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‘Welcome to the psychedelic ’20s!’

The payoff for those decades of work are coming to fruition. Oregon and Colorado have decriminalized the recreational use of plant-based psychedelics. Original Article (Reason):Rick Doblin: ‘Welcome to the psychedelic 20s!’Artwork Fair Use: Jon Mortin

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Oregon Governor Tina Kotek rejects cannabis banking bill

…rejected a bill that would have created a State Public Bank Task Force.  Chief sponsors included Rep. Mark Gamba, Rep. Jules Walters, and Sen. Jeff Golden, who introduced House Bill 2763 in January. The bill steadily made its way through the House and Senate and was passed by both by the end of June before it was…

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Oregon’s sketchy framework for psilocybin program portends a new implementation disaster

Oregon… has established a licensure pathway for “psilocybin facilitators” without requiring any medical or mental health training. In fact, the only education required is a high school diploma; a 120-hour course that includes instruction on irrelevant topics including history and cultural equity; and 40 hours of in-person training. Potential psilocybin users must review a mandatory “informed…

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…land beyond the drug war

It’s more than fifty years on from our declaration of a war on narcotics, and people are getting higher on more destructive shit than ever. Every state and every town in this country has a fentanyl problem, because for distributors, fentanyl is one hell of a product. It’s potent – up to fifty times stronger…

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We’re on the cusp of another psychedelic era. But this time Washington is along for the ride

Advocates still must overcome stigma associated with 1960s drug culture and concerns about side effects, but they’ve never enjoyed such strong support inside government… federal agencies are signaling a willingness to cooperate… If Washington assents, manufacturers are poised to deliver. In the House, Democrats including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Lou Correa of California, and Republicans led by Dan…

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Measure 110 program manager resigns, says state was ‘maliciously negligent’

In August 2021, Oregon Health Authority hired Dr. Angela Carter to roll out the state’s voter-approved drug decriminalization law…. In a July 17 2023… resignation letter to the health authority’s interim director, David Baden, Dr. Angela Carter… outlined… the agency’s “maliciously negligent” oversight of the Measure 110 program: “it appears that OHA leadership has made…

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