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Santa Cruz could decriminalize magic mushrooms

“It’s going to be the lowest priority for police officers, who possess, use, and cultivate these plants and fungi for adults’ personal use,” said Santa Cruz city Vice Mayor Justin Cummings. [a/v video transcript] The proposed resolution would declare the investigation and arrest of individuals involved with adult possession, use, or cultivation of psychoactive plants…

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Decriminalize nature advocating for… healthy relationships with plants [and fungi].

Hurdles of legality in cannabis is an example for the psychedelic community to realize there doesn’t need to be some complex regulatory framework. Solely decriminalizing and allowing interactions with these plants and fungi to be more personal with home growth and local education structures will allow for non-criminal relationships with plants and fungi to develop.…

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When harm reduction expansion stifles activism: A lesson from Europe

In most of Western Europe, as across the world, drug users are still stigmatized, still criminalized, still marginalized, still considered second-class citizens. This will not change without user-led advocacy. “Harm reduction interventions in the main in Western Europe are delivered either by national health services or by non-governmental agencies that focus on health interventions,” said Niamh…

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Oregon lawmakers… [postpone] kratom [regulation]

“This wasn’t quite ready for prime time this year, but I do hope that the advocates continue to work on this issue,” said one Oregon Senator. Kratom can act as… [both a pain reliever and a] stimulant when ingested. It’s made from the leaves of a tree native to southeast Asia, and it’s become popular…

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CBD shows some potential for treating opioid addiction

This anti-addictive effect lasted for a week after the CBD was administered. A study in rats published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that CBD decreased heroin cravings in rats that had previously been trained to self-administer heroin. And a small study conducted in humans, published in the journal Neurotherapeutics, showed that taking CBD seemed…

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Oakland lawmakers advance psychedelic decriminalization measure

More than 60 people signed up to testify at the well-attended Oakland hearing. The City Council’s Public Safety Committee voted—with three ayes and one abstention—to advance to the full Council a measure that would declare enforcement of laws prohibiting the possession of “entheogenic plants” among adults the “lowest priority” for police … “These medicines are safe,” said…

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Oakland could become 2nd U.S. city to decriminalize… mushrooms

Oakland, Calif., could become the second city in the U.S. to decriminalize certain natural hallucinogenics, including “magic mushrooms. The resolution applies only to psychedelics derived from plants or fungi, not synthetic drugs like LSD or MDMA. Original Article (The Hill):Oakland could become 2nd U.S. city to decriminalize hallucinogenic mushroomsArtwork Fair Use: Bob Embleton

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When treatment means punishment

Throughout history and to this day, treatment itself has often meant punishment. Without a careful interrogation of what we mean by “treatment” and the history of coercion, criminal justice reforms will be reforms in name only. Drug courts, which coerce people into treatment under threat of criminal punishment, continue to expand nationally. But three decades…

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