Anthropology

…the ancients knew a thing or two about drugs

…recognition of the fundamental, positive role played by drugs and ecstatic experience may run contrary to the negative bias shaped by the backlash against the counterculture of the 1960s. Thus far, we find no ancient evidence for hostility or stigmatization. Instead, drug use seems to have been an integral feature of community life, as well…

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Aspen, Colorado activists pursue psychedelics decriminalization for 2023 ballot as voters prepare to decide on statewide 2022 legalization measure

…the brainchild of a working group that was formed last year after the Aspen City Council met to discuss possible psychedelics reform… …while local lawmakers declined to take action, advocates drew lessons from other cities across the U.S. that have decriminalized psychedelics and created their own ballot measure that was certified for signature gathering earlier…

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…psilocybin, we speak to local expert

…when the option for micro-dosing magic mushrooms is available… What motivates… a big step… join the forces to promote another controversial drug? Oregon currently ranks the lowest in mental health illness – a fact backed up by the Mental Health America statistics showing Oregon at No. 51 for prevalence among adults and youths. Original Article…

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Decriminalize Colorado grassroots activists to turn in signatures…

On Monday, August 8th, 2022, Decriminalize Nature Colorado will turn in their collected signatures, wrapping up an attempt to get a locally led decriminalization initiative on the Colorado ballot this November [2022]. IP 61 would revise the Colorado Controlled Substances Act to fully decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms and other entheogenic plants, make possession, use, and facilitation…

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…psychedelic microdoses

…highlights that most FDA-approved research studies focus on the clinical outcomes of using consciousness-altering doses of psychedelics during guided sessions, and that state-regulated models only allow access to quantities of psychedelics that dramatically shift consciousness.  …with a lack of regulatory pathways to accessing sub-perceptible doses of psychedelics… seeking to create a legal pathway for microdosing…

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Colorado voters will be asked to legalize magic mushrooms in November [2022]

…the Natural Medicine Health Act would decriminalize the possession, use and gifting of psilocybin statewide. There is a competing, citizen-led proposal, Initiative 61, that calls for statewide decriminalization of psychedelics without the establishment of a regulated market. That campaign, led by Decriminalize Colorado, is still collecting signatures and has until Aug. 8 [2022] to submit…

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How safe is your psychedelic trip?

…consciousness-expanding retreats in destinations where the substances used are legal (or at least not explicitly illegal) are becoming an increasingly popular wellness ‘holiday’. The endeavour doesn’t come cheap; Beckley Retreats start from €3,600 in the Netherlands and $5,500 in Jamaica; Soltara’s start at around $1,875; the five-day Expansion retreat at Synthesis costs almost $6,500. By…

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More states may legalize psychedelic mushrooms

Ballot initiatives that would legalize psilocybin are underway in Colorado… last month, the president of the New Jersey Senate introduced a bill that would legalize psilocybin… the legislative efforts around the country have been propelled by positive clinical studies on the effects of psilocybin. Cities including Ann Arbor, Michigan; Denver; Oakland, California; and Seattle, have passed measures that essentially…

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…faith… in magic mushrooms

The long beard is the only outer marker of his new identity: Before pivoting to mushroom churches, Urquhart was one of the most powerful Republicans in the Utah State Legislature, serving from 2001 to 2016, with a stint as majority whip in the House before eventually moving over to the Senate… Huntington and Urquhart also…

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Prohibited plants [and fungi]… justice in drug policy

Self-cultivation. Many… around the world are growing their own plants [and fungi], either illegally or within decriminalisation schemes… and in some countries organised in social clubs growing collectively for its members… they do speak to socioecological relationships that… emerge beyond those anchored in enforceable contracts, private property, and alienating bureaucracy – elements that underpin a…

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