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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Politics

…proven magic mushroom…

Health Canada hasn’t publicly explained what’s behind the apparent freeze on Section 56 exemptions… [Bruce] Tobin says the current process of essentially requiring someone to be at death’s door is unworkable. Still, he anticipates that psilocybin access will go the way cannabis first did, through new regulations making it available for medical use. “My intuitions…

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Politics

Why we need drug policy reform

What kind of policies could we enact instead? The failure of the war on drugs has led to new ideas and alternative models, including: Decriminalization: While drugs remain illegal and drug use is a prohibited behavior, violations are considered misdemeanors or administrative offenses. Treatment services can be scaled up and people are more inclined to…

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Politics

California moves toward psychedelic drug decriminalization…

That such a proposal passed one half of the legislature in the most populous state in the country might have been shocking as recently as a decade ago––and it serves as another sign of the evolving national conversation surrounding drugs in the United States. …aims to make other sweeping reforms related to psychedelics. “Existing law…

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Politics

…if shrooms [grow, gather, gift] get decriminalized…

…people all over the world are talking about decriminalizing natural… [visionary] plants known as entheogens… the first agricultural societies were talking about mushrooms the way we are now, 7,000 years later. It’s essential to understand why advocates… aim for decriminalizing… a decriminalized status means that people who grow, gather or give away mushrooms won’t be…

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Science

…potent is that magic mushroom…

Can the [psychedelic, entheogenic,] hallucinogenic and medicinal components of mushrooms be analyzed and shared the same as cannabis? …potency tests have demonstrated that the active… compounds in magic mushrooms… vary widely across cultivars and species, and that measuring a dose by weight does not guarantee the same effect every time. Variations in growing and drying techniques, environment and…

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Biography/Memoir

Amazon [company] backs marijuana legalization…

…supports a proposed U.S. legislation to legalize cannabis at the federal level… Amazon was hit with a proposed class action suit, which claimed that the company was violating a New York City law by testing applicants for jobs at local facilities for marijuana… the company does not allow marijuana sales on its platform. Original Article…

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Science

…a drinking problem

Americans tend to drink in more dysfunctional ways than people in other societies… again and again, an era of overindulgence begets an era of renunciation: Binge, abstain. Binge, abstain… as Michael Sayette, a leading alcohol researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, recently told me, if you packaged alcohol as an anti-anxiety serum and submitted it…

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