Politics

…first step to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms…

…revise State drug laws to decriminalize the “personal possession, storage, use, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution in personal possession amounts without profit, transport, and consumption of psilocybin mushrooms” by individuals 18 and older. The proposal also says it applies to “any person younger than 18 with parental or guardian consent.” Otherwise, the maximum punishment for a psilocybin…

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Politics

Oakland city council effectively decriminalizes psychedelic mushrooms [and other entheogenic plants]

Oakland’s resolution is broader than Denver’s. Denver’s initiative decriminalized the use and possession of mushrooms containing the compound psilocybin, whereas Oakland’s refers to “entheogenic plants” in general, which includes the mushrooms and other plants and fungi containing psychoactive substances. The resolution says city money will not be used “to assist in the enforcement of laws…

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Biography/Memoir

Psilocybin is headed for the mainstream… it’s bringing the problems of Big Pharma with it

“That’s the case with the pharmaceutical industry time and time again: good intentions are marred by the drive to maximize revenue.” -Adam Winstock, MD (University College London, an addiction medicine specialist and founder of the Global Drug Survey.) While psilocybin is a naturally occurring molecule, the chemistry to develop a standardized synthetic version deemed safe…

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Medicine/Healing

…public housing tenants not allowed to partake

Margolin said threatening people with losing their homes for doing what others are allowed to do is cruel. “This is absolutely unequal and unfair protection of people”. -Bruce Margolin (an attorney and the director of the Los Angeles chapter of NORML, a national advocacy group striving to decriminalize marijuana across the country.) Margolin recounted several…

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Anthropology

Santa Cruz… considers decriminalizing psychedelics

If approved, that would mean the City Council “supports the possession, use, and/or cultivation of entheogenic psychoactive plants and fungi for personal adult use and clinical research and psychoactive practices, and declares that the investigation and arrest of individuals involved with the adult possession, use, or cultivation of entheogenic psychoactive plants and fungi listed on…

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Science

Can a “trip-free” [un]psychedelic still help people with depression?

They’re not only seeking out non-hallucinogenic psychedelics (after all, the hallucination bit might be crucial) but also analyzing different chemical versions of psilocybin that could “improve” on the original model. They plan to use a sedative drug called midazolam, which has been shown in studies to produce a kind of amnesia that can temporarily prevent…

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Medicine/Healing

Veterans vouch for ayahuasca therapy

During his time in the military, he became heavily reliant on drugs: marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, psychedelics. “I just realized there’s never really, ever, a time for war,” he said. Grob extensively studied the psychological effects of ayahuasca in Brazil in the 1990s, focusing on the UniÃo Do Vegetal church, which uses ayahuasca on a regular…

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Medicine/Healing

Santa Cruz could decriminalize magic mushrooms

“It’s going to be the lowest priority for police officers, who possess, use, and cultivate these plants and fungi for adults’ personal use,” said Santa Cruz city Vice Mayor Justin Cummings. [a/v video transcript] The proposed resolution would declare the investigation and arrest of individuals involved with adult possession, use, or cultivation of psychoactive plants…

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Biography/Memoir

A change in a mushroom petition… amongst psilocybin [mushroom] advocates

Initiative PDX-01 petition aims to amend the Portland City Charter by decriminalizing a handful of substances that advocates describe as “psychedelic plant materials,”  including psilocybin-containing mushrooms. The petition also pushes back against the Petition 34 premise of allowing psilocybin only in licensed therapeutic centers, arguing that “making these medicines available only through government-licensed facilities or healthcare centers…

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Politics

Oregonians could see 3 votes on psilocybin [mushrooms] in 2020

Initiative PDX-01 has been filed to decriminalize five substances the measure defines as “psychedelic plant medicines.” Psilocybin mushrooms, mescaline cacti and DMT-containing plants… [15-1-2. No Law Shall Regulate Personal Use or Possesion of Psychedelic Plant Medicines. (a) The City of Portland shall adopt no law prohibiting or regulating the personal use or possession of psychedelic plant medicines…

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