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The steady rise of the trippy festival

The most common drug used at festivals is alcohol, and it also happens to be the most problematic for health workers. The rising number of music festivals inspired by psychedelic drugs are clearly tapping into a growing need to take time out from normal life, but also to go on a mental journey, surrounded by…

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Inside a music festival in a country where all drugs are decriminalized

In Portugal, where the government’s approach to drugs is almost completely outside the realm of law enforcement, the climate at music festivals is rather different. Onsite drug-checking services test purity, and virtually no one is hassled for their supplements of choice. That’s because 15 years ago, a bold national policy was implemented where low-level possession of…

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Russia is punishing people for helping drug users

“Last year the number of ODs sharply went up, possibly because of fentanyl,” says Sarang. “We can’t say for sure, because there’s no official data, but the number of times someone’s called and told us they’ve had to use naloxone has doubled. So more people are overdosing.” … Yet rather than trying to make the situation…

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Group launches effort to allow cannabis cafes in Oregon

Oregon Flower : Cannabis visited by a Frog Sam Chapman with the New Revenue Coalition says Oregon lawmakers need to give people public places to smoke, especially since many have rental agreements that don’t allow them to smoke on the property. Perhaps Chapman’s biggest hurdle will be persuading lawmakers to permit waivers to the Indoor Clean…

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Could Oregon legalize magic mushrooms… ?

This week we moved one step closer to some form of this becoming a reality, with Oregon’s Attorney General approving the language for a ballot measure to allow licensed medical professionals to administer psilocybin for therapeutic purposes. There will, of course, be those who will vigorously oppose the passage if it makes the ballot, and…

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Taking stock : A decade of drug policy [a civic society… report]

The report highlights the urgent need to conduct more thorough and regular research on the broader range of impacts of drug policies at local, national, regional and international level … Global drug policy debates going forward should reflect the realities of drug policies on the ground, both positive and negative, and discuss constructively the resulting tensions…

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Rethinking the global war on drugs

Since 2014… governments and like-minded allies have sought to lay the groundwork for changes to the current approach, which is grounded in three international drug accords adopted between the early 1960s and 1988.  Those treaties, which required that signatories outlaw the trade and possession of controlled substances — including marijuana — were conceived at a time when…

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