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Creating scarcity…

…legislating at the state level is different than local cities[?]… the idea that another human or government can intervene in this unalienable and sacred birthright seems ludicrous, as ludicrous as if the government suddenly suggested it would control and limit the number of times a parent could hug their child. Few things seem as fundamentally…

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…frontiers in the law of psychedelics

The state of the law on psychedelic substances is in flux. Not only are more and more jurisdictions decriminalizing the use of psychedelics for recreational purposes, but it appears that psychedelic substances are the new horizon… Psilocybin is a naturally occurring compound produced by over 200 species of mushrooms. Psilocybin is currently categorized as a…

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..falling in love with psychedelics…

…the most important thing to remember about all drugs is that they offer both opportunities and risks.  What we really need… is new kinds of social norms that can guide the use of drugs without falling back on prohibitionist moralising… it appears the war on drugs is petering out… though that the view from the…

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A… magic mushrooms legal guide

…magic mushrooms. Some countries are debating overturning decades-old psilocybin bans in favor of a policy of decriminalization… legalization… Magic mushrooms are a general term for any mushroom with hallucinogenic properties. These mushrooms can be found naturally. In many countries, magic mushrooms are technically illegal, although these laws are loosely enforced. Law enforcement may have a…

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To decolonize drugs, start with [understanding]…

…this kind of internalized prohibition “shows how the process of colonialism colonizes not only the land, but the people as well, to become a perpetual machine of oppression against themselves.” …research points to implementation of drug prohibition and penalization policies as a way to “civilize” Indigenous peoples [and “others”]. Over time, these ideas have been…

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Psychedelic drugs will follow pot’s path to legalization

…the old arguments against psychedelics are obsolete, grounded as they were in a fundamental fear of the experience of altered consciousness… indeed, when local municipalities vote to “legalize” [ie, decriminalize, ie, home production, non-commercial grow, gather, gifting, etc.] mushrooms, as several Massachusetts cities (including my own hometown of Cambridge) did in early 2021, they are…

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Psychedelics don’t deserve the stigma

It’s time to destroy the stigma surrounding psychedelics and educate ourselves on their effects. Just like any drug that is used irresponsibly, psychedelics still pose a risk to users, but when used safely, they are undeserving of the false, overexaggerated effects people ascribe to them. Thankfully, psychedelics are gradually breaking out of the taboo. Last…

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Psilocybin magic mushroom dispensaries… a reality in North America

Fast forward a few years and many thousands of marijuana dispensaries later and the same questions are beginning to arise in the new psychedelics space regarding… legal retail “shroomeries”. Recent positive developments in the psychedelics industry have left many wondering if we’ll see [additional] dispensaries selling substances like psilocybin mushrooms in the future. In California,…

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The public’s perception of the harms of magic mushrooms is in line with science – but not with the law

The study, which appears in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that psilocybin-containing mushrooms are considered less dangerous than alcohol, tobacco, and other substances. For their study, the researchers asked 151 participants to rank the dangerousness of ten different substances: alcohol, tobacco, prescription opiates, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, magic mushrooms, cannabis, LSD, and GHB… participants considered magic…

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Michigan prosecutor won’t pursue most marijuana or psychedelics cases, ‘regardless of the amount’

A county prosecutor in Michigan announced on Tuesday [Jan 12, 2020] that his office will not be pursuing charges over possessing marijuana or entheogenic substances like psilocybin and ayahuasca — “regardless of the amount at issue.” For entheogenic substances, [Prosecuting Attorney] Savit’s notice similarly says it is ending prosecutions for possession or use of the…

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