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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Spirituality

[Entheogen] advocates eye… reform

At last, a new era for entheogenic plants has begun… the idea is to essentially convince… district attorneys to make investigation and prosecution of crimes related to entheogenic plants their city’s lowest law enforcement priority. In September [2020], that’s what Ann Arbor’s City Council in Michigan voted unanimously to do. A term used to categorize plants…

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Politics

UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs removes cannabis from strictest category

The U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted Wednesday [12/2/20] to remove cannabis and cannabis resin from a category of the world’s most dangerous drugs, which could impact the global medical marijuana industry. The Vienna-based U.N. agency said in a statement that it had voted 27-25, with one abstention, to follow the World Health Organization’s recommendation to remove…

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Spirituality

Never forget: before there was a mush rush, there was a plea for decency

Traditionally, psychedelic drugs have been used and studied in culturally-specific rituals, academic research, through nonprofit organizations, and by curious psychonauts the world over…. As the psychedelic industry shifts into an aboveground, for-profit system, more straight-laced, profit-focused entities are going to come out of the corporate “psychedelic closet,” supporting and advocating for the system which will…

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Biography/Memoir

…psychedelic investor

“People say that dying is natural, but it’s really things going wrong in your body,” [Christian Angermayer] says. “Science is just beginning to better understand the reasons for ageing and dying, and a disease that we understand will eventually be cured.” “We are not coming after the hippies growing this organically at home,” he says……

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Modern Culture

Psychedelics as political players…

In a sense, psychedelics are belatedly following the other parts of the 60s counterculture that have been mainstreamed via commercials, fashion, lingo, music, and literature. Yet, for all the Baby Boomer nostalgia industry, a real hardcore part remained outside. And that’s because it preexisted the 60s but found, however brief, a public expression in the…

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Politics

…decriminalize psychedelics under new state and local proposals

Behind the decriminalization measures emerging across the country is a growing sense that the decades-long war on drugs has failed… reform passed in Oregon is likely to fuel efforts elsewhere. Activists in more than 100 cities have expressed interest in enacting [decriminalize nature] reforms. …[at the state-level]… California’s forthcoming decriminalization bill would apply only to psychedelics, including psilocybin…

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Psychology

Canada is allowing people with [depression to consume & those with terminal illness to possess & consume] psychedelic mushrooms

The Canadian government is allowing patients who are not terminally ill to legally consume psychedelic mushrooms… Psilocybin, the active ingredient in mushrooms, is illegal to produce, possess, and sell in Canada; typically the only exception is for approved research purposes. But this summer [2020], Health Canada granted exemptions to people with terminal illnesses, allowing them to possess…

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