Anthropology

Lawmakers… vote to end marijuana testing of city workers

The resolution also emphasizes that the proposal is in response to lawmakers passing decriminalization legislation… “As a forward-looking and progressive city, we need to adapt and change with the times, as policy has,” [Councilwoman Stephanine] Lynch told Virginia Public Media. “In an environment where we are in such shortage of good employees, in my mind,…

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Anthropology

Organic weed certified by the State is coming…

…“comparable-to-organic.” In other words, the weed is organic according to the USDA standards, but it’s not labeled as “organic” to avoid the federal government’s regulatory wrath. Cannabis cultivated through purely organic methods is nothing new. In fact, that’s how the plant was originally grown, thousands of years ago. Some smaller cannabis operations rely on all-natural techniques for growing…

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Anthropology

The secret lives of fungi

Psilocybin [containing mushrooms have] already been decriminalized in Santa Cruz, Oakland, and Denver [including the right to grow at home for personal consumption in Denver and human/ecological rights-centric non-commodified sharing models, such as “grow, gather, gift”, in Santa Cruz and Oakland (with at least one of those cities developing a community-based [city-level] framework for local…

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Anthropology

…perspectives on the globalization of psilocybin mushrooms

The situation was further complicated when Huautla was included in a government program of “Magical Towns,” as the Mexican state attempted to appropriate local cultures to promote tourism. This commodification of sacred heritage resulted in the rise of autonomous neoshamans who worked for tourists, and sacred mushrooms gaining a monetary value for foreign tourists as…

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Spirituality

The case for… [entheogens]

These restrictions were not just for children or for recreational use, but for all use, with the exception of very expensive and highly regulated research, and some religious ceremonies—and these exceptions were only allowed after legal battles. These agencies even banned potential drugs based on the existing ones so people couldn’t develop new variants. In a sense,…

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Anthropology

…freaking out over nothing: report [from Canada]

According to Stats Canada, the rate of cannabis consumption for 15-17 year olds fell from 19.8 percent in 2018 to 10.4 percent in 2019… …[and] the percentage of survey respondents who said they drove within two hours of consuming weed remained the same—13.2 percent. Original Article (Vice):Everyone Scared of Legal Weed Was Freaking Out Over…

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Anthropology

Oregon is the only State on the west coast that lets you smell your [cannabis] before buying it

Head north or south of Oregon’s borders, and the consumer experience is far more limited. The ability to smell before you buy isn’t just a regulatory quirk: In cannabis, fragrance—or lack thereof—can indicate freshness, flavor and, if you know your terpenes, effects. In California and Washington, state law dictates that cannabis flower must be sold…

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