Biography/Memoir

…the swirling battle over psychedelics intellectual property

Carey Turnbull, a philanthropist who is a board member of several psychedelic non-profits including Usona Institute, created another non-profit, Freedom to Operate, to fight patents that infringe on existing knowledge. He believes Compass’s latest patent should not stand. “From FTO’s ongoing research, we understand that it is nearly impossible to crystallize psilocybin and not obtain…

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D.C. psychedelics decriminalization initiative officially takes effect

“It is declared the policy of this act to make investigation and arrest of adults [18+] for non-commercial planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, possessing or engaging in practices with entheogenic plants and fungi among the lowest law enforcement priorities for the District of Columbia…” this is a notable accomplishment for advocates, as Congress has previously…

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Fourth Massachusetts city approves psychedelics [and broader drug] reform…

“It properly frames these plants as belonging somewhere other than Schedule I”, said [City Council Member] Owen Zaret… the resolution is non-binding and doesn’t require police to deprioritize enforcement of laws prohibiting psychedelics – as has been the case in other cities across the U.S… excepting Lophophora and animal-derived controlled substances. [City Council Member Thomas…

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Big pharma seizes Brazilian market while medical cannabis bill is stalled

Before the voting of Bill 399, the Government, opposed to the legislation and to the regulation of cannabis cultivation in Brazil, tried to strategically  hinder its advance.  The Ministry of Health suggested and considered the incorporation of CBD oil into the Universal Health System (SUS, in Portuguese). The only concentration allowed, though, would be 200mg/ml.…

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…the FDA’s reluctance to approve medical cannabis

…the pharmaceutical industry spent $3.48 billion dollars on lobbying in 2020… here were 1,502 pharmaceutical lobbyists in 2020, 63.58% of whom were former government employees. So of course, when you have billions of dollars invested… you can ask your good ol pals at the FDA to approve all kinds of drugs. However, while the cannabis industry…

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…psychedelics activists launch initiative to legalize community-based sales with support from city council

“So, it makes sense that the benefits of the discovery or rediscovery of the healing power of these entheogens by the west are enjoyed first and foremost by indigenous people, communities of color, and local communities, in general.” [said Oakland District 5 City Council Member Noel Gallo]. Building upon the initial Oakland decriminalization of the…

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…rescheduling psilocybin

Citing the medical benefits of psilocybin, nine U.S. cities and the State of Oregon have decriminalized or legalized psilocybin… In Oregon, the Research Subcommittee of the Oregon Psilocybin Advisory Board, composed of physicians, biologists and public health officials, analyzed the research and concluded that “high quality phase [I and II] clinical trials suggest that psilocybin is efficacious…

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Legalizing marijuana: two Pa. lawmakers have joined forces in a bipartisan effort to get it done

The latest push to legalize recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania is bringing two lawmakers together from opposite parties with very different backgrounds. “It’s time for us to move forward in Pennsylvania,” said Regan, a former U.S. marshal who played a role in crafting the state’s medical marijuana program… having this first-time bipartisan, bicameral effort to legalize…

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