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Creating scarcity…

…legislating at the state level is different than local cities[?]… the idea that another human or government can intervene in this unalienable and sacred birthright seems ludicrous, as ludicrous as if the government suddenly suggested it would control and limit the number of times a parent could hug their child. Few things seem as fundamentally…

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…frontiers in the law of psychedelics

The state of the law on psychedelic substances is in flux. Not only are more and more jurisdictions decriminalizing the use of psychedelics for recreational purposes, but it appears that psychedelic substances are the new horizon… Psilocybin is a naturally occurring compound produced by over 200 species of mushrooms. Psilocybin is currently categorized as a…

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..falling in love with psychedelics…

…the most important thing to remember about all drugs is that they offer both opportunities and risks.  What we really need… is new kinds of social norms that can guide the use of drugs without falling back on prohibitionist moralising… it appears the war on drugs is petering out… though that the view from the…

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A… magic mushrooms legal guide

…magic mushrooms. Some countries are debating overturning decades-old psilocybin bans in favor of a policy of decriminalization… legalization… Magic mushrooms are a general term for any mushroom with hallucinogenic properties. These mushrooms can be found naturally. In many countries, magic mushrooms are technically illegal, although these laws are loosely enforced. Law enforcement may have a…

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To decolonize drugs, start with [understanding]…

…this kind of internalized prohibition “shows how the process of colonialism colonizes not only the land, but the people as well, to become a perpetual machine of oppression against themselves.” …research points to implementation of drug prohibition and penalization policies as a way to “civilize” Indigenous peoples [and “others”]. Over time, these ideas have been…

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Psychedelic drugs will follow pot’s path to legalization

…the old arguments against psychedelics are obsolete, grounded as they were in a fundamental fear of the experience of altered consciousness… indeed, when local municipalities vote to “legalize” [ie, decriminalize, ie, home production, non-commercial grow, gather, gifting, etc.] mushrooms, as several Massachusetts cities (including my own hometown of Cambridge) did in early 2021, they are…

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Psychedelics don’t deserve the stigma

It’s time to destroy the stigma surrounding psychedelics and educate ourselves on their effects. Just like any drug that is used irresponsibly, psychedelics still pose a risk to users, but when used safely, they are undeserving of the false, overexaggerated effects people ascribe to them. Thankfully, psychedelics are gradually breaking out of the taboo. Last…

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Ethical concerns about psilocybin intellectual property

It is critical to reconsider the neoliberal pharmaceutical approach, including basic science to clinical science, and the implications of its stated goals. In the case of psilocybin, for which there are now at least 24 registered patent processes… bioprospecting and biopiracy often cause conflicts, tensions, disconnection, poverty, and suffering in the communities… Depression is considered…

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…in praise of magic mushrooms…

It’s the latest wrinkle in the burgeoning food-as-medicine movement… …and the ongoing rollback of the war on drugs. In November [2020], [Oregon decriminalized personal possession of psilocybin]. Investors, for one, are tripping, pouring funds into more than 200 mushroom startups in the U.S. Original Article (Forbes):Forbes food & drink awards 2020: In praise of magic…

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2020 was the [first of many years of] psychedelics [ahead]…

2020 recorded the highest number of published psilocybin research to date, with the NIH’s pubmed registering 118 publications on the drug, almost double from the 68 publications recorded in 2019… “This is going to lead to a constitutional challenge, which is actually how cannabis came about…” …[that] means you’re going to have de facto legalization,…

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