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For 50 years, zero tolerance to drugs has failed…

During any crisis, radical ideas tend to come from troops at the front, rather than from the centre. Drugs are no exception. …evidence of new ways of handling narcotics, soft and hard, has poured in from around the world. The Netherlands, Switzerland and Portugal have been in the lead, with the US and Canada across…

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Colorado springs city council president, stands up for psychedelic mushrooms’ during decriminalization…

The president of the Colorado Springs City Council recently surprised everyone when he commended the therapeutic benefits of psilocybin mushrooms during a City Council regular meeting, sharing a personal story about how… has positively affected his life. Decriminalize Nature is a national movement with chapters in cities across the US , all dedicated to the…

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Oregon makes possession…

of the following a noncriminal violation. Less than… 1 gram of heroin,1 gram of, or less than 5 pills of, MDMA,2 grams of methamphetamine,40 units of LSD,12 grams of psilocybin,40 units of methadone,40 pills of oxycodone, 2 grams of cocaine. Original Article (Oregon Legislature):Measure 110: background briefArtwork Fair Use: Public Domain

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…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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Mount Sinai [New York] launches psychedelics research center

Launched… Center for Psychedelic Psychotherapy and Trauma Research Mount Sinai Health System is New York City’s largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals… medical school, and a… network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Original Article (Eureka Alert):Mount Sinai launches psychedelics research centerArtwork Fair Use: Public Domain

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Oregon voters said yes to [decriminalizing] psilocybin… what’s next?

Unlike Oregon’s Measure 110, which decriminalized possession of small amounts of [psilocybin], Measure 109 did not decriminalize psilocybin. Instead, it calls for a regulatory framework… [Additionally, the authors of the John’s Hopkins-Lancet Commission on Public Health and International Drug Policy call for non-violent minor drug offenses including use, possession, and petty sale, to be decriminalized]. [And finally], November…

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…ground-breaking… [fungi]

With the traditional approach to mental health and wellness… already struggling… The legal exemption from the Canadian Drugs and Substances Act [under Section 56] , granted by the Office of Controlled Substances at Health Canada, paves the way… Original Article (Psilocybin Alpha):Legal psychedelic therapy comes to alberta with ground-breaking health canada decisionArtwork Fair Use: Øyvind…

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Trained civilians, not sworn police officers, could better respond to hundreds of 911 calls

Trained civilians, not sworn police officers, could better respond to hundreds of 911 calls. The good news is that other cities are paving the way forward with trained civilian community responders. In Eugene, Oregon, the CAHOOTS program has been operating for 31 years. CAHOOTS dispatches de-escalation experts to 911 calls related to mental health, substance…

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