Anthropology

Inside the movement to decolonize psychedelic pharma

There’s no question that the psychedelic renaissance is in full bloom. As psychedelic medicine goes public, researchers, advocates, and members of the psychedelic community are calling for innovative and “decolonized”… models… one[s] that avoid… recreating the mistakes of the past. After a decades-long battle to push through regulatory barriers and overcome long-enduring stigmas, psychedelics are…

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…clean sweep for drug policy reform suggests that prohibition may collapse sooner than expected

Oregon, meanwhile, became the first jurisdiction in the United States to… decriminalize possession of all drugs and the first to [allow legal use of] psilocybin. The first [measure]… which was supported by nearly three-fifths of voters, makes low-level, noncommercial possession of controlled substances, which was previously a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in…

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Magic mushrooms [in North America]

Magic mushrooms… a higher number of countries either have a more lenient stance toward them or are gradually opening up to the idea of decriminalization. These include: Canada- although psilocybin mushrooms are scheduled substances, there is an option to purchase psilocybin microdoses from a private dispensary that the government is as of yet not seriously…

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Government urged to sell… ecstasy [MDMA] in pharmacies

In a book – with a foreword written by the former prime minister of New Zealand Helen Clark… cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines should be “nationalised” and sold legally in government-run pharmacies to undermine global drug-related crime, a UK drugs reform charity has recommended. Only a single adult use dosage of the drugs would be available…

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Congress debates… magic mushrooms [and entheogens]

[Rep.] Harris proposed forbidding Washington, DC, from implementing a voter initiative to make… [certain entheogenic plants and fungi] the bottom legislation enforcement precedence. Initiative organizers say they submitted sufficient signatures to look on the November poll. “Even Harris acknowledges the irrefutable science behind a few of these psychedelics,” mentioned initiative proposer Melissa Lavasani, who says…

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…view – voters should vote down Measure 109

We hope… that we see a similar measure on the ballot in a few years, but for now, we recommend a “no” vote on Measure 109. Oregon voters are being asked to decide whether or not to legalize psilocybin… with very specific rules, restrictions… Original Article (East Oregonian):Our view voters should vote down measure 109Artwork…

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The psychedelic renaissance: discovery… [as] appropriation?

When colonization of the Americas began in 1492, so did the commodification of plants like tobacco, cacao and coca by moneyed interests. Once regarded and used as sacred medicines, these substances were at first feared, then eventually watered down, processed and commodified for European markets, losing their cultural and medicinal value in the process… these [so-called new] discoveries [in psychedelics] are…

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