Biography/Memoir

A startup that wants to use [patented, synthetic & non-visionary] psychedelics to treat addiction

A new company… just raised $6.2 million to try to make psychedelics without their characteristic hallucinogenic qualities, so that the compounds can be used in medicines for diseases like addiction. Based in the US and Canada, MindMed’s team of 11 is scattered across Toronto, New York, and San Francisco. The company’s first goal is getting…

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Anthropology

Colonization laid the groundwork for the drug war

…centuries of biased propaganda and policy associating currently-illicit, plant-based substances with chaos, violence, and malice. As a society beginning to seriously discuss creative alternatives to the punishment- and abstinence-based status quo, we must acknowledge that maintaining drug prohibition requires both a misappropriation and control of substances that are… [naturally-occurring] to certain lands and cultures. Decolonizing drug use on…

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Biography/Memoir

…pot stocks…recover?

You see, now that it’s becoming legal, there’s nothing special about marijuana. Like corn or wheat, it’s a crop. Marijuana is a commodity. It’s all roughly the same, no matter where or how it’s grown … The apple is a versatile fruit. Yet, selling apples is far from lucrative … After much hype, investors have…

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Biography/Memoir

Sacklers lose bid to dismiss charges in Mass. in first test of… family liability

A Massachusetts judge has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that claims members of the Sackler family and the company they own, Purdue Pharma, helped create the nation’s opioid epidemic. In a decision released late Tuesday afternoon (10/9/2019), Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has jurisdiction to pursue the 17…

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Anthropology

The war on drugs is a war on the climate

“Communal and indigenous land rights are the most effective strategy to combat the negative impacts of drug trafficking and climate change simultaneously,” she wrote. “The war on drugs approach to fighting drug traffickers has to end. Rather than engaging in military-based approaches, governments and donors should invest in community and indigenous land rights and governance…

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Spirituality

…mushroom…

…all those who have fought for… free use of what the earth creates at no cost. Most importantly, if you belong to the privileged group of individuals who can talk about and engage in psychedelic use… keep using your privilege and platform to expand the conversation. Listen and collaborate with those who don’t immediately agree…

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