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Berkeley might become second city in the country to decriminalize… [all entheogenic plants and fungi on schedule 1]

“It is time to end the war on entheogenic plants and fungi.” Under Berkeley’s proposed resolution, police would still be able to enforce criminal penalties against people who are under 21, as well as anyone found to be commercially manufacturing or selling these entheogenic substances. Berkeley City Council will consider a measure that would forbid city…

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Magic Mushrooms… soon be used

This is one reason why some advocates believe that decriminalization is… even necessary… “A very large percentage of the people interested in psychedelic medicines can, with the right education and settings, do this work safely on their own or with a peer”. -Daniel McQueen “…decriminalization lets us begin to have that dialogue. When we take…

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Magic mushrooms for better health…

Denver’s measure doesn’t specify exactly how many mushrooms a person can possess before being targeted for prosecution, which police officials said may require clarification. The measure took effect upon its passage. “What is the definition of personal use? A day? A year? A lifetime? We’re trying to find the best balance,” said Denver police Commander James…

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How psychedelics helped to shape the Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion is an international social movement that aims to put pressure on Governments to radically change or bring about new policies which will support the continuation of life on Earth. Our method is nonviolent resistance, and our premise is this: extinction, or rebellion? Since launching in October 2018 XR has spread to at least…

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Psychedelic… [reorientation]

The data is conclusive. Tripping is up, most notably among young people. US government statistics show 1.31 million 18- to 25-year-olds admitted taking LSD in 2017 compared with 317,000 in 2004—almost a fourfold increase since the mid 2000s. And it’s not just in the US. Even among 12th graders, the use of LSD is edging…

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Call-to-action for ethical space-holding

These times, and working in these sacred and subtle, sensitive realms require ethics that far surpasses the standards that dictate dominant paradigm interactions. What are ethically-held entheogenic containers, therapies, and ceremonies? I can tell you it is NOT : forced touch, pushing farther, harder, deeper, or more … these spaces, ceremonies, ways are meant to induce…

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Denver vote to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms appears to snag last-minute victory

Turns out magic mushrooms really do sneak up on you! An earlier version of this story, citing preliminary results and media reports, stated that Measure 301 failed. In a twist that appears to have surprised most of the national media—and that did not occur until late Wednesday afternoon—Denver’s psilocybin mushroom decriminalization measure appears to have…

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…trip again [with whom?]

…psychedelics will not usher in the revolution. They are no substitute for political education and organizing. The insights brought on by the experience are not guaranteed to be true or useful. There are no shortcuts to justice or good politics. But psychedelics have unprecedented potential to make people’s lives better. Will psychedelics save us? Not…

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