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Psilocybin [grow kits] laws…

You can legally buy magic mushroom grow kits and spores in Austria, then grow the mushrooms yourself. However, the sale and possession of large amounts of dried mushrooms are illegal. Anyone caught possessing small, personal amounts of magic mushrooms in Austria will undergo free therapy instead of being charged with a crime. Cultivating magic mushrooms…

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Making mushrooms…

“We do need to be vigilant,” Oregon Representative Earl Blumenauer, one of the biggest advocates for psychedelic policy reform in Congress… “Big companies are going to try and monopolize drug therapies with psilocybin and psychedelics, just like Big Pharma has attempted to patent everything in sight, and then spend more time and money being able…

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American medical association adopts cannabis expungement resolution

The new AMA policy also calls for an end to probation, parole, or other court-ordered supervision for cannabis-related offenses that are later decriminalized or legalized.  The American Medical Association announced… it has approved a resolution calling on states that have legalized or decriminalized cannabis to expunge the records of arrests and convictions for marijuana-related offenses…

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…restoring wholeness

While our cultural mindset is deeply entrenched, with the engagement of the psychedelic community, a living system model of health becomes possible, anchored in nature, community gathering and healing centers, and local, living economies expanding and growing, like a mycelial network emerging from the detritus of an old consciousness. There is a growing spiritual void…

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Patents… legal battlefront…

To be eligible for patent protection, an invention must be a “process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter.” Moreover, it must not fall into one of three categories of excluded subject matter, the so-called judicial exceptions to patent eligibility, which include laws of nature, abstract ideas, and natural phenomena. This animating principle excludes naturally occurring psychedelics, and the…

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Oregon officials’…

“It’s very offensive that in order to use what we have already been using, I have to go to somebody, pay ten to twenty thousand dollars [for training], and get permission,” said Elan Hagens, a member of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board’s Health Equity Subcommittee. “We just need to let the process run,” said Jesse…

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Emerging non-medical state-regulated path

This path does not [appear to] currently exist in the United States… understanding the current legal status of psychedelics… Though, Oregon is actively in the process of establishing a model for psilocybin that would be like the state’s current medical cannabis system. It would be separate from the existing medical system and subject to an…

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Canada OKs drug decriminalization test in British Columbia

Dana Larsen, a drug policy reform activist, called the announcement “a step in the right direction,” but said he would prefer to see development of a safe drug supply. “The drugs are still going to be contaminated,” Larsen said. “I think we need stores where you can go in and find legal heroin, legal cocaine…

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Psychedelic patents are broken…

It’s a common story in the U.S.: An old and cheap drug was transformed into an expensive, inaccessible product. This happened through patents, legally granted rights to exclude others from making or selling an invention.  In the short time that psychedelic drugs have received attention from start-up companies and venture capitalists, there have already been…

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