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Scientists propose adding psychoactive drug to… water supplies

A team of… scientists has a provocative plan to prevent suicides: lace drinking water supplies with the psychoactive drug lithium, which is often prescribed as a mood stabilizer. …the scientists behind the study suggest conducting “randomized community trials” that would basically entail quietly putting lithium in the water supply of some communities with high rates of…

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…DEA and FDA blame each other for keeping marijuana illegal

…representatives from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have each told him they’re on board with legalizing marijuana. And the agencies blame each other for blocking efforts to end prohibition. In a recent interview… was asked about his professional opinion on cannabis. The host of the popular daytime program of…

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…psychedelic humanities

On psychedelics, humanism appears to outdo itself: It overcomes its anthropocentrism and nurtures a general love of sentient beings… the magnanimity of psychedelic humanism [may]… do no harm to our exceptional place in the biological world: We will be the one and only animal that cares about all other animals and maybe even plants. A…

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How red tape… [psychoactives] are buzzkills…

Advocates said a regulated… industry would push out the black market and generate more than a half billion dollars a year for the state… it’s not quite worked out that way; there’s the cost of operating legally, a major reason. For most people out here, the opportunity to participate does not exist. The barriers to…

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How the “most normal person ever” became [a] face of a movement to decriminalize magic mushrooms

…after a few days of “microdosing,” she began to feel normal again… now that the issue is before the Board of Elections. Salvation [had] arrived in the form of a friend’s recommendation… speaking about the benefits of psilocybin mushrooms on mental health. This was not advice Melissa Lavasani, who holds two graduate degrees, normally would…

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The Sacklers could get away with it

Appallingly, legal experts expect the court to give the Sacklers what they want … The July 30 [2020] deadline for filing claims in Purdue’s bankruptcy proceedings potentially implicates not just claims against Purdue, but also claims against the Sacklers. The Sacklers may yet again benefit from expansive powers that bankruptcy courts exercise in complex cases.…

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Maryland congressman tries to block D.C.’s psychedelics decriminalization ballot measure

The newspaper noted that Harris is “an anesthesiologist and top pharmaceutical donor recipient.” Harris [said] that he will use Congress’s control over D.C.’s budget to block the measure through a House Appropriations Committee amendment next week. Harris famously led congressional efforts to block Washington, D.C.’s local leaders from passing legislation to create a legal system of…

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Cannabis research stalled by federal inaction

The agency did not respond to a request from C&EN asking about the timeline for the regulation, but the process is likely to take several more months, if not years. Under the proposed rule, potential growers of cannabis for research have to satisfy a list of public interest criteria spelled out in the US Controlled…

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