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Marijuana companies urged Governor to ban… home cultivation, document shows. [are cannabis/psilocybin companies doing the same, now?]

Home growing—seen by many as a commonsense policy that ensures access to cannabis for individuals who can’t afford retail prices, live too far from a dispensary or just want to flex their green thumbs— [And] has been a feature of almost all legal adult-use marijuana systems operating in the U.S., with the exception of Washington State’s.…

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Purdue Pharma family profits from sale of resorts in regions plagued by opioid crisis

Richard Sackler did not comment for this story. Family representatives declined to comment publicly. Purdue Pharma, which created vast wealth for the family, filed for bankruptcy Sept. 15.  Some members of the billionaire Sackler family — the owners of Purdue Pharma, the company widely blamed for fueling America’s opioid crisis — will reap about $60…

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…looking to decriminalize

Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, stated, “The potential harms associated with any of these drugs is worsened when people are pushed into a position where they have to produce, obtain and consume those drugs illegally.” Trudeau was asked whether he would be open to decriminalization in the context of the opioid overdose…

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At the Sackler gallery, this… statue…

On Sept. 9, 2015, a Buddhist deity arrived at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler gallery in a wooden crate … The two-foot-tall sculpture of the ­bodhisattva Gwaneum — was once considered a living being, says Keith Wilson, the Sackler’s curator… “A princely figure, the bodhisattva Gwaneum has not yet renounced worldly possessions.” Original Article (Washington…

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After bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma… not be off hook

The company and members of the Sackler family, which owns it, expressed sympathy but not responsibility. “Like families across America, we have deep compassion for the victims of the opioid crisis,” family members said in a statement, calling the settlement plan a “historic step towards providing critical resources that address a tragic public health situation.”…

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The great pot monopoly mystery

“Utility patents are big. Scary,” Holmes said. “All of cannabis could be locked up. They could sue people for growing in their own backyards.” “This is extremely high-end shit,” Schreiber told me. “These are not millionaires. These are billionaires!” [And they] might have a near-monopoly over crucial intellectual property for a commodity whose soothing, mind-altering…

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After bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma… not be off hook

The company and members of the Sackler family, which owns it, expressed sympathy but not responsibility. “Like families across America, we have deep compassion for the victims of the opioid crisis,” family members said in a statement, calling the settlement plan a “historic step towards providing critical resources that address a tragic public health situation.”…

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DARPA attempting to remove “hallucinatory” “side effects” from psychedelics

…investigating… drug treatments targeting post-traumatic stress disorder and depression that can be administered without the “unpredictable consequences” of current psychedelic medicines. Underlying the entire Focused Pharma project is a suggestion that the supposed “deleterious neurological effects” of psychedelic agents such as psilocybin and MDMA, are fundamentally unrelated to the efficacy of the drugs. A great…

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[Who] may be next the City to decriminalize natural psychedelics?

It would prohibit the city from spending funds or resources on police and courts enforcing criminal penalties against naturally-occurring psychedelics. It would maintain the prohibition on buying and selling these drugs, but allow for personal cultivation. …emphasized the value of advocates speaking and working directly with lawmakers. “Things get done by working with people and…

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