Anthropology

Beijing says… [American and Canadian] legalization of marijuana is a ‘threat to China’

*remainder of China’s “Great Wall”China severely punishes those caught smuggling or trafficking… including foreigners … The move puts it at odds with North America, where cannabis has increasing levels of social acceptance. Anyone found with more than 50 grams (1.76 ounces) of a controlled substance can face the death penalty. Authorities in major cities, including…

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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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Oregon Senate takes steps to allow marijuana exports

The Oregon Senate passed a bill Wednesday (5/15/2019) that would allow Oregon-grown marijuana to be exported and sold in other states. “It is just one of the best places to grow this [cannabis]. It’s like Pinot Noir.” … Adam Smith [of Craft Cannabis Alliance] said … Senate Bill 582 still needs to pass the House…

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Confessions of a White Vampire

Several times during my stay in the [ayahuasca drinking] community, different men took me aside and confided that they knew of nearby gold deposits that they would be willing to show me. They said this as if to test my interest. I would reply with indifference to these propositions, much to my interlocutors’ surprise. A…

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