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A new front opens up: psychoactive mushroom decriminalization in Denver

It’s a new front in the crucial struggle to roll back the horror that is psychedelic prohibition.  There are now two fronts open. First, there is the laborious, time-intensive and money-intensive pathway to obtaining the federal government’s approval of psychedelic substances for marketing in interstate commerce (i.e. demonstrating to the satisfaction of the FDA that…

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In the declaration of Yarinacocha, Shipibo healers organize to resist spiritual extractivism

*ECfES Conservatory The fallout from the murder of Maestra Arévalo Lomas is emblematic of a common problem, what we are framing as spiritual extractivism. NGOs have left, foreigners have forgotten, and ayahuasca tourism is doing what ayahuasca tourism does – come in, get the medicine, feel unified with the universe, go back. However, as the…

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The whole fungus : beautiful

Drug decriminalization is a rational and fiscally sound policy rooted in health and human rights. Governments throughout the U.S. and around the world have an indisputable moral and scientific imperative to pursue it. Not only does drug decriminalization drastically reduce the number of people mired in the quicksand of the criminal justice system – it…

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The new wave of psychedelics in buddhist practice

Even the old guard is taking note of this development, recognizing the new generation’s skill in working with psychedelics and the advances in their therapeutic use. [Jack Kornfield writes}, “It has to be done carefully and with the boundaries that the Buddha offered regarding ethics—not to harm yourself and not to harm others.” Those pushing…

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Which U.S. state will be the first to legalize shrooms?

Oregon is also stepping into the spotlight in this movement. A 2017 bill passed by the legislature moved toward decriminalizing heroin, cocaine, and a host of other substances, including psychedelics. The governor signed it shortly afterward, making these drugs a misdemeanor instead of a felony. Intention matters as well. Treating psilocybin as a party drug can result in unexpected and…

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