Politics

DEA [temporarily] has permission to surveil protesters: what does that mean when cannabis remains federally illegal?

More broadly though, [NORML Political Director Justin Strekal] connected this expansion of DEA powers to how the DEA has enforced the drug war far beyond cannabis… [for 14 days starting June 2nd, 2020]. “Drug enforcement agents should not be conducting covert surveillance of protests and First Amendment protected speech,” [said Hugh] Handeyside, a senior attorney…

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Science

Can kratom really help boost your immune system?

As long as the user is careful and maintains small and infrequent doses, [possible deleterious] side-effects should be minor and should subdue on their own… you would want to steer clear of kratom for a while [if not indefinitely] if the symptoms get worse. Upon careful research, scientists [claim they] have found or at least…

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Politics

Singapore just sentenced a drug trafficker to death via… [video-conference]

The Singapore authorities said the death sentence was delivered via… [video-conference] “for the safety of all involved in the proceedings.” Singapore is one of only four countries that still execute people for drug-related [supposed public health concerns]. Original Article (Vice):Singapore just sentenced a drug trafficker to death via… [video-conference]Artwork Fair Use: IamRifard

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Anthropology

Oregon cannabis sales soar over $100 million

“We’re seeing a lot of people using cannabis to cope with all the… chaos and social turbulence,” Kwit said. “They frequently express how cannabis helps them to have more compassion for their partners and patience with their kids.” In mid-March when Gov. Kate Brown issued her stay-at-home order, she deemed cannabis as an essential business…

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Psychology

[Psilocybe] mushroom extract [appears] more effective than pure psilocybin in reducing OCD symptoms in mice

Anecdotal and experimental evidence exists showing that the entourage effect is also at work with the compounds found in magic mushrooms… In this study, the research team compared the effects of an extract from Psilocybe argentipes to pure psilocybin using MBB (marble burying behavior) and 5-week old male mice. The results of the study showed…

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Biography/Memoir

…official call to decriminalize psychedelics… to be heard…

Highlighting that some psychedelics are already on their way to liberalization, [Member of Parliament] Paul Manly pointed to other North American jurisdictions that have decriminalized. Denver, Colorado, became the first U.S. city to decriminalize magic mushrooms [including decriminalizing home cultivation for personal, non-commodified use] following a narrow vote last May [2019].  Last year, Vancouver city Coun. Melissa…

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