Spirituality

Oregon 1st in US to soften on hard drugs, ‘magic’ mushrooms

“Measure 110 [in Oregon] is arguably the biggest blow to the war on drugs to date.”, says Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which was behind the hard-drugs measure. It received 59% yes votes and 41% no votes, with roughly 1.9 million votes counted, according to unofficial partial results from the secretary…

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Politics

D.C. psychedelics decriminalization initiative officially takes effect

“It is declared the policy of this act to make investigation and arrest of adults [18+] for non-commercial planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, possessing or engaging in practices with entheogenic plants and fungi among the lowest law enforcement priorities for the District of Columbia…” this is a notable accomplishment for advocates, as Congress has previously…

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Modern Culture

Thousands attend… psychedelic shroom festival in Ann Arbor

Police reported there were no issues or arrests. Several elected officials joined psychedelic activists Sunday in rallying the crowd to get behind efforts to decriminalize… state Sen. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor. “It does no good to criminalize these plants.” Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Burton-Harris told the crowd about their…

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Modern Culture

Shroom delivery is now a thing

The educational component is what the activists in Colorado are focusing on through the Denver Mushroom Cooperative – an above-ground organization… leaders of the co-op go into private homes, helping people set up their own mushroom grows… And at a cannabis festival she went to recently, Melissa Lavasani [chairwoman of the Capitol’s Decriminalize Nature legislation,…

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Biography/Memoir

…Sacklers’ immunity threatened as Department of Justice moves to block opioid deal

The Department of Justice is fighting to strip the billionaire Sackler family of the sweeping legal immunity granted as part of a controversial $4.5 billion opioid settlement. …in filings, DOJ trustee Harrington argued that the releases are unconstitutional because they deprive people of the ability to make legal claims – a form of property – against the…

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Modern Culture

Inside 9/20, the holiday for psychedelic mushrooms

Indeed, in a legal sense, psilocybin is following a similar trajectory to cannabis… just like cannabis activists did 25 years ago, its initial political gains are starting at the local level. In May 2019, Denver voters decriminalized psilocybin for personal possession at the ballot box, and a month later, Oakland’s city council decriminalized not only psilocybin mushrooms,…

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Science

How an expert psilocybin tester chooses award-winning mushroom

To determine the amount of psilocybin and psilocin in each submission, the scientists… used a technology called High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). …much like what happened with cannabis and THC, there’s been laser-focus on one compound in magic mushrooms – psilocybin. While it’s certainly important to understand the compounds that produce such a strong psychoactive effect, it’s also…

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Modern Culture

Psychedelic use on the rise…

This rise in the use of psychedelics is a [national &] international trend. …results from a survey that questions the general public on drug use, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, has tracked a similar trend, with 1.2 million 18 to 25-year-olds admitted taking LSD in 2019 compared with 317,000 in 2004 –…

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Modern Culture

…reverse some ‘war on drugs’ impacts

…efforts for psychedelics also comes after many states have legalized the recreational use of marijuana… reform at the federal level has stalled. Michigan Sen. Jeff Irwin emphasized that the legislation will rid people of the ugly choice of having to choose between prioritizing their health and safety or following the law… Myc Williams, spokesperson for…

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