Spirituality

Oregon 1st in US to soften on hard drugs, ‘magic’ mushrooms

“Measure 110 [in Oregon] is arguably the biggest blow to the war on drugs to date.”, says Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which was behind the hard-drugs measure. It received 59% yes votes and 41% no votes, with roughly 1.9 million votes counted, according to unofficial partial results from the secretary…

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Politics

Supporting the decriminalization of entheogenic plants [at the American city and county level]

American cities have long possessed an inferred constitutional right to regulate commerce and public safety within their jurisdictions, a principle acknowledged by the U.S. Department of Justice Cole Memorandum that permitted states and localities to deprioritize law enforcement of cannabis charges… That the City Council hereby maintains it should be the policy of the City…

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Anthropology

…behind history… [some] far-right tattoos

Many people have… tattoos [Norse world tree, etc.] which express their neo-pagan belief, Scandinavian heritage, or interest in the myths. But there is no doubt that these symbols have also been co-opted by a growing far-right movement; [the] sonnenrad, or sun-wheel. [The Anti-Defamation League states that because sonnenrad imagery is used by many cultures around…

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Science

When getting high is [adult] hobby, not a habit

…offers the information in a spirit of radical transparency because he believes that if “grown-ups” like him would talk freely about the role of drugs in their lives, we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in… [Dr. Carl Hart, a tenured professor of psychology at Columbia University, an experienced neuroscientist, a father] argues that…

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Psychology

…psychedelic… health…

…work, in part, in a similar way to traditional antidepressants ­- they affect the chemical pathways in the brain involving serotonin (the hormone that influences mood and can make us feel good). However, they also have a range of other beneficial biological activities, like anti-inflammatory effects… our analysis shows that medicinal psychedelics have a statistically significantly…

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Biography/Memoir

…‘largest illegal darknet marketplace’ has been shut down

The 5,000-square-meter bunker, which was fitted with iron doors and went five floors underground, secretly housed a so-called “bulletproof hosting” service provider… [used to] buy and sell drugs, forged money, [etc.] German investigators collaborating with US, Australian, British, Danish, Swiss, Ukrainian and Moldovan authorities. The FBI, DEA narcotics and IRS from the US, along with…

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Modern Culture

Michigan prosecutor won’t pursue most marijuana or psychedelics cases, ‘regardless of the amount’

A county prosecutor in Michigan announced on Tuesday [Jan 12, 2020] that his office will not be pursuing charges over possessing marijuana or entheogenic substances like psilocybin and ayahuasca — “regardless of the amount at issue.” For entheogenic substances, [Prosecuting Attorney] Savit’s notice similarly says it is ending prosecutions for possession or use of the…

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