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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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‘The legal stuff is garbage’: why Canada’s cannabis [so-called underground] market keeps thriving

“Friends don’t let friends smoke government weed.” National cannabis sector lead at the consultancy firm… says legal sales have fallen short of expectations for a number of reasons. Legal prices – driven up by taxes – have been a factor in helping keep the [grass-roots naturally-occurring] market “as rampant as ever”, he says. “It’s just…

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DEA admits state-level marijuana legalization…

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently acknowledged in a report that state-level marijuana legalization reduces instances of illegal interstate trafficking. Not only is DEA recognizing the simple fact that people tend to prefer obtaining marijuana through legal channels … the agency also uses the operative word “until” when discussing the prospects of adult-use legalization … Justin Strekal,…

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This is what psychedelic mainstreaming looks like…

It’s not the Hokey Pokey… …but psychedelic mainstreaming seems to be what it’s all about. We explore some of the realities and questions of what it means to take psychedelics “mainstream.” Original Article (Psymposia):This is what psychedelic mainstreaming looks like #1Artwork Fair Use: Raki_Man

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…revolutionize [universal access to basic] mental health care

When I ask about the rationale for patenting something that grows freely out of wood chips, Compass Pathways CEO George Goldsmith [responds] “Well, the synthesized psilocybin is the highest levels of purity, so it doesn’t grow out of wood chips. The wood chips and the mushrooms are free.” There are… activists railing against anyone perceived…

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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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