Anthropology

…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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Decriminalize Nature Portland announces launch of 2020 initiative to decriminalize psychedelic plant [and fungi]

The Congress… reiterates the organizational belief that entheogenic plant medicines must be treated as a sacred and individually considered category… “Oregon is in the middle of a peak in its mental health and homelessness rates,” said chief petitioner and DNP organizer Holly Sullivan. “And the last thing we need to be doing is locking up more…

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…‘magic mushroom’ board appointed…

…the only municipal body of its kind in the world with a mandate to collect data and report on the impacts of psilocybin decriminalization in a metropolitan area. Denver was the first city in the United States to decriminalize the personal possession, personal use, and personal cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms last May in a stunning…

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…mushroom decrim campaign cleared to begin voter signature drive

…psilocybin initiative would decriminalize personal use, possession, and cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms for residents over age 18. It would also allow clinicians and researchers to use psilocybin for medical and scientific purposes, create a licensing and regulatory system for retail psilocybin sales, and provide expungement and post-conviction relief for psilocybin offenses. Original Article (Filtermag):California’s Mushroom…

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