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Building a psychedelic community during the war on drugs

Red flags we look for are indications that someone intends to exploit the vulnerabilities in our community in some way. Such exploitations may come in the form of police or informants trying to prey upon and bust people by soliciting drugs from the community, and others, such as pseudo-shamans or other entrepreneurs, trying to profit…

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Oregon cannabis cafes…

While it is legal to buy cannabis in Oregon… it’s still illegal to smoke it in many places, like apartment rentals, hotels, cafes or even on the street. Senate Bill 639 would allow everything from home deliveries to cannabis tents at concerts and tastings at cannabis farms … It would generate substantial tax revenue too…

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Colorado is finally getting its first cannabis club

The city of Denver granted its first license on Monday to a business that will allow marijuana use on its premises. The Coffee Joint plans to charge patrons a $5 entry fee and permit them to consume their own cannabis in edible or vapor form.​​Denver voters approved a measure to create a social-use pilot program in 2016. Interested businesses…

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Why police boss thinks drug users should get to test their substances at clubs and festivals

“Members of the public can bring substances of concern for free, anonymous and non judgemental forensic analysis by PhD chemists. “They then receive the results as part of a brief intervention by a healthcare professional with the overall aim of reducing drug-related harm. Fiona Measham, director of The Loop and professor of criminology at Durham…

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Marijuana dispensaries are keeping cannabis out of the hands of minors in Oregon

All 25 marijuana dispensaries in Oregon passed the latest round of state minor decoy operations. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), which regulates the marijuana industry, periodically sends minors to try to buy marijuana from retail outlets. The latest operations targeted dispensaries in Portland, Bend and Salem, all of which had a compliance rate of…

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Joy to the weed! Marijuana legalization comes bearing gifts

“People consume cannabis on the holidays and they always have,” Smith said. “Now they are doing so through a regulated system.” Legalization means pot lovers can legally do something they’ve always done, which is give away marijuana to people they love, said Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Original Article (NP…

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The psychedelic renaissance… joins the harm reduction movement

Harm reduction and integration overlap with regard to reducing the harm or ongoing risks of difficult or negative experiences with psychedelics (e.g., helping someone through heightened anxiety or suicidal ideation stemming from a difficult psychedelic experience). Harm reduction and integration can be further differentiated from “preparation” for therapeutic experiences.  When [individuals] express an intention to…

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