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Two more Canadians receive exemptions for [medicinal] mushroom

Hartle was one of four terminally ill Canadians who was granted a Section 56 exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act by federal health minister Patty Hajdu last month. Since then, the organization reports that two more exemptions have been granted… Dr. Tobin applied for his own exemption… and has yet to receive a response. [Section…

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…government will respond to psychedelics decriminalization petition

That’s the eighth-highest number of signatures an official government petition has received this Parliament. It states that the government should “immediately discontinue enforcement of statutes or regulations that prohibit or impose onerous restrictions on informed adult use, growing, or sharing of any plant or fungi, where an established record of traditional use exists.” Additionally, legislators…

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As cities decriminalize psychedelics, law enforcement should step back

One often overlooked side effect of the war on drugs is the role of the U.S. Attorney General, the nation’s top law enforcement official, as the country’s chief drug policymaker… [who] dictates which drugs can be produced, researched, prescribed, and consumed. However, serving as Attorney General or DEA Administrator requires no training in science, medicine,…

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[First of varied forthcoming proposals to] shift regulatory authority

[One of many proposals include, substitute the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as the agency responsible for classifying drugs pursuant to the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).] As calls to divest, defund and abolish local police agencies echo across the U.S., it is also time to elevate those calls to…

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Oakland city council effectively decriminalizes psychedelic mushrooms [and other entheogenic plants]

Oakland’s resolution is broader than Denver’s. Denver’s initiative decriminalized the use and possession of mushrooms containing the compound psilocybin, whereas Oakland’s refers to “entheogenic plants” in general, which includes the mushrooms and other plants and fungi containing psychoactive substances. The resolution says city money will not be used “to assist in the enforcement of laws…

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Initiative 81 [Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act] certified for November [2020] ballot

Initiative 81 would help thousands of DC residents suffering from anxiety, PTSD, addiction, and depression who currently fear arrest or prosecution for using natural psychedelics to heal. This initiative has the support of prominent medical professionals, police officers, and residents across the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia Board of Elections announced on August…

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Psychedelics are making… [themselves known]

Hopefully, we’re not headed for a refried version of legal weed where venture capitalists with listings on world stock exchanges are hell-bent on turning substances that could be the key to personal growth, into a commodity. There are efforts afoot to relax laws around psilocybin [mushroom] use. And a number of court challenges seeking the…

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