Biography/Memoir

Psilocybin is headed for the mainstream… it’s bringing the problems of Big Pharma with it

“That’s the case with the pharmaceutical industry time and time again: good intentions are marred by the drive to maximize revenue.” -Adam Winstock, MD (University College London, an addiction medicine specialist and founder of the Global Drug Survey.) While psilocybin is a naturally occurring molecule, the chemistry to develop a standardized synthetic version deemed safe…

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Mushroom advocates eyeing Boulder as next decriminalization [of nature]…

Boulder Country District Attorney Michael Dougherty has met with decriminalization advocates, and describes their meeting as “really productive and positive.” …plans to push elected officials in every Boulder County municipality to pass decriminalization measures. “I kind of see that as being the way forward,” says Matthew Duffy [who worked on successful Denver decriminalization initiative] . “There’s some…

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Santa Cruz has decriminalized magic mushrooms, ayahuasca, and peyote

Margolin says that advocates believe that selling mushrooms like any other crop will help prevent hiccups that have occurred in the recreational marijuana industry. “Activists so far prefer that the mushroom industry be ‘abrogated into already existing industries’ … so as to avoid some of the pitfalls that we’ve experienced already with cannabis legalization, where…

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…Michael Pollan changes his mind

As Michael Pollan steps into the role of psychedelic gatekeeper, we critically examine his recent NYT op-ed on slowing down psilocybin decriminalization … both the narrative presented in How to Change Your Mind as well as the narrative presented in his op-ed, it all feels to me to be a part of what I would consider to be prohibition-lite…

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…psychedelic companies are about to go public

Compass Pathways declined to comment on whether it’s planning a public listing, but the company is “always looking at options to ensure continued growth and funding,” chief communications officer Tracy Cheung said in an email. The FDA has “given clearance for a variety of trials at this point and it looks like they are going…

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Everything you should know about the campaign to decriminalize naturally occurring psychedelics

The focus of the Decriminalize Nature movement, Plazola insists, should come from a place of compassion rather than fear. He believes our relationship with nature has been tainted by over-regulation: Since humans and plants both come from nature, our connections to these substances should not be inhibited by the law. In other words, prohibition has…

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