Medicine/Healing

Oregon House Bill 3369

SECTION 2. A nurse licensed under ORS 678.040 to 678.101 may discuss the medical use of marijuana with a person with whom the nurse has a patient-provider relationship. (1) “Attending [physician] provider” means [a physician licensed under ORS chapter 677] one of the following health care providers who has primary responsibility for the care and…

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Anthropology

Port Townsend votes to decriminalize psychedelics

City leaders in Port Townsend, Washington voted [on Dec. 20, 2021] to decriminalize entheogenic plants and fungi, joining a growing list of communities that have relaxed their policies… “After two and a half years working on this issue, we are extremely excited that the City of Port Townsend has passed a resolution supporting the decriminalization…

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Anthropology

Activists file Colorado ballot initiatives… psychedelics…

A national advocacy group recently filed two separate psychedelics reform initiatives for Colorado’s 2022 ballot, both of which are titled the Natural Medicine Healing Act… “It’s really important to advocate for full decrim first and foremost,” Nicole Foerster said at a December 16 virtual meeting of the group she leads, Decriminalize Nature Boulder County… “If…

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Biography/Memoir

Hemp batteries are eight times more powerful than lithium, scientists discover

“We’re making graphene-like materials for a thousandth of the price – and we’re doing it with waste.” Tesla’s new million-mile battery is made from lithium-iron phosphate, which is supposed to last twice as long as conventional lithium-ion batteries. While more abundant and cheaper than lithium-ion, lithium-iron-phosphate still can’t compete with the apparently far-more-powerful (and renewable) hemp… Original…

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Anthropology

…excited for in… 2022?

Many local advocates and practitioners see decriminalization efforts as the next big step for their movement… criminalization of entheogens “was really more political than anything else”… looking forward to seeing what else local advocates can accomplish to make them more accessible and safe to use… people “are finding very deep healing through plants that aren’t…

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Biography/Memoir

Sackler [opioid] ruling… [rejected & overturned]

U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon in Manhattan found that a bankruptcy judge overstepped his authority by approving the plan that gave the Sacklers immunity in return for $4.5 billion for those harmed by Purdue… has overturned a bankruptcy settlement worth more than $4 billion which granted immunity from opioid lawsuits to members of the Sackler…

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Politics

…Compass Pathways’… patent…

Compass will now have three months to respond to each filing. Then, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, a collection of administrative judges… will make a decision as to whether the petitioner demonstrates that at least one of the challenged claims is “more likely than not” unpatentable—and whether the case should proceed to a trial.…

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