Anthropology

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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Anthropology

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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Nearly 100 cities are considering decriminalizing psychedelics, map shows

The movement to decriminalize psychedelics has spread so rapidly this year that it can be hard to keep track. …campaigns that have introduced City Council resolutions or are in the process of getting such measures on legislative agendas. Original Article (Marijuana Moment):Nearly 100 Cities Are Considering Decriminalizing Psychedelics, Map ShowsArtwork Fair Use: Scottdarbey

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