Psychedelics

Mexico Introduces Bill to Legalize Medical and Recreational Cannabis Use

Kristin Hugo, writing for The Independent:

A Mexico senator has introduced a bill that would legalise recreational marijuana. 

Andrés Manuel López Obrador is the president-elect of Mexico, and his soon-to-be interior interior minister Olga Sanchez Cordero proposed a bill to legalise marijuana.

If it passes, each person will be allowed to have up to 20 plants at a time for personal consumption. The bill would also include regulating and monitoring production, sales, and consumption.

In five separate court cases, Mexico’s supreme court has ruled in favour of private citizens suing for their rights to consume recreational marijuana. If this law passes, it would no longer require a lawsuit for each citizen to smoke. 

Great to see that Mexico is moving forward with its plan to legalize cannabis. Pretty soon, America is going to be in the middle of a Legal Cannabis Sandwich.


How to Microdose Mushrooms Without Having a Connect or Breaking the Law

Reilly Capps, writing for Rooster Magazine:

There are two known ways to secure mushroom microdosing material without having any sort of connection, and without breaking the law — or, actually, without breaking the law so much that you risk ending up in the Big House with a new girlfriend named Bruce.

There are some solid microdosing tips here. Just about anyone can figure out a microdosing option that will work from them, even if they don’t know an illegal drug dealer personally.

The only people who can tell the difference between shrooms and 4-AcO at low doses are probably currently following Tipper on tour in a van. 

This cracked me up because it’s almost exactly what I’ll be doing next week. Can’t wait to see ‘ole Dave Tipper again.


High Court Orders Thousands More Drug Cases Dismissed

Wheeler Cowperthwaite, writing for Cape Code Times:

The state Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday ordered that thousands of tainted drug cases be dismissed because a chemist tampered with samples at the state’s Amherest [sic] testing lab and prosecutors with the attorney general’s office withheld evidence. […]

The case is a result of multiple lawsuits over testing by former chemist Sonja Farak, who stole and tampered with drug samples for her personal use and covered up her misconduct in the lab’s computer system.

She pleaded guilty in 2014 to charges of tampering with evidence, stealing cocaine from the lab and unlawful possession.

She also had testified in court cases between 2005 and 2013 while intoxicated on cocaine, LSD, ketamine and other drugs.

A drug sample testing lab that offers easy access to high quality psychoactives must be an incredibly difficult place for some chemists to work. This particular chemist ended up giving into temptation and broke the rules. Even though she’ll be punished for her actions, the bright side in this case is that a lot of other drug users are going to get off scot-free.


What About the Future of the Psychedelic Industry?

Katie Stone, writing for Chacruna:

Medical-only and medical-first approaches might be palatable to prohibitionists, but there is no liberation from the Drug War until all drug users are free. Period. Psychonauts are not morally superior to people who use meth, or alcohol, or heroin. Anyone leading drug policy reform conversations from a platform that suggests otherwise needs to pass the talking stick to a drug policy reformer who leads with compassion. After the war is over, you’ll be free to exercise your superiority complex.

Amen.


DOJ Affirms Free Water and Drug Education Not a Violation of the RAVE Act

Dede, writing for Amend the RAVE Act!:

Dear friends and other steadfast supporters,

I am thrilled to bring you two important updates about our work to amend the RAVE Act.

First, earlier this year, I received a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) informing me that free water should absolutely be provided at dance music festivals and concerts!

Then, last week the Justice Department added that fact-based drug education material may be distributed at events! In fact, they said that both of these measures have been deemed to be ‘reasonable and appropriate safety measures.’

Free water at music festivals is an absolute no-brainer, and educating drug users about how to use drugs in the safest manner possible can have a huge impact. Lives will definitely be saved because of these changes. This is excellent news for the harm reduction movement.