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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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Scientists and veterans file lawsuit challenging DEA’s marijuana rescheduling denials

The Scottsdale Research Institute (SRI) filed suit… in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, asking for a review of DEA’s scheduling determinations in 2020, 2016 and 1992… they… argue that another statutory policy DEA says necessitates marijuana being strictly controlled is unconstitutional. In terms of valid therapeutic value, the agency (DEA) has said there…

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…increase in recent seizures by homeland security in the US

It has come to… attention that quite a few people have recently received packages with notices from Homeland Security informing them that contraband has been seized and to expect another notice. You are not legally required to appear anywhere, nor are you required to speak to law enforcement. In addition, you are not required to…

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…cannabis [and other psychedelic] colonialism

Canopy CEO Mark Zukelin stated last month that “the IP moat around our business” is one of the company’s greatest competitive advantages… cannabis companies in Canada are acting like biotech firms. Canopy already has 110 patents, and more than 290 patent applications. Their Intellectual Property (IP) strategy includes patents connected to vaping technology, to marijuana…

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DEA gets few comments on far-reaching marijuana research proposal with deadline looming

There [is less than one week] left for people to submit comments… As it stands, DEA’s proposal stipulates that applicants can be denied if they’ve violated the federal Controlled Substances Act—something all existing state-legal marijuana cultivation businesses have technically done. “Making the rules even more complicated by adding another step just inflates the DEA coffers…

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Ayahuasca [& entheogens]… grief and hope

No matter who or where we are, we are witnessing something no one has ever seen. The first topic of conversation everywhere on the planet seems to be that no one knows what’s going to happen… surety and predictability have vanished into thin air. We are being asked to make sacrifices: to isolate ourselves, to…

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New York lawmaker files bill to decriminalize [a single, isolated, psychedelic compound found in fungi]

A New York lawmaker recently introduced a bill to decriminalize psilocybin… by removing the main active ingredient from the state’s list of controlled substances. “Many cities, including Denver, CO, Santa Cruz, CA, and Oakland, CA, have already decriminalized the use and possession of psilocybin, and New York should do the same,” it continues. “With the…

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USDA unveils guidelines for Federal loans to hemp business

Borrowers who are not licensed to grow hemp will be considered in non-monetary default and any losses will not be covered … [Also] hemp that contains more than 0.3 percent THC must be disposed of under the department’s rules.  “While it’s understood that this new commodity will likely produce some servicing challenges because of State…

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