Politics

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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Politics

Initiative 81 [Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act] certified for November [2020] ballot

Initiative 81 would help thousands of DC residents suffering from anxiety, PTSD, addiction, and depression who currently fear arrest or prosecution for using natural psychedelics to heal. This initiative has the support of prominent medical professionals, police officers, and residents across the District of Columbia. The District of Columbia Board of Elections announced on August…

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Biography/Memoir

How the “most normal person ever” became [a] face of a movement to decriminalize magic mushrooms

…after a few days of “microdosing,” she began to feel normal again… now that the issue is before the Board of Elections. Salvation [had] arrived in the form of a friend’s recommendation… speaking about the benefits of psilocybin mushrooms on mental health. This was not advice Melissa Lavasani, who holds two graduate degrees, normally would…

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Politics

Psychedelics are making… [themselves known]

Hopefully, we’re not headed for a refried version of legal weed where venture capitalists with listings on world stock exchanges are hell-bent on turning substances that could be the key to personal growth, into a commodity. There are efforts afoot to relax laws around psilocybin [mushroom] use. And a number of court challenges seeking the…

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Biography/Memoir

The Sacklers could get away with it

Appallingly, legal experts expect the court to give the Sacklers what they want … The July 30 [2020] deadline for filing claims in Purdue’s bankruptcy proceedings potentially implicates not just claims against Purdue, but also claims against the Sacklers. The Sacklers may yet again benefit from expansive powers that bankruptcy courts exercise in complex cases.…

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Science

…opposition to natural psychedelics & [entheogens/ethnobotanicals]?

A note about psychedelics and hallucinogens – These terms are often used interchangeably, which can be misleading. Many psychedelics [entheogens and ethnobotanicals] do not cause hallucinations at low doses. Therefore, using the blanket term hallucinogen to describe the effects of all doses of psilocybin [and psilocybin-containing mushrooms/psilocybe mushrooms], for example, is incorrect… Original Article (Psychedelic…

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