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D.C. psychedelics decriminalization initiative officially takes effect

“It is declared the policy of this act to make investigation and arrest of adults [18+] for non-commercial planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, possessing or engaging in practices with entheogenic plants and fungi among the lowest law enforcement priorities for the District of Columbia…” this is a notable accomplishment for advocates, as Congress has previously…

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Psychedelic decrim bill SB 519…

[SB 519 proposes] language that would specifically allow someone who is providing for a group to possess, transport and gift far in excess of a personal amount…  …the hypothetical person noted in their letter who wants to gift a pound or two for group use is in fact clearly protected. For example, if a given group…

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…move to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level

For the first time in history… move… to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, proposing to the remove cannabis from the federal list of controlled substances… The bill automatically expunges federal non-violent marijuana crimes… The federal legislation would allow states to craft their own cannabis laws, just as states do with alcohol… a new federal…

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California [SB 519] advances again…

The Assembly Public Health Committee advanced the legislation, sponsored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D), in a 8-4 vote. This comes weeks after the Public Safety Committee approved the measure. While “social sharing” would have been allowed under the bill as introduced, those provisions were also reframed in the new committee amendment to provide for “facilitated…

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The fight for medical use of magic mushrooms is moving to the courts

“They’ve got an option,” Hawkswell says. “Create regulations or take dying patients to court. You know, which one of those futures should we be living in?” “Minister, I also qualify for MAID [medical assistance in dying],” he wrote in one letter. “Perhaps we should weigh the two applications simultaneously? I am not quite sure how…

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…California psychedelics bill…

“Since we passed this resolution in Oakland, California in June of 2019, the amount of people that are brewing their own mushrooms has expanded exponentially,” [says Carlos] Plazola “And people are sharing with no intention to sell.” “If suddenly we set limits that are very low, then we will see those people in danger of…

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…legal questions around psychedelic…

How will patents on psychedelics affect cost or access in the future?… Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) scheduling of psychedelics… “Many companies will have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo,” he said. “If a company can get permission from DEA to conduct trials on various psychedelics and at the same time potentially have certain…

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…proven magic mushroom…

Health Canada hasn’t publicly explained what’s behind the apparent freeze on Section 56 exemptions… [Bruce] Tobin says the current process of essentially requiring someone to be at death’s door is unworkable. Still, he anticipates that psilocybin access will go the way cannabis first did, through new regulations making it available for medical use. “My intuitions…

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