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…on the leading edge of a ‘shroom boom

Long-time drug reform advocate Dana Larsen… was at the forefront of cannabis activism. “Vancouver had a convergence of activism in the 1990s,” he says. Legal cannabis activism, alongside drug user liberation groups like VANDU (Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users), helped to shift the local climate from one where bong shops were raided to one…

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…launch of…

…recalls his postdoc years, when his father advised him that psychedelic medicine would be “the kiss of death” for his career. Around 2016, however, there was a major shift around findings showing profound antidepressant and anxiolytic effects among people with advanced stage cancer… another tipping point was the publication of Michael Pollan’s book How to Change…

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Oregon… mass pardons…

Kate Brown’s pardons will remove 47,144 convictions for simple possession of marijuana from individual records. Following the pardon, the Oregon Judicial Department will ensure that all related court records are sealed as required by law, according to the governor’s office… the pardoned marijuana convictions will no longer show up on background checks of public court…

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…psychedelic surge

“I am an advocate for psychedelics. I can’t help it,” explains 57-year-old Jacqueline Lopez, “I mean, it wasn’t that long ago that I thought to myself, ‘What are you thinking, Jackie? These are Schedule I drugs. You can’t just go around talking about them.’ But the science behind it is superb and I had seen…

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Coloradans… psilocybin… access model…

Alan Floyd is a cancer patient who uses psilocybin under the federal Right to Try Act. Floyd said traditional pharmaceuticals did not work for him, and that some even made him suicidal. However, he found some solace in psychedelic mushroom capsules. “The way we’ve defined personal use, and that we’re approaching decriminalization, is that individuals…

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Psychedelics can treat ptsd, so should they be given to soldiers?

Another question is whether they’d even want to fight. “Would people all become hippies and leave the military? I don’t think that’s the case. There’s something noble about defending others and defending your country. Some people will choose to serve and some will not,” said Rick Doblin, the founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic…

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All veterans should have access to the psilocybin…

Even the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has started offering psychedelic substances to patients as a part of clinical trials. Veteran Luke Gruber said, “I didn’t want the pills provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. And talk therapy just didn’t help. Rudderless and prone to extreme mood swings, I increasingly isolated myself from family…

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It’s legal to use… magic mushrooms… in Oregon…

Chrissi DelaCruz had it “in a powder form that was mixed with, like, a juice… that proved to me that everything that I need to heal is within myself,” she said… Asked if he worries about giving doses of psilocybin on the same property where his wife and their three toddlers live, Jason Lampman pointed directly…

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