Oregon Voters Could See Measure to Decriminalize All Drugs on 2020 Ballot

Kyle Jaeger, writing for Marijuana Moment:

The measure, titled the “Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act,” places an emphasis on the need to treat drug addiction as a public health issue, rather than a criminal justice matter. Possession of small amounts of illegal substances, including heroin and cocaine, would be considered a class E violation, punishable by a maximum $100 fine and no jail time.

There would be an option to avoid the fine by completing a health assessment through an addiction recovery center. That process would involve a substance use disorder screening from a licensed health professional.

It’s great to see wide-sweeping drug decriminalization measures happening at the state level. These changes would only impact users, though—manufacture and distribution would still be felony offenses. And it’s not a done deal yet:

Advocates are still in the early phases of determining whether they will be able to mount a well-funded effort to qualify the measure for next year’s ballot.

Stay tuned.


This Week in Psychoactives - 9.6.19

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CANNABIS

  • Vitamin E Suspected In Serious Lung Problems Among People Who Vaped Cannabis (NPR)

  • The Mysterious Vaping-Induced Lung Illness Has Officially Killed Two People (MERRY JANE)

  • Mexican Senator Files Marijuana Legalization Bill Ahead Of Supreme Court Deadline (Marijuana Moment)

  • Vape Pen Lung Disease Has Insiders Eyeing Misuse of New Additives (Leafly)

  • Thailand Includes Low Level Cannabis And Hemp Extracts On Its Approved Medical Marijuana list (Forbes)

  • Three million Americans tried weed for the first time last year (Rooster Magazine)

  • Hemp Farming Quadrupled In The U.S. This Year, New Report Shows (Forbes)

  • Medical marijuana laws impact use among sexual minorities differently than heterosexuals (Science Daily)

  • Body Cameras for Cannabis Delivery Raise Concerns About Privacy in Mass. (Leafly)

  • Oakland says big pot grow in homeless encampment is illegal — but leaves it alone (San Francisco Chronicle)

  • Cannabis may hold promise to treat PTSD but evidence lags behind use (Science Daily)

LSD

  • Meet the doctor behind historic New Zealand LSD microdosing experiment (Newshub)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • A multi-million dollar donation just created a bonanza of magic mushroom research (Quartz)

  • Oregon Psychedelics Activists Clash Over Changes To Psilocybin Mushroom Ballot Measure (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why Do Magic Mushrooms Cause Nausea? (Psychedelic Science Review)

MDMA

  • MDMA for Racial Trauma (DoubleBlind)

  • Several Polk County high school students hospitalized after being exposed to MDMA (ABC Action News)

  • Man who took MDMA had 300 mini-seizures and parents twice told to say goodbye (Mirror)

AYAHUASCA

  • The 21 Best Scientific Papers About Ayahuasca (Chacruna)

  • Ayahuasca and the Problems of the World (Kahpi)

  • Woman, 34, dies after taking psychedelic drug during ‘spiritual cleansing’ ceremony in Cyprus (ItzaGoal365)

5-MEO-DMT

  • Inhaling Powdered Toad Secretions Just Once Is Linked to Feeling Happier For a Month (ScienceAlert)

KETAMINE

PCP

  • Casper PD: Man on PCP Left Teeth Marks in Patrol Car Door (K2 Radio)

OPIOIDS

  • OxyContin maker prepares 'free-fall' bankruptcy as settlement talks stall (Reuters)

  • Man Charged By Federal Prosecutors In Connection With Mac Miller's Death (NPR)

  • DC is offering the overdose reversing drug Naloxone for free at these select pharmacies (WJLA)

  • Researchers find alarming risk for people coming off opioids (UW Medicine)

  • Treat the fentanyl crisis like a poisoning outbreak (Los Angeles Times)

  • Liverpool's 40-year battle with heroin is reaching terrifying new levels (Liverpool Echo)

  • Hidden History: Humans Have Been Using Opium For Millennia (WGBH)

  • How Britain's opium trade impoverished Indians (BBC)

  • Ben Westhoff's 'Fentanyl, Inc.' confronts horrible truths about America's opioid epidemic (USA Today)

  • Law enforcement seizes enough fentanyl to kill 14 million people (WCVB)

COCAINE

  • Chronic cocaine use modifies gene expression (Medical Xpress)

  • Exercise can help beat cocaine addiction: Study (Times Now)

METHAMPHETAMINE

CAFFEINE

  • Drinking This Much Coffee Could Protect Against Gallstones (Newsweek)

  • Caffeine Headaches: Telltale Signs And Symptoms (Medical Daily)

TOBACCO

  • Michigan becomes first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes (The Washington Post)

  • Walgreens raises minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21 (WILX)

ALCOHOL

  • A Rat Study Finds that Acupuncture Can Treat Alcohol Addiction... in Rats (Gizmodo)

  • In Europe, people continue to consume more alcohol than in any other place in the world (World Health Organization)

  • Daybreak app more than halves alcohol use in three months (Medical Xpress)

KRATOM

  • Franklin becomes first municipality in state to ban sale of kratom (WMUR)

  • Legislation filed that would regulate sale of kratom and CBD products in Pa. (The Indiana Gazette)

  • Can Kratom be beneficial for MMA fighters and athletes? (Pro MMA Now)

  • Organic Kratom can Improve Mental and Physical Health for an Active Lifestyle (Big Time Daily)

KAVA

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Johns Hopkins Opens New Center for Psychedelic Research (The New York Times)

  • Psychedelic Drugs Draw Some Investor Attention—and Much Skepticism (The Wall Street Journal)

  • 'Treatment Facilities' Aren't What You Think They Are (The New York Times)

  • And a million of us tried psychedelics last year, too (Rooster Magazine)

  • Vaping May Hamper the Lungs' Ability to Fend off Infections (WIRED)

  • Mexico’s new drug war may be worse than old one (Associated Press)

  • How I Infiltrated a Chinese Drug Lab (VICE)

  • U of M Medical School to host first Psychedelic Symposium (Detroit Metro Times)

  • She spent more than $110,000 on drug rehab. Her son still died. (Vox)

  • Tim Ferriss, the Man Who Put His Money Behind Psychedelic Medicine (The New York Times)

  • The Science and Healing Benefits of Psychedelics (Chronogram)

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Johns Hopkins Opens New Center for Psychedelic Research

Benedict Carey, writing for The New York Times:

On Wednesday, Johns Hopkins Medicine announced the launch of the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, to study compounds like LSD and psilocybin for a range of mental health problems, including anorexia, addiction and depression. The center is the first of its kind in the country, established with $17 million in commitments from wealthy private donors and a foundation. Imperial College London launched what is thought to be the world’s first such center in April, with some $3.5 million from private sources.

First Imperial College London, now Johns Hopkins. It’s amazing to see two psychedelic research centers open up in one year. And $17 million from a group of private donors ain’t too bad.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this announcement is what will be studied:

Within the center, scientists will launch studies of psilocybin (the key psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms) as a treatment for a panoply of disorders and conditions: anorexia, opioid addiction, Alzheimer’s, chronic Lyme disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and alcohol addiction. John Hopkins scientists will also study the effects of micro-dosing on healthy people, and will conduct a study on how psilocybin affects creativity.

Many of these tests of psilocybin are novel: The studies on anorexia, Alzheimer’s, opiate addiction, and Lyme disease will all be the first of their kind. And though there’s currently an advanced trial on using the psychedelic MDMA to treat PTSD, the John Hopkins trial will be the first to systematically evaluate psilocybin.

We’ll have to wait until these studies are published to see if psilocybin can successfully treat any of these ailments, but I’ll wager that it’s good for at least a few.


This Week in Psychoactives - 8.30.19

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CANNABIS

  • DEA Says It Will Finally Let Others Grow Research-Grade Cannabis (Leafly)

  • Mexican Marijuana Cartels Are Spraying a Lethal Pesticide Throughout California (MERRY JANE)

  • Crime Rates Drop After Marijuana Dispensaries Open Nearby, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Weed May Put Women at Risk of Miscarriage, But Enhances Male Fertility (MERRY JANE)

  • Marijuana Enhances Sex And Masturbation, Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Chicago to Clear Thousands of Cannabis Arrests During Legalization (Leafly)

  • Washington State Bans CBD in Food and Beverages (Leafly)

  • Americans View Marijuana As Far Less Harmful Than Alcohol And Tobacco, Survey Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Global cannabis use grows 60% in a decade (Cannabis Ground)

  • Green light: ten towns named for legalised cannabis-growing experiment (DutchNews.nl)

  • Chocolate Complicates Marijuana Edibles Potency Testing, Scientists Find (Marijuana Moment)

  • Researchers Unlock What Gives Cannabis Its Anti-Inflammatory Qualities (Yahoo! Finance)

  • Medical cannabis at school? California Assembly OKs bill that would let students take prescription weed (Palm Springs Desert Sun)

  • CBD Companies Positioning Themselves For Cannabis Legalization (Forbes)

  • Weed-Infused Beer Is Coming to California BevMo! Stores This Fall (MERRY JANE)

  • Company creates breath detector for pot and alcohol (WPVI-TV)

  • Disneyland Busted Robert Downey Jr. For Smoking Marijuana, He Reveals While Accepting Disney Award (Marijuana Moment)

  • NJ Governor Vetoes Cannabis Expungement, Calls for Stronger Bill (Leafly)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Joe Walsh Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

LSD

  • The Detail: Modern-day LSD users inspiring a new wave of science (Stuff.co.nz)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • World-first trial investigating psilocybin psychotherapy for anorexia commencing in US (New Atlas)

  • Harry Styles once got so high on magic mushrooms he bit part of his tongue off (Mirror)

  • Do Canadians have a constitutional right to magic mushrooms? (Quartz)

  • The Fight to Make Shroom Therapy Legal in Oregon (VICE)

MDMA

  • MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy May Help Patients With Severe PTSD, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Socially Anxious People Are Taking MDMA and Other Psychedelics to Cope (VICE)

  • Here are Some of the Toxic Chemicals Being Found in Australian Ecstasy (VICE)

  • Four Deaths At Music Events In The UK This Weekend Spark Warning Over Super Strength Ecstasy (Your EDM)

  • Teenager dies after suspected ecstasy overdose at nightclub (Metro)

DMT

  • DMT’s Mind-Bending Science—An Interview with Dr Jimo Borjigin (Kahpi)

  • DMT: Dead Man's Treasure (DMT Times)

AYAHUASCA

5-MEO-DMT

  • Just One Puff Of Psychedelic Toad Slime Could Have Sustained Benefits For Well-Being (IFLScience)

  • Watch Tony Robbins and Mike Tyson Share 5-MeO-DMT and Ayahuasca Stories (Psychedelic Times)

IBOGA

  • Ibogaine Treatment And Its Effectiveness In Fighting Opiate Addiction (Longevity)

KETAMINE

  • Trump Orders ‘a Lot’ of Ketamine for Depressed Veterans (The Atlantic)

PCP

  • Uber driver, passenger killed by man high on PCP in Prince George's County, police say (WUSA9.com)

DXM

  • Cough Medicine A Cheap, Easy Drug Teens can use Instead of LSD (Patch)

OPIOIDS

  • Johnson & Johnson must pay over $572 million for its role in Oklahoma opioid crisis, judge rules (NBC News)

  • Naloxone to be available at Washington state pharmacies (KIRO)

  • You can now get naloxone online in Virginia — but it’ll cost you (The Virginian-Pilot)

  • Middle school students in North Korea mobilized to harvest opium resin (Daily NK)

COCAINE

  • Lupe Fiasco Wants You to Know the Medical Benefits of Cocaine (XXL Mag)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • US Customs mistakes honey for meth, man spends 82 days in jail (KCRG)

CAFFEINE

  • Now You Can Get The Same Health Benefits From Coffee You Used To Get From Red Wine (Forbes)

  • Caffeine does not influence stingless bees (Phys.org)

TOBACCO

  • Vermonters must be 21 to buy tobacco, starting September 1 (Burlington Free Press)

  • Arkansas increases legal age to buy tobacco products (WREG)

  • Juul Commits $100 Million to New System to Help Retailers Block Sales to Minors (TIME)

  • Wisconsin bill would set age at 21 to buy tobacco, nicotine (Wisconsin State Journal)

ALCOHOL

  • Changing treatment practices for alcohol use disorder could save lives (Medical Xpress)

  • Alcohol really is no excuse for bad behaviour – research reveals you’re still the same person after a drink (The Conversation)

KRATOM

KHAT

DATURA

  • Hyderabad: Family searched on Internet, found datura to kill dad (Deccan Chronicle)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • CDC identifies a death potentially linked to vaping (Engadget)

  • Why Psychedelics Look like the Next Billion-Dollar Business (Stockhouse)

  • Psychedelic Treatments Are Ready to Tackle Alcoholism and Alzheimer's Disease (Folha de S.Paulo)

  • Buttigieg Pledges To Decriminalize Possession Of All Drugs In First Term As President (Marijuana Moment)

  • The Normalizing of Burning Man Culture (Forbes)

  • Do Plants Have Something to Say? (The New York Times)

  • Houston Narcotics Cop Who Instigated a Deadly Drug Raid Is Charged With Murder (Reason)

  • Magic mushrooms for better health? Psychedelic drugs are having a moment across US (Medical Xpress)

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On the Monday following each edition of “This Week in Psychoactives,” I post a “Last Week in Psychoactives” video recap to my YouTube channel. After that is done, I retroactively add the video to the corresponding blog post. Here is this week’s video recap, which actually covers the past four weeks’ worth of news since I was away on vacation for a few weeks:


This Week in Psychoactives - 8.23.19

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CANNABIS

  • Federal Data Shows Youth Marijuana Use Isn’t Increasing Under Legalization (Marijuana Moment)

  • Illicit Cannabis Vape Carts Hospitalized 7 in California, Doctors Say (Leafly)

  • Maryland Court Rules Marijuana Odor Not Enough To Search A Person (NPR)

  • Step Aside, Cannabinoids: Weed’s Flavonoids Fight Cancer, Too (MERRY JANE)

  • Marijuana Flower Offers More Pain Relief Than Other Cannabis Products, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Texas Might Have Accidentally Decriminalized Marijuana (GQ)

  • Bernie Sanders Calls For Legalization Of Marijuana And Safe Injection Sites (Marijuana Moment)

  • Canadian Men Are Twice as Likely to Use Cannabis as Women, Survey Says (MERRY JANE)

  • New Industry-Backed Marijuana Legalization Measure Filed In Florida (Marijuana Moment)

  • The FBI Just Launched a Corruption Probe Into the Weed Industry (MERRY JANE)

  • No eating, no drinking, and now, no marijuana before surgery, doctors say (The Boston Globe)

  • Oklahoma Bans Employment Discrimination Against Marijuana Patients (MERRY JANE)

  • Netflix Curbs Tobacco Use Onscreen, But Not Pot. What's Up With That? (NPR)

  • Elizabeth Warren’s Criminal Justice Plan Involves Legalizing Marijuana And Safe Injection Sites (Marijuana Moment)

  • State shuts down Walled Lake marijuana testing lab for fudging test results (Detroit Free Press)

  • Canadian woman faces lifetime ban after getting caught with CBD oil at U.S. border (CBC)

  • Credit Unions Can Bank Hemp Businesses, Federal Agency Announces (Marijuana Moment)

  • Jacksonville lawyer who claimed marijuana was legal must pay arrested clients $370k (The Florida Times-Union)

  • Fatty meal might affect how you absorb CBD (UPI)

  • North Carolina House OKs Ban on Smokable Hemp (Leafly)

  • Oregon Has Way Too Much Legal Weed. This Is Where It's Going (VICE)

  • Colorado man who says he was delivering hemp charged in SD with selling marijuana (Rapid City Journal)

  • Nearly every single person arrested for weed in NYC this year was black or Latinx (Queens Daily Eagle)

  • CBD Infused Food Products Ruled Illegal in Washington State (Sapling)

  • ‘The system is swamped.’ Canada can’t keep up with requests to study cannabis (Science Magazine)

  • Marijuana Can Boost Risks of Drinking Alcohol (Psych Central)

  • Canadians continue to buy cannabis illegally (Quartz)

  • Contrary to widespread belief, cannabis addiction is possible. Here’s what it’s like (Global News)

LSD

  • Tripping on Broadway: A New Musical Explores LSD Use by Cary Grant and More (The New York Times)

  • How Peter Fonda’s LSD trip with the Beatles produced a classic John Lennon lyric (Los Angeles Times)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

MDMA

  • MDMA treatment for alcoholism reduces relapse, study suggests (The Guardian)

  • Man dies from 'severe reaction' to MDMA days after the authorities warned of a strong batch of the drug circulating in Jersey (Jersey Evening Post)

  • Woman fell off Cornwall cliff and died after quitting social media and taking MDMA pills (Cornwall Live)

  • Girl, one, found CHEWING on MDMA capsule she found in dumped in a playground (The Sun)

DMT

AYAHUASCA

SALVIA DIVINORUM

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Dangerous Synthetic Cannabinoids Found in Liquid Claiming to be CBD (Cannabis Now)

  • Spice crisis deepens as 9 kids collapse after taking zombie drug and deaths surge (Mirror)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Mum died after self-medicating with 100 canisters of laughing gas (Metro)

KETAMINE

  • A single ketamine infusion combined with mindfulness-based therapy shows promise in treatment of cocaine addiction (PsyPost)

  • Ketamine may not be an actual antidepressant, but may decrease the burden of symptoms (Medical Xpress)

  • Boise organization researches ketamine use to treat depression (The Arbiter)

  • Donald Trump Thinks He Can Stop Veteran Suicides With Ketamine (Spin)

OPIOIDS

  • Wide distribution of Naloxone effective in preventing opioid-related deaths (Medical Xpress)

  • ‘Saved from a horrible fate’: Legal heroin prescribed to hundreds of UK drug users, figures reveal (The Independent)

  • 76% of opium produced in the world is discovered in Iran (Tehran Times)

  • Access to naloxone reduces opioid overdose deaths, saves money, study says (UPI)

  • Naloxone, a drug that reverses overdoses, can save lives. Here's why you should learn how to use it. (The Washington Post)

  • How often is fentanyl in your drugs? Some hard data (Rooster Magazine)

  • Canada Might Have Found a Back Door to End the War on Drugs (VICE)

  • How the Shakers Became America’s Best Opium Producers (The Daily Beast)

  • Op-Ed: A drug called buprenorphine saved me from heroin addiction. It could save millions more — if we let it (Los Angeles Times)

  • People Have Used, Abused Opioids For Thousands of Years (The Fix)

  • Opium addiction in Korea's past (Korea Times)

  • Babies born after opioid exposure deserve legal recognition, lawyers argue (Charleston Gazette-Mail)

  • Wisdom teeth removal is contributing to the opioid crisis, experts warn (CBS News)

  • 'What Would You Do?' focuses on the opioid crisis (ABC News)

COCAINE

  • Mexico judge approves recreational cocaine for two users (BBC)

  • Crack Cocaine Makes a Paris Neighborhood ‘Hell’ for Users and Residents (The New York Times)

METHAMPHETAMINE

  • Meth and heart disease correlation not fully understood (Medical Xpress)

  • The ‘fourth wave’ of the opioid crisis: Feds warn of a rise in meth use (TribLIVE)

CAFFEINE

  • Mormons warn that coffee, vaping are no-nos despite fancy names, alluring flavors (Fox News)

  • Is It Better to Drink Coffee Before or After You Exercise? The Answer Might Surprise You (Yahoo! Lifestyle)

TOBACCO

  • Tobacco industry anti-smoking ads reached less than half of U.S. adults (Reuters)

  • Why US lags behind on graphic cigarette warnings (BBC)

  • NYC Is Coming For Your Flavored Juul Pods (Gothamist)

ALCOHOL

  • Costa Rica Confirms 2 More Suspected Alcohol Poisoning Deaths, Raising Death Toll to 25 (TIME)

  • Why Warning Pregnant Women Not to Drink Can Backfire (The New York Times)

KRATOM

  • Kratom would require prescription in Michigan under Senate bill (WJRT)

  • Kratom Legality In Texas: Is It Legal To Buy, Carry, and Consume In The State? (Kratom Guides)

  • Is It Legal To Carry Kratom Products In Ohio? (Kratom Guides)

  • Does Kratom Really Help Athletes in Sports? (The Sports Daily)

  • What is kratom and why is its safety being questioned? (Health24)

KAVA

  • Kava Consumption Still An Issue Says Methodist Church President (Fiji Sun)

SANANGA

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Dozens of People in Multiple States Have Lung Disease Linked to Vaping, and No One Knows Why (Gizmodo)

  • Vaping May Harm Your Blood Flow—Even Without Nicotine (WIRED)

  • The World’s First Clinical Trials on Microdosing LSD and Psilocybin Are Coming (MERRY JANE)

  • Berkeley, CA May Be Next the City to Decriminalize Natural Psychedelics (Filter)

  • Synthetic Drugs Will Change the Global Drug Trade Forever (VICE)

  • Extinction Rebellion founder calls for mass psychedelic disobedience (New Scientist)

  • Pupils who take drugs, drink and smoke more likely to be unhappy (The Guardian)

  • Americans spend $150B on cocaine, meth, marijuana, heroin (UPI)

  • Use of Marijuana, Meth, Hallucinogens Up in New SAMHSA Survey (Medscape)

  • What Science Says About Using Sleep Medications (Discover Magazine)

  • Psychedelics and Women’s Health (Psychedelic Science Review)

  • Argentina Tries To Stop Synthetic Drug Traffickers Sidestepping Prosecution (InSight Crime)

  • Should Psychedelic Therapists Have First-hand Experience with Psychedelics? (Chacruna)

  • Safe injection rooms are key to halting rise in drug deaths – expert (The Guardian)

  • Psychedelic Yoga (Psychology Today)

  • Man Who Died of OD Was Allegedly “Kicked Out of Treatment for Smoking” (Filter)

  • Why are stimulant-related deaths spiking in the U.S.? (Salon)

  • Turf war between rival drug gangs sparks surge in shootings (Liverpool Echo)

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On the Monday following each edition of “This Week in Psychoactives,” I post a “Last Week in Psychoactives” video recap to my YouTube channel. After that is done, I retroactively add the video to the corresponding blog post. Here is this week’s video recap, which actually covers the past four weeks’ worth of news since I was away on vacation for a few weeks: