Anthropology

There is a lot of fungus among us

Inside a state-of-the-art lab, tucked in an industrial neighborhood… employees wearing protective suits move around two clear boxes, careful not to disrupt the tubes and sensors that keep temperature and humidity constant. Inside the boxes are… “magic”… mushrooms. Oregon became the first state to legalize… Frustration with traditional drugs that did little to address… longtime…

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Is it time… to decriminalize [nature] shrooms and psychedelics?

We’re now in something of a moment for drug decriminalization. [In Mar. 2021], the Washington Supreme Court’s stunning decision in State v. Blake struck down the state law that criminalizes drug possession… That’s where the decriminalization movement comes in. By instructing law enforcement to effectively ignore the law, jurisdictions can indirectly greenlight the therapeutic and…

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Anthropology

$1 billion for CAHOOTS Act…

…recently there’s been interest from other cities in creating similar programs. States who want to set up CAHOOTS programs can get an 85% match in Medicaid funds from the government totaling about a billion dollars. Original Article (MSN):$1 billion for CAHOOTS Act included in American Rescue PlanArtwork Fair Use: Rod Waddington

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[In Oregon] $20 million for addiction services…

 …a compromise that will shift $20 million in marijuana sales taxes to support addiction recovery services… the Oregon Health Authority will take the lead, not a new council created by the ballot measure under the agency… It is not unusual for lawmakers to make further changes in ballot measures after voters approve them, although changes…

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Anthropology

Top… equity must-haves in any legalization bill…

Homegrow: allow consumers to grow a limited number of their own… at home [for example 6 per adult with max of 12 per residence] and gift a limited amount to other adults [for example, one ounce]. This serves as a check on monopolies, delays, and more… being promised that equity will come later: you know…

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The psychedelic renaissance… double-edged sword[?]

We must proceed with caution… with the world’s entheogenic heritage at risk, can the psychedelic renaissance make a difference? It only takes a quick search to learn about the atrocities being committed in similar places around the world. From land grabs in the Amazon to the bloody history of Wirikuta, Mexico, where the Huichol’s sacred…

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New California bill would decriminalize psychedelics, expunge criminal records

…measure would allow adults to cultivate, possess, distribute, transport, and consume magic mushrooms in California. A grassroots initiative is already gaining traction in California at the same time lawmakers are considering the decriminalization bill. Decriminalize California has set a goal of collecting 623,212 valid signatures to qualify the California Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative for the November…

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