This Week in Psychedelics - 10.23.15

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  • Incoming Canadian Government Plans to Legalize Marijuana (Reason)
  • More Americans Than Ever Support Legalizing Marijuana (TIME)
  • Why People Are Giving Marijuana to Their Pets (ATTN:)
  • Pot is Legal in Colorado. So Why Can't You Smoke It Anywhere? (Reason)
  • Australia to legalize medical cannabis (WDIV Detroit)
  • Bernie Sanders Told Jimmy Kimmel Where He Stands on Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Bernie and Hillary's Marijuana Misconceptions (Reason)
  • Here's Why Cannabis Legalization Doesn't Lead to Higher Teen Use Rates (Leafly)
  • Stiletto Stoners: Why More Women Are Choosing Cannabis Over Alcohol (
  • Australia to give green light to medical cannabis (CNN)
  • Fed Rejects Colorado's Attempt to Create Marijuana Bank (TIME)
  • Ben Carson Wants to "Intensify" the War on Drugs (Reason)
  • Women hold far more executive positions in the cannabis industry than other US sectors (Extract)
  • DEA Must Stop Interfering With Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, Federal Court Rules (TIME)
  • Marijuana Enthusiasts Might Be Flocking to Canada Soon (ATTN:)
  • Marijuana Use In America Has Doubled In the Past Decade, Study Says (TIME)
  • Hundreds participate in N.J. Cannabis Freedom Rally in Trenton (
  • As Prohibition Crumbles, Cannabis Users Are Less Apt To Abuse It (Reason)
  • New Canadian Prime Minister Promises To Legalize Marijuana (
  • Man denied use of medical cannabis despite qualifying (Valley News Live)
  • Judge Agrees DOJ Harassment of Medical Marijuana Suppliers is Illegal (Reason)
  • 7 of the most unusual uses of cannabis (Metro)
  • The UK's first legal cannabis vaporiser is here — and the user reviews are in (Metro)
  • Canada's new governing party promises to legalize, regulate marijuana sales (USA Today)
  • Steep fall in cannabis offences points to silent relaxation of drugs policy (The Guardian)
  • Brookings Report Decries the Federal Government's 'War on Medical Marijuana Research' (Reason)
  • Medicinal cannabis: Turnbull government to introduce bill to legalise and license growers (The Sydney Morning Herald)
  • Latest Gallup Poll Puts Support for Legal Pot at 58% (Again) (Reason)
  • French customs seize cannabis worth £15m in chic Paris arrondissement (The Telegraph)
  • Medicinal cannabis legalisation 'unlikely to benefit' Tasmanian farmers (ABC News Australia)
  • Albanian police seize 3.2 tons of cannabis in major sweep, growers escape (Fox News)


Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms


  • MDMA Psychotherapy Could Be Legal In Just Five Years (The Huffington Post)
  • Hold Up Guys, Amsterdam Is Not Letting People Carry More Ecstasy Because of ADE (Vice's Thump)
  • Hair samples can reveal whether you took ecstasy months ago, study finds (Science Alert)
  • For Some Reason, Police Believe People Will Give Out Ecstasy And Other Pricey Illegal Drugs On Halloween (Inquisitr)
  • Family of teen who suffered crippling drug overdose posts new pictures showing her amazing fightback (Mirror)
  • Dog dodges death after devouring ecstasy pills (CBS News)
  • 'X Factor' Contestant Anton Stephans Reveals Eight-Year Ecstasy Addiction (The Huffington Post)
  • Official Report From M.E.'s Office States TomorrowWorld Death Caused By MDMA (Your EDM)
  • Ecstasy drug deal arranged on Snapchat lands Oak Lawn man in jail: Prosecutors (Chicago Tribune)
  • Arab Arrested While Trying to Smuggle 1,500 Ecstasy Pills (Arutz Sheva)
  • Is ecstasy being passed off as Halloween candy? Probably not (WRTV Indianapolis)
  • Ecstasy Masked as Candy Raises Concern as Halloween Nears (NBC Connecticut)


  • DMT Research from 1956 to the Edge of Time (Reality Sandwich)
  • Joe Rogan On Cheating Death With TRT & Tripping Balls ON DMT (Low Kick MMA)
  • CUPD Make Arrest in Year-Old Suspicious Chemicals Case (


  • How A Schizophrenic Drug Addict Reclaimed His Life With Iboga (
  • The Case for Studying Ibogaine, the Anti-Addiction Drug (Inverse)
  • A New Perspective: How Ibogaine Treatment Helped Turn My Life Around (Reality Sandwich)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • LSD-style legal highs rife in prison after being soaked into pages of books and letters (Mirror)
  • SA pair charged after 'liquid acid' seized (Daily Mail)


  • Ketamine trafficking: P'sula man gets death, woman freed (Daily Express)
  • 22 drug smugglers held in China (
  • Man arrested for driving a vehicle under the influence of PCP (The Bay Net)
  • Hayward: Officer-involved death prompts lawsuit by family, questions about handling of case (Contra Costa Times)
  • Cop gone bad CAGED for 5 years - busted with LOADED GUN, ketamine, cocaine and ecstasy (Daily Star)


  • Overdose Reversal Drug Naloxone Is Saving Lives, But Not All Police Departments Are On Board (The Huffington Post)
  • The CDC and The Opium Wars: The Trouble with the Guidelines (National Pain Report)
  • UN: Opium Grown in Afghanistan Down by 48% (Voice of America)
  • Why naloxone wasn't used on pregnant woman who died of likely heroin overdose (Michigan Live)
  • Heroin addict films her own detox (CBS News)
  • Could Iran be the next country to legalise cannabis and opium? (The Conversation)
  • Obama says US will tackle prescription drug abuse (Bradenton Herald)
  • Addicts in Kyrgyzstan Fight to Break Heroin's Grip, Armed With Stones (The New York Times)
  • Survey shows decrease in Afghanistan opium poppy cultivation (12 News Now)
  • As heroin antidote spreads, next step is treatment (Press of Atlantic City)
  • Obama targets nation's heroin problem in West Virginia trip (Reuters)
  • Fed up with heroin, Vermont town fights back (CBS News)
  • Federal agents intercepted 88 pounds of heroin destined for Vermont (
  • Afghan Farmers Find Alternative to Opium: Pomegranate (Epoch Times)
  • Pennsylvania Cops to Overdose Victims: Drop Dead (AlterNet)
  • 'Heroin kingpin' sentenced despite 'witchery' (Pensacola News Journal)
  • Prevention, awareness called key in fight against heroin (WMUR9)





  • Ethiopia: It Is Becoming Ubiquitous — A Boon or Bane? (Geeska Afrika)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • What a Week! Everyone's Hopping on the 'No Drug War' Train (The Huffington Post)
  • UN to call on governments around the world to decriminalise all drugs, says Richard Branson (The Independent)
  • The economic case for decriminalising drugs (Independent)
  • The U.N. Has Not Officially Backed a Paper Calling for the Global Decriminalization of Drugs (TIME)
  • The truth behind the UNODC's leaked decriminalisation paper (Transform Drug Policy Foundation)
  • The Growing Bipartisan Consensus for Rolling Back the Failed War on Drugs (The Huffington Post)
  • From Psilocybin To MDMA: Researchers Are In The Throes Of A Psychedelic Revival (Mintpress News)
  • Calling all clergy: Psychedelics study aims to induce spiritual experiences (Crux)
  • What is Shamanic Initiation? (Reality Sandwich)
  • The Hidden Psychedelic History of Martial Arts (AlterNet)
  • The Psychedelic Evolution of a Cell (The Atlantic)
  • Finally - a change in course on drug policy (Virgin)
  • That Time the UN Almost Called for Decriminalizing Drug Use (Reason)
  • Supper with the Psychedelic Society — tales of therapy, poetry and ayahuasca (The Guardian)
  • Say 'know' to drugs (The Daily Californian)
  • WUD event highlights many uses of psychedelics (The Badger Herald)
  • Fun factory: DABSMYLA cover an LA building with psychedelic illustrations (Wallpaper)
  • Richard Branson is Pushing for Drug Decriminalization (ATTN:)
  • Documentary about a tribe in Nepal who hunt for psychedelic honey (Boing Boing)

Disclaimer: "This Week in Psychedelics" does not censor or analyze the news links presented here. The purpose of this column is solely to catalogue how psychedelics (and other psychoactives) are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.