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Rewards for staying off meth…

Oregon is poised to pay for them… …with meth there aren’t highly effective medications people can use to control their cravings like there are for heroin… and the federal government agrees… saying (rewards for staying off meth) is the only approach with strong clinical evidence behind it… (with rewards) people are almost twice as likely…

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Momentum builds… major cannabis bill

Senators on both sides of the aisle are throwing support behind a proposal to tuck key marijuana banking legislation into a larger package aimed at boosting U.S. competitiveness… conferees are expected to complete a compromise China competitiveness bill… …under conference committee rules, lawmakers cannot modify the SAFE Banking Act to add additional social equity or…

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Drug policing… impressions

For conventional crime, police activity can actually reduce it. For drugs policing it never does. In fact Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) members and allies all over the world note that, more often than not, drugs policing actually increases crime. Police do not reduce the size of a market, they just change the shape of…

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…brainstorming the future of psychedelic…

Paul Stamets… chat… about the path toward legalizing various psychedelics, psilocybin in particular. He offers caution around the recent relaxing of laws on psychedelics and suggests that “we don’t box ourselves into something” that doesn’t allow for later modification, especially since the science around psychedelics is rapidly evolving. He critiqued Oregon’s new law, in particular,…

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…city on earth

“I love how we’ve normalized the idea that people can set up hundreds of booths… selling cannabis and mushrooms in downtown Vancouver while the cops stand around in circles with their hands on their pockets,” says Dana Larsen. Original Article (Dana Larsen):…city on earthArtwork Fair Use: Public domain

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Oregon’s psilocybin program…

“Like any new program we’re going to have to… revisit and then make changes. I am really optimistic about those changes being made,” says Jessie Uehling, assistant professor of fungal biology at Oregon State University. [Brothers Terence & Dennis McKenna introduced psilocybe mushroom cultivation to Westerners.] Focusing on… one species “will help ensure a safe…

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[Equity]… Oregon… magic mushrooms?

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA)’s Psilocybin Services Section hasn’t finalized any of the proposed framework. How much will psilocybin sessions cost? Short answer: A whole lot. Long answer: One major critique of Oregon’s pending psilocybin program is that sessions will probably cost more than the average person can afford. Original Article (Portland Mercury):Oregon has legalized…

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Survey: 37% of US cannabis operators say they’re not profitable

A new study blows any assumption that the U.S. cannabis industry as an easy business to make a profit – with 37% reporting they’re operating without one… but when businesses leave, local economies suffer… Mayberry has seen conditions are very difficult on small growers operating on shoestring budgets… the technologist believes legislation needs to change…

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Protestors target the DEA in support of psilocybin for terminally ill patients

Peaceful civil disobedience, a longstanding American tradition, will take place at the doorstep of the Drug Enforcement Administration headquarters in Arlington, Virginia… where activists say they will block entrances to the building to draw attention to the right of terminally ill cancer patients to use psilocybin. …prepared to commit an act of peaceful civil disobedience…

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Washington D.C. Council rejects bill to shut down cannabis gifting economy

The D.C. Council on Tuesday [4/5/2022] voted down an emergency measure to ramp up enforcement against the District’s many unregulated cannabis businesses – storefronts and delivery services that “gift” weed with the purchase of other goods, like t-shirts and potted plants. The bill, introduced…. by Council Chairman… would have granted D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board…

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