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Behind the scenes… cannabis charities

“It appears as though the desire to provide veterans and sick patients with access to deeply discounted medicine… is less of a priority than getting a bus with your logo to drive down the strip, sadly.” -Madisen Saglibene, founder and Executive Director of the Las Vegas and Nevada chapters of NORML Like so many other…

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An American [psilocybe mushroom] marketplace might look like…

In 1906, the feds passed the Pure Food and Drug Act. This dawn of misinformation [regarding cannabis and other entheogenic plants and fungi] during an era of prohibition included the Harry J. Anslinger propaganda war … [culminating in Nixon’s Controlled Substances Act of 1970]. In 2020, the prospect of a psychedelics dispensary; a lack of…

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Company [claims] trademark for the word ‘psilocybin’.

As psychedelics reform efforts pick up across the U.S., there’s an increasing weariness among advocates about the potential corporatization that may follow… a California-based company announced… that it had… trademarked the word “psilocybin,”… psychoactive constituent of… magic mushrooms. Reform advocates view the trademark as emblematic of a bigger issue—that someone would presume to take ownership…

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Ending the war on drug dealers [ie, consumer providers]

People who sell drugs are popular scapegoats. In response to the opioid crisis, many states have recently passed laws allowing prosecutors to charge drug dealers with murder if a customer overdoses. “Some may ask whether it is not a bridge too far to decline criminal prosecution of drugs other than marijuana,” Marton writes in his proposal. “But…

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Canada is still using the military to eradicate “illegal” weed crops

The enforcement of cannabis legalization has been a boon to police budgets across Canada… The Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are continuing their annual joint search-and-destroy mission against illegal outdoor cannabis grows — another example of how the war against the plant is alive and well, despite legalization. Under Canada’s legal…

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Activists will try to decriminalize magic mushrooms and other psychedelics…

…a nascent effort… to reduce penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of mushrooms and other psychedelic plants. The group, which held its inaugural meeting… is proposing a ballot initiative that would make pursuing and prosecuting residents for having mushrooms or other psychedelic plants the “lowest law enforcement priority for the District of Columbia.” Original…

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…decriminalize magic mushrooms and some psychedelic plants

“It’s not going to be easy, but this is happening everywhere,” says Lavasani, 38. “This is a movement that’s going on across the country.” That movement kicked off in earnest last year when Denver residents voted to decriminalize the possession and use of psychedelic mushrooms. Oakland followed, and now groups in 100 cities across the…

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Decriminalizing psychedelics – change your mind, then change the law

But why is decriminalization, specifically, important to this movement? Why not aim for other approaches, like legalization (where psychedelics are regulated like alcohol), or medicalization (where psychedelic therapy is the only legal option)? This first wave of acceptance towards psychotropic plants is now starting to include psychedelics, with successful psychedelic decriminalization efforts in both Denver…

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Voters may vote on… magic mushrooms

§ 11395.130 Personal Protections. No local regulation may be so excessive or burdensome as to make it functionally impractical for adults to cultivate Psilocybin Mushrooms as otherwise authorized in this section. It shall be lawful and not a violation … for an adult … to use Psilocybin Mushrooms in one’s home or on any privately…

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