Anthropology

California psilocybin [decriminalization] activists request online signature gathering…

In the letter to state officials, the groups said it “is vital that our democratic processes, including Californians’ constitutionally-protected power of initiative, be insulated from this [in-person] threats”… As originally planned, the campaign was “built off of in person meetings, cultivation classes, collecting signatures at farmers markets, music events, comedy shows, colleges, as well as…

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…freaking out over nothing: report [from Canada]

According to Stats Canada, the rate of cannabis consumption for 15-17 year olds fell from 19.8 percent in 2018 to 10.4 percent in 2019… …[and] the percentage of survey respondents who said they drove within two hours of consuming weed remained the same—13.2 percent. Original Article (Vice):Everyone Scared of Legal Weed Was Freaking Out Over…

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Oregon is the only State on the west coast that lets you smell your [cannabis] before buying it

Head north or south of Oregon’s borders, and the consumer experience is far more limited. The ability to smell before you buy isn’t just a regulatory quirk: In cannabis, fragrance—or lack thereof—can indicate freshness, flavor and, if you know your terpenes, effects. In California and Washington, state law dictates that cannabis flower must be sold…

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Nepal’s… legalize weed and ban booze

Nepal was one of the only nations to fight against the US and the international communities’ campaigns to criminalize weed worldwide. In fact, Nepal had a robust recreational marijuana industry with licensed pot shops, cultivation sites, and public consumption lounges until 1973, when the government canceled commercial weed licenses under international pressure.  Original Article (Merry…

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Massachusetts… magic mushrooms

I know what you’re thinking, but the idea is actually not as crazy as it sounds. In the past [9 months], Denver, Oakland, and Santa Cruz have each voted to decriminalize natural psychedelics, including mushrooms … momentum is building, and we will likely continue to hear more about this. When we do, we shouldn’t be afraid. “I think that…

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The duplicity of colonial authorities [in psychoactive plant and fungi species]

The history of cannabis in South Africa contains two particular trajectories that were sometimes in direct contradiction with one another. The one, the 100-year-old effort to prohibit its use. The other, a history of colonial governments and administrators trying to develop cannabis in order to make money out of it. The ripples of this historical contradiction are…

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…kratom culture…

“A third of our clientele are looking for a caffeine-free alternative to get them through their day,” Day says. “I’m talking soccer moms.” The image of wealthy moms slurping kratom tea in lieu of a cappuccino, or trendy Bay Area residents popping kratom pills socially just for its mild, mellow body high, cuts strangely against…

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