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Oakland City Council decriminalizes all “natural psychedelics” in landmark resolution

Unlike last month’s landmark initiative in Denver, which specifically targeted psychedelic mushrooms, this broader resolution groups together a variety of plants and fungi under the banner of entheogenic plants or plant compounds. The term entheogen generally refers to psychoactive substances used in religious or spiritual contexts. The Oakland resolution more specifically defines the term in reference…

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Oakland in California… [decriminalizes] magic mushrooms and peyote

The resolution was presented by [an] Oakland City Council member. “We have many mental challenges on our streets today, and it’s important to be able to freely provide whatever medicinal support we can, including the use of plants that have beneficial effects for thousands of years,” Noel Gallo said. Supporters hope the decision will begin a…

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Oakland becomes 2nd US city to… [decriminalize] magic mushrooms

The City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize the adult use and possession of magic mushrooms and other entheogenic, or psychoactive, plants and fungi. Denver voters in May approved a similar measure for people 21 and older. The vote makes the investigation and arrest of adults who grow, possess, use or distribute entheogenic plants one of…

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Travelers can now bring some CBD products on planes

The TSA now specifically permits “products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD or are approved by the FDA.” Only those with a valid license to use and possess medical marijuana are permitted to carry it onto an aircraft. Original Article (ABC13):Travelers can now bring some CBD products on planesArtwork Fair Use: Science Explains

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Oakland council [discusses] decriminalizing natural psychedelics

Councilman Noel Gallo, who introduced the resolution, said he hopes that the decriminalization of natural psychedelics could help people with mental health issues … Council President Rebecca Kaplan said Friday she supports the resolution. “We need all the help we can get to deal with the mental health issues that we have,” Gallo said, “If…

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‘Legalization 2.0’: social equity becomes a key question

Some veterans of early state legalization campaigns have reckoned with their limitations. “We were overly cautious at the time, looking back,” said Art Way, the Drug Policy Alliance’s director in Colorado. “But it didn’t feel that way” when legalizing marijuana and ending many arrests were unprecedented goals in themselves. Original Article (Leafly):‘Legalization 2.0’: social equity…

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A Psychedelic Renaissance

While most studies have been small, and the understanding of how psychedelics operate on the brain remains limited, those driving the research can barely contain their excitement. Uncertainty about how drugs like psilocybin and MDMA actually work is one reason to avoid irrational exuberance about the healing power of psychedelics. Original Article (Chronicle of Philanthropy):A…

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