Anthropology

Let the buyer beware: Advertised “Ayahuasca Healing Retreats” are not legal in the United States

It appears their mistaken beliefs with regard to the laws of the United States are based upon a misunderstanding of an exemption for the religious use of peyote (another controlled substance) by a legitimate religious organization called the Native American Church, established in 1918. Organization’s misunderstandings seem to be rooted in the belief that because…

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Hemp poised to become major crop

Although hemp’s popularity is nothing new, its potential as an agricultural commodity has blossomed since the 2018 Farm Bill, which classified industrial hemp as a commodity and removed it from the list of controlled substances. Even when Oregon had a hemp program, which was established in 2015 after the 2014 Farm Bill passed, the industry…

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OSU launches global hemp research center

Jay Noeller, an OSU professor of crop and soil science who is to head the new center also noted a sense of an historical cycle coming around. “By bringing the center to Oregon, you can also think of it as we’re returning it home, because this was the site of national research on hemp from…

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A new age dawns for legal cannabis

During the past few months, so many of you have spoken with legislators, or with the media, or with each other. Today that work has paid off. But this is just the beginning. On the afternoon of June 20th, 2019 Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 582, the so-called “cannabis export” bill. In doing…

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Oregon House passes bill to transport cannabis across State lines

It’s a very strong statement by the Oregon Legislature that will reverberate across the country. “There are serious environmental, patient access, public safety, regulatory compliance, economic and social justice issues that would be solved or ameliorated by allowing interstate commerce in cannabis.  This issue is important to us all.” Original Article (OPB and Adam Smith):Oregon House…

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