California Claims the Crown for the Nation’s First Recreational Pot Cafes

Randy Robinson, writing for MERRY JANE:

The first cannabis cafe that can actually serve weed and THC-infused beverages to any adult 21 and over is coming to the Los Angeles area, thanks to Lowell Herb Co.

Bout time.

First MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Trial Successful in Combatting Alcoholism

Karlie Powell, writing for Your EDM:

MDMA in conjunction with psychotherapy appears to be successful in treating alcoholism, according to a new clinical study.

The first-of-its-kind trial was conducted over eight weeks and saw four patients from different walks of life: “a 54-year-old mother-of-three, a 34-year-old man with two children, a retired man who had been drinking for 30 years and a former heroin user.” Each were treated with weekly psychotherapy sessions and monthly doses of 99.9 percent pure MDMA.

Two of the adults “slipped up” and had a single drink each over the eight weeks. However, the other two subjects remained completely sober for the entirety of the treatment. Although this was a small, four-person study, the results proved to be quite remarkable.

Three of the four people taking part in the trial attempted to quit drinking before the MDMA treatment. None of them succeeded. This time around, they all managed to stay sober for at least nine months.

This is a preliminary study with impressive results, and according to what I’ve heard from one little birdy this is just the start—there is more where this came from.

YouTube Software Engineer Arrested After an LSD Rampage

David Mack, writing for BuzzFeed News:

It began with a group of friends renting a seaside home in California for the Independence Day holiday weekend.

It ended with one of the men arrested and in a hospital, fighting for his life, after he was shot by sheriff's deputies following what authorities say was an LSD-fueled rampage that left eight people injured.

Betai Koffi, a 32-year-old San Francisco software engineer at YouTube, was arrested Thursday by Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies after he allegedly punched, choked, and stabbed friends, strangers, and authorities, and rammed them with a vehicle, during his bad trip.

What a horrific tale. I feel terrible for everyone involved, and it’s scenarios like this one that highlight why accurate drug education and psychedelic harm reduction are of utmost importance as drug use continues to become less taboo and more people start experimenting with powerful psychoactive substances like LSD.

Sydney Teen Swallowed MDMA Pills ‘To Avoid Detection’ at a Music Festival

Sarah McPhee, writing for

A 19-year-girl who died after an MDMA overdose took up to three pills in close proximity to avoid detection by police, a Sydney inquest has heard. Alexandra Ross-King's death is one of six at NSW music festivals between December 2017 and January 2019 being examined at an inquest before Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame. […]

She said Ms Ross-King consumed two half-pills on her journey from the Central Coast in a minibus to Parramatta Park earlier this year and two more pills upon her arrival."The January FOMO festival involved an unusual pattern of consumption for her," Dr Dwyer said at the NSW Coroners Court in Lidcombe on Monday. "She told her friends that because she was nervous about being caught by the police, she took the drugs at once like that."

This unfortunate death could have been completely avoided if police weren’t trying to bust drug users. How many more people have to die unnecessarily before we finally get some sane drug laws on the books?

New Law Allows NC Drug Dealers to Be Charged With Murder

Steve Daniels, writing for WTVD:

Prosecutors have a new tool to help reduce the number of people dying in North Carolina from opioid overdoses.

On Monday, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law the "death by distribution" act.

It allows prosecutors to charge drug dealers with second-degree murder.

Fuck this spin. “New tool” my ass. This is a horribly misguided and frustratingly ignorant legislation that will cause more harms than the drugs do themselves, the type of thing that frankly makes me straight-up ashamed to hail from the Tar Heel State. Allow me to briefly explain why:

  1. Many “drug dealers” are actually just drug users that are selling small amounts of drugs to support their own habit. These people need help to address real problems like addiction and other mental health issues and do not deserve to be criminalized.

  2. This will undoubtedly cause preventable deaths by discouraging 911 calls. Why would a drug user (or provider) call for emergency assistance when they might run the risk of being charged with murder for trying to help their friend stay alive?

  3. People who are trying to be charitable by gifting drugs to their friends, or acquiring drugs for a group who would otherwise not have access to them, are often charged under this type of law. They too should not be charged with murder for trying to help people they know access the drugs that they want (or need, in the case of true dependence).

And when it comes to coverage like this, I have to say that I’m not at all surprised that a local news outlet in the South isn’t educated about drugs, but I am disappointed.