Pot Swirl Cookies for Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann found his calling pretty early on. In University, as many of us did, he liked a bit of booze. He also enjoyed the odd toke. And then one day, maybe while he was stoned — or hiding in bushes from cops for being stoned, you’d have to ask him for the details — he thought to himself, “Hey, why can I get thrown in jail for one of these things and not the other?” And then unlike most of us, a little woke moment about hypocrisy made Ethan go to war against the War on Drugs.

In 1994, while he was a professor of politics at Princeton, Ethan founded The Lindesmith Center, which would become the premier drug policy reform institute in the U.S. In 2000, the Center merged with the Drug Policy Foundation to become the Drug Policy Alliance, with Ethan Nadelmann as executive director. The Drug Policy Alliance is still going strong today, fighting for policies that will build a world where, “the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes committed against others, and in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more.”

What I like about Ethan Nadelmann are his many faces that all lead to the same basic place.

See him passionate and professional in his Ted Talk in Rio, saying things like, “the fact is, America really is crazy when it comes to drugs...Think about our global drug war not as any sort of rational policy, but as the international projection of a domestic psychosis.”


“Our true challenge is to learn how to live with drugs so that they cause the least possible harm and, in some cases, the greatest possible benefit.”

You can also see Ethan, laid back this time, having a chat with Joe Rogan, where he talks about the joys of living in New York, why he’s still kosher, how governors like Cuomo seem to have some kind of personal marijuana beef when there’s no other reason to stand in the way of policy reform, or how carpal tunnel syndrome might be in our heads (okay, so not all of Ethan’s convos lead back to the same place. But he’s consistent on drug reform).

My favourite face of Ethan, though, is his angry one. Watch him mop the floor with Bill O’Reilly.

“Bill, if you want to condemn child abuse and child endangerment, I AGREE with you, but let’s focus on that issue directly. Why do we need to arrest 2 million Americans per year, spend $100 billion per year, put 500,000 people behind bars, be leading the world in incarceration rates, in order to deal with THAT issue? We need to deal with that issue directly.”

I fell in love with Ethan a bit there, while he’s smoking ol’ Bill. Ethan and my husband can be grateful that we’re socially distancing right now, so I won’t be able to track the guy down and give him a hug. But I do want to. I even might take the risk during COVID, that’s how much I like watching him spar with people who are WRONG on drug policy.

Thanks for fighting the good fight, Ethan Nadelmann. These swirly pot cookies are for you.

#edibles #potedibles #politics #cannabisrecipes #drugreform


Difficulty: Easier than arguing drug reform while a right-wing harasser broadcasts creepy drug videos over your argument

Bag of Tricks

  • A cookie sheet

  • A rolling pin

Yield/Dose Assumptions

Approximately 30 cookies using 9 tbsp (125 g) cannacoconut oil yields approximately 5 mg THC per piece

Suggested Mood/Strain

Let's go for Kosher Kush, a relaxing indica that won Best Strain in 2011. (Ethan's dad was a rabbi, and he is still kosher, so that's as good a reason as any to suggested this strain)

Time Required

Fifteen minutes to prep, one hour to chill, and another 8 minutes for baking.


  • 9 tbsp (125 g) cannacoconut oil

  • ½ cup (90 g) sugar

  • 5 tbsp milk (1 tbsp reserved)

  • splash of vanilla

  • 1¾ cups (250 g) all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • a few turns of salt

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder (reserved)


  1. In the bowl of your favourite mixer, combine room-temperature cannacoconut oil (soften over boiling water if necessary) with sugar, 4 tbsp milk, and vanilla.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients, reserving cocoa powder. Slowly add dry ingredients to the coconut mixture, loosening with a bit of milk if necessary for it to stick together as dough (or adding a sprinkle of flour if too wet).

  3. Divide dough into two portions and set one aside for the white dough. Add cocoa powder to the other dough still in the mixer. Make the dough come together with the reserved tablespoon of milk if needed.

  4. Roll up your brown and white dough balls, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about an hour.

  5. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare baking sheets with parchment, silicone sheets, or grease.

  6. Roll your two dough balls into squares of even size and thickness. Place one one top of the other.

  7. Roll your square into a log and slice it into swirl cookies. Place the cookies on the prepared sheets.

  8. Bake for about 8 minutes until cookies are firm but not browned.

  9. Eat while yelling at Bill O'Reilly, even if only in your own mind.