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…first step to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms…

…revise State drug laws to decriminalize the “personal possession, storage, use, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution in personal possession amounts without profit, transport, and consumption of psilocybin mushrooms” by individuals 18 and older. The proposal also says it applies to “any person younger than 18 with parental or guardian consent.” Otherwise, the maximum punishment for a psilocybin…

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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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A report from the rocky path to… psychedelics/[entheogens/ethnobotancials]

The movement to end psychedelic prohibition goes far beyond Oregon. Activists in more than 100 cities and counties are working toward decriminalizing mushrooms and other psychedelic plants, while a handful of research institutions are pushing to get these substances approved as prescription therapy tools on the federal level. Field coordinator for Decriminalize Denver, calls anything other…

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Washington lawmakers [to propose] ban, cannabis concentrates

This bill proposal would ban vape cartridges, dabble extracts, and other concentrated products. Washington state saw almost half of its legal cannabis sales at 40% in 2019 from these cannabis infused products. Leo Beletsky, a professor of law and public health at Northwestern University, said, “If 40% of the market is toward these products and then you ban them,…

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First government psychedelics decriminalization panel holds historic meeting in Denver

*eco-system regions giving rise to naturally occurring psilocybe mushroomsRepresentatives from the city attorney’s office, sheriff’s office, district attorney’s office and the harm reduction community all participated in the meeting. It was led by advocate Kevin Matthews, who ran the successful decriminalization campaign… It was an opportunity that many residents took advantage of, with a turnout…

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Inside the campaign[s]… magic mushrooms

But Ryan Dunevar from Decriminalize California worries that legalizing only medical uses would be too restrictive. The cost of therapy “eliminates a lot of people, which means basically only rich white people would be able to use it,” says Dunevar. “This is a people’s movement,” says Larry Norris.”There’s a much broader range of people who maybe can’t…

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Lucy in the sky… psychedelics

Venture capital is afoot in psychedelic country, practically boiling under the surface. Advertising for emerging psychedelic clinics and services will predictably tap into the same utopian rhetoric promising a bright, progressive future. A medical model treats psychedelic therapy as a solution to individual mental illnesses, but these individual neuroses have roots that draw nourishment from bedrock…

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With map of cannabis legalization, activists plot course to magic mushrooms

“Or will they create The Psilocybin Act? And psilocybin regulations? With licensed producers?” Dana Larsen asks, laughing at the absurdity of history repeating itself. He suggests the smartest and easiest transition would be to add psilocybe mushrooms to Canada’s [and United States] natural health products, which includes herbal remedies and traditional medicines. John Conroy, a…

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Santa Cruz City Council approves psychedelics decriminalization measure

Activists celebrated their city becoming the third in the U.S. in less than a year to decriminalize certain psychedelic substances. The word “cultivation” was also removed from provisions specifying the measure’s scope. But before the full Council vote on Tuesday, several advocates used the public comment portion of the meeting to urge that it be…

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