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…for a psychedelic plant…

…a social worker… has recently arrived to take part in an iboga initiation ceremony. She has been taking iboga sporadically for 15 years as a means of self-discovery, something she says most of her American relatives fail to appreciate. A big part of iboga is creativity, so you paint your face into a mask —…

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…legal strategy…csa [controlled substances act]

After determining that the UDV’s settlement and resulting exception were too intrusive, three Santo Daime churches based in Oregon sued the DEA, seeking protection under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act rather than an exemption to the CSA. The decision in the 2008-9 case, Church of the Holy Light of the Queen v. Mukasey, ruled in…

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Decriminalization of psychedelics bill met… legislature

…the legislation would also repeal provisions in the California criminal code that prohibit the cultivation and transportation of spores of mushrooms associated with the psychoactive ingredient. …note that police unions and their lobbyists opposed marijuana legalization vociferously, making several claims about how the legalization of the drug would lead to an increase in crime and…

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City Council will soon consider a resolution that would decriminalize psychedelic plants and fungi in Arcata

([However] the sale of entheogenic plants and fungi is a felony deemed worthy of prison time. The decriminalization of selling entheogenic plants and fungi is not included in the scope of goals pursued…) Arcata residents 21 and older may soon be free to embark on psychedelic trips without trip-to-the-police-department fears thanks to… Decriminalize Nature Humboldt… If the…

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Mexico’s supreme court strikes down marijuana prohibition… [US supreme court…]

The U.S., conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas… denounced the federal government’s inconsistent approach to marijuana policy and suggested that it may necessitate a reevaluation of an earlier ruling that upheld prohibition. [In Mexico] the 8-3 vote means that marijuana possession and cultivation for personal use will be legal nationally. The Ministry of Health would still…

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Psychedelic mushroom shops reach the americas

The Western hemisphere is getting its… brick and mortar psychedelic and functional mushrooms store a la Amsterdam’s “smart shops.” This… will help make mushroom-based wellness more accessible to consumers. …build and operate a “smart shop” retail store offering tinctures, capsules, topicals, edibles and other mushroom-based products… and related accessories…. functional and psychedelic mushroom retail outlet… Original Article…

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Psychedelic mushrooms: where and how…

Despite being a Schedule I drug by federal laws, several states in the United States have taken steps to ease laws on possession of psilocybin mushrooms. Movements to decriminalize “shrooms” started in the USA in May 2019 with Denver, Colorado becoming the first city to decriminalize. Two cities in California, Oakland and Santa Cruz followed…

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[One of many a] movement to decolonize psychedelic pharma

“Dominant-culture white society, as a bottom line, should always give preference to listening to Indigenous representative people… with ceremonial technology, we should just listen,” says Miriam Volat. …recommends the Nagoya Protocol as the reciprocity standard for all psychedelic pharma companies… as the Nagoya Protocol specifies that the company attach a “cultural heritage” to the compound…

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Vancouver… details of drug decriminalization plan

In a letter to [Patty] Hajdu and the Vancouver and British Columbia working groups on decriminalization, a coalition of 15 organizations said the current proposal must be scrapped immediately as it risks reproducing the harms of prohibition. The coalition is asking the city to raise the proposed drug thresholds from a three-day supply and demanded the Vancouver Police Department take a…

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