. We all wanted to go to the beach, because the beach is just awesome, and the kids had never been. So, he started searching for dog friendly beaches in Florida and came across this place. Having no desire to be around drunk college kids or crammed together like sardines on a beach we had absolutely zero interest in a tourist town like Panama City. Dog Island fit our needs perfectly.

It's located just 3.5 miles off the coast of Apalachicola and only accessible by boat. You have to carry all of your own food and water over when you go because there isn't a single store or bar or any other kind of retail establishment on Dog Island. The Nature Conservancy owns the majority of the island. There are bird sanctuaries, turtle sanctuaries etc...The rest is owned by private individuals. There are about 100 full time residents on the island, which is 6.8 miles long, and very few of them appeared to be on the island when we were there. In fact, for the first two days we didn't see another soul aside from the boat captain's wife, who is the caretaker for The Pelican Inn. It was pretty much like having the entire island to ourselves. And that folks was truly priceless. An empty, beautiful beach all to ourselves.

Here's the scene that greeted us from our front door at the Pelican Inn.

The Pelican Inn is very rustic and basic, but has everything you could possibly need for a beach vacation. It is a huge 8 unit house and each unit is 400 sq. ft. and comes equipped with a kitchen, two beds, bathroom, air conditioner and table. Each unit also has a small porch and there is a 100 ft. porch across the entire building. The four units on the bottom are for people with pets. There is no TV and no internet unless you bring a wireless card. There are also private residences for rent on the island but they were out of our price range.

The land is an unspoiled, tropical paradise. Since there aren't many people there the sea shells to be collected number in the tens of thousands. Here are just a few that I picked up while there. The first one is my favorite. It is very difficult to find a large, intact conch shell. This one is breathtakingly beautiful!

Here is a pic of a beautiful sunrise on our second day.

We spent a lot of time walking but never came close to making it to either end of the island. On our second morning we woke up to a pod of dolphins frolicking out in the Gulf. The next day on one of our walks we saw more dolphins just off the tip of a nearby sandbar and we decided to try and get closer. When we got within 100 yards of them they stopped showing themselves, so we returned to the beach. No sooner than we set foot back on land they began to leap out of the water and put on a magnificent show for our viewing pleasure. It was truly awe inspiring. Sadly, I didn't have my camera with me and don't have any pictures of that amazing scene. We also saw dolphins on the return boat ride back to the mainland...but only the fins trailing the boat. Seeing dolphins in the wild is something I will never forget. Anyone who would capture and cage such a fabulous, intelligent, ocean-going creature and keep it in what amounts to a bathtub and make it perform tricks for our amusement deserves to be punished severely. That is nothing short of abuse. It is plain cruel!

There were also loads of huge brown pelicans everywhere. They are such an interesting bird and seem to fly in groups or three to five. We were hoping to get a close look at one but they never landed on the porch...always in the water.

The waters are also home to thousands of crabs. On our first day there we were in the water and my husband spotted what he thought was a he took off after it with the intent to catch it, look at it, and turn it loose. However, he soon discovered it was actually a huge crab and he immediately hauled ass in the opposite direction. We thought about catching some to eat but, when we learned that they had to be boiled alive, we quickly changed our minds. I'm majorly tender-hearted when it comes to critters of any sort and although I am an omnivore I could never actually kill a critter and eat it unless it was a matter of life or death. And boiling anything alive is just too horrible to contemplate. They sure looked tasty though.

Another neat animal we got to see lots of were sting rays. I was actually not expecting to see those. But, one day we were in the water and a small one swam very close to my foot. A few minutes later my husband started jumping around and said, "Ahhh, I just stepped on something squishy and it swam out from under my foot!" He then exited the water. He and my daughter saw some very large ones, but I only saw a few baby rays. They were beautiful!

My dog Saul had the time of his life. He is a house dog and in the summer only gets to go out for very brief stints when he is at home. It is just too damn hot to be outside a second longer than it takes for him to do his business. He was very excited to be in a new place and he frolicked, swam, dug, chased birds until his leash ran out, and walked for miles and miles. He also found a few sea shells of his own, which he retrieved from the water himself. He had never been swimming before but took to the water like a duck. Wherever the kids were he was also. There were loads of sea gulls congregating all over the place. On every walk he would stalk them and charge at them and make them scatter. To him that was exceptional fun! He almost caught a hermit crab once but I wouldn't let him. There were hermit crabs all over the beach! My son picked up one shell and was looking into it when a small hermit crab jumped out at him and nearly scared him to death. He thought it was a spider. It was hysterical!

Here are just a few more random pictures I snapped while there. I also have a few short video clips I will post later.

And here is one final picture of what I have no clue. Husband found it while walking on the beach and named it Blobby. I though it was fairly disgusting and didn't want to touch it. I'd be very interested in knowing what it actually is so if anyone out there has any idea please post it in the comments section.

I highly recommend Dog Island to everyone looking to seriously get away from the entire world. Away from the depressing news, away from the phone, away from traffic, largely away from other people, away from the internet ( will have withdrawals). It is a spectacular place for nature lovers and for families who have no interest crowded beaches, bars every few feet or novelty gift shops that sell crappy, air brushed t-shirts and wind-up jumping penises. It is also a great place for people on a tight budget. For our four days/nights in paradise we only paid $485 for our room plus $140 for the round trip boat ride. Any other beach with that amount of privacy, wildlife, shells, and beach only 15 ft. away from your door etc...would have been $300 a night easy.

If you are interested in going and staying at The Pelican Inn just click the link and email Ms. Jane Dorfer to book your room.

Warning: You may never want to leave.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Legalization would fill gap

My letter to the editor concerning the legalizing marijuana to fund Medicaid was published in today's Montgomery Advertiser. It is slightly different than the one which appeared in the BHAM News yesterday.

Legalization would fill gap

The recent defeat of the jobs bill and the possibility that Medicaid services will be unfunded throughout the coming fiscal year spells disaster for Alabama's poor. Pregnant women who depend on Medicaid will be unable to get prenatal care. Our state already has the second highest infant mortality rate in the nation.

Sure, we could borrow money, but with the national debt higher than it has ever been, there really isn't any money to borrow. Besides, there's a better solution.

Legalize the sale of marijuana to adults and use the tax proceeds to offset budget shortfalls.

Currently Alabama spends hundreds of millions a year to enforce marijuana laws. That money is used to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate non-violent citizens. It produces nothing except a huge burden on taxpayers and has no impact on marijuana use. It is the epitome of a negative return on an investment.

It costs $132 million to house the drug offender population in state prisons. That is almost enough to entirely fund the Medicaid budget. If Alabama legalized marijuana that would be another $132 million. That's $264 million. More than enough to fund Medicaid with $66 million left over.

Marijuana will never be eradicated, and people will never stop growing, buying, selling or consuming it. Instead of enriching violent drug cartels, expanding the prison industrial complex and bankrupting taxpayers, let's legalize it and use the money generated for positive, life-enhancing programs.

Loretta Nall
Alexander City

Please feel free to stop by the MA website and leave a comment.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

MARIJUANA: Legalize, tax it to fund Medicaid

A letter I wrote last week was published in today's Birmingham News


Legalize, tax it to fund Medicaid

The recent defeat of the jobs bill in Congress and the possibility Medicaid services will be underfunded for the coming fiscal year spell disaster for the state's poor. Pregnant women who depend on Medicaid will be unable to get prenatal care. Alabama already has the second-highest infant mortality rate in the nation.

Here's a solution: Legalize the sale of marijuana to adults and use the tax proceeds to offset budget shortfalls.

Currently, Alabama spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year to enforce marijuana laws. That money is used to arrest, prosecute and incarcerate nonviolent citizens. It is the epitome of a negative return on an investment.

It costs $132 million to house the drug offender population in state prisons. That is almost enough to make up for the federal dollars the state budgeted for Medicaid but won't get. If Alabama legalized marijuana, that would be another $132 million.

Marijuana will never be eradicated, and people will never stop growing, buying, selling or consuming it. Instead of enriching violent drug cartels, expanding the prison industrial complex and bankrupting taxpayers, let's legalize it and use the money generated for positive, life-enhancing things.

Loretta Nall

Alexander City

Sunday, July 04, 2010


Got an email this morning telling me that there is a 'Ron Paul' like candidate running for Alabama Senate in Dist. 9 (Blount Co.) and that I should donate money to TODAY! The email included a link to the website of Senate candidate Clay Scofield, so I checked it out. I am a big Ron Paul fan (on most issues) and was pretty excited about the possibility that someone with Dr. Paul's views is running in Alabama.

However, I was disappointed. On the issues page the following items are listed.

Clay Believes:

• No new taxes should be imposed on our hard working families
• In bringing new jobs and industry to District 9
• Education dollars need to actually reach our children
• In the need for smaller and more ethical government
• A strong military
• In the right of every law-abiding citizen to own a gun
• In traditional marriage between one man and one woman

Here are my questions:

1. How will Mr. Scofield bring new jobs to his district? All the candidates say this is what they want but, I've yet to see one lay out exactly how they plan to do that. What's that old saying? Wish in one hand....
I need details please.

2. How does his belief in the need for a 'smaller and more ethical government' wind up in the same line up as 'In traditional marriage between one man and one woman'? Smaller government means SMALLER GOVERNMENT and interfering in one of the most personal decisions one can make (marriage) is NOT SMALL GOVERNMENT. It is, in fact, HUGE GOVERNMENT. Got it?

3. I am all for the right of the citizens to own any firearm they want. That right is enshrined in the Second Amendment, which ranks only second to the Bible in Alabama. Plus, the Supreme Court just reaffirmed that it means what it why make it a campaign issue? Is there an attack on gun ownership rights in Alabama? Or, is it just that he can't come up with any real issues facing this state to campaign on?

This guy is no Ron Paul candidate. He is running on a traditional Republican platform of God, Gays, and Guns.


I don't know about y'all....but I have had enough of that bullshit mantra to last a number of lifetimes. So, Mr. Scofield, you won't be getting any cash from me. You are a hypocrite and we already have a few hundred of those elected in Alabama. We do not need anymore.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Where's my Little House on the Prairie DAMMIT?!

Everyday I turn my TV on from 2-4 pm and watch Little House on the Prairie on the Hallmark Channel. It is about the only show I watch with any regularity and I look forward to those two hours of 'Prairie bliss' all day long.

Well today, just a few minutes ago in fact, I turned on my TV, tuned into what was, up until yesterday, the HMC and saw that it had been replaced by CMT. HORROR OF ALL HORRORS! As if I needed another reason to hate country music!

Where in the hell is my Little House? It appears they have removed HMC from the Charter line up altogether and Little House isn't on anywhere.

I am so disappointed. I love that show. Always have. There isn't much decent on TV these days, but that show was a good one. How come customers aren't warned when things like this are going to happen? I wonder if there is any way to protest?

I want my Little House on the Prairie back. Right. Now.

UPDATE: Little House was moved to channel 161 in the Charter line up. I didn't look that far down the guide because usually for anything past channel 80 an additional purchase was required.