Anthropology

…former latter-day saint… started a psilocybin church

…founder and “protector” of The Divine Assembly, a Salt Lake City-based psilocybin church. Rather than a religious sect as typically envisioned, such as a building where worshippers gather for meetings and to partake of the sacrament, Urquhart sees the Divine Assembly as a revival-esque religious deconstruction, where members, in their own particular ways, lead in their…

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One year on, Oregon drug decriminalization…

 …there were 60 percent fewer total drug arrests in state over the 10 months after February 1, 2021, compared with the same period the previous year. 16,000 Oregon residents have already accessed services… the largest portion – over 59 percent – have received harm reduction services, like sterile syringes, naloxone and associated training, or safe…

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Virginia lawmakers propose decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms

The legislation would reduce the penalty for possession – currently a Class 5 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison – to a $100 civil fine. Three Virginia lawmakers introduced new bills to decriminalize the possession of psychedelics… have introduced legislation that would end felony penalties for possession of psychedelic mushrooms, citing the drug’s growing acceptance in…

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Seattle… psychedelics… [update]

Proponents of the legalization of psychedelics… Seattle’s City Council approved a resolution… to decriminalize a wide range of activities around psychedelic drugs, including the cultivation and sharing of psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, ibogaine and non-peyote-derived mescaline. The… measure extends what is already Seattle city policy not to arrest or prosecute people for personal drug possession to…

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Missouri… proposes adding access to LSD, MDMA, peyote, and psilocybin as treatment options

HB 2429 would expand access for right-to-try to not only those with terminal illnesses but also those who are afflicted with debilitating or life-threatening conditions as well. Missouri has had its own version of right-to-try since 2014… “Eligible patient”…has a debilitating, life-threatening, or terminal illness… …proposal reads, “The offense of possession of more than ten grams but…

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Port Townsend votes to decriminalize psychedelics

City leaders in Port Townsend, Washington voted [on Dec. 20, 2021] to decriminalize entheogenic plants and fungi, joining a growing list of communities that have relaxed their policies… “After two and a half years working on this issue, we are extremely excited that the City of Port Townsend has passed a resolution supporting the decriminalization…

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Activists file Colorado ballot initiatives… psychedelics…

A national advocacy group recently filed two separate psychedelics reform initiatives for Colorado’s 2022 ballot, both of which are titled the Natural Medicine Healing Act… “It’s really important to advocate for full decrim first and foremost,” Nicole Foerster said at a December 16 virtual meeting of the group she leads, Decriminalize Nature Boulder County… “If…

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