This Week in Psychedelics - 11.13.15

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • The Push for Legal Marijuana Spreads (The New York Times)
  • Mexico Supreme Court Decision Paves Way for Marijuana Legalization (Breitbart)
  • DEA chief: Medical marijuana is "a joke." Science: No, it's not. (Vox)
  • 100 Plus Studies Concur - Cannabis Beats Cancer, Yet It's Still Not Legal (Waking Times)
  • Senate Approves Funding Bill That Allows Veterans to Access Medical Marijuana (Drug Policy Alliance)
  • Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are Battling Over One Key Marijuana Issue (ATTN:)
  • Marijuana Patients Call for DEA Chief Resignation (ATTN:)
  • Here's What Marijuana Does to Your Sex Habits (ATTN:)
  • Where Hillary Clinton's Marijuana Proposal Falls Short (Reason)
  • Hillary Clinton Just Made a Big Statement on Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Autistic Student Sues School District Over Drug Sting Entrapment, Judge Dismisses Case (Reason)
  • Why Ohio's Marijuana Initiative Went Down in Flames (Reason)
  • Why Our Veterans Are Fighting for Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • On Pot, Can We Keep Up With the Neighbors? (Townhall.com)
  • Cannabis Is A Human Right, Say Mexican Judges (Civilized)
  • U.S. Senate Votes to Allow Veterans Access To Medical Marijuana (Reset.me)
  • Medical Marijuana Goes On Sale in Illinois (TIME)
  • Washington's Marijuana Regulators Give Up Cap on Pot Stores (Reason)
  • Colorado Marijuana Taxes Are Sending Kids To College (ATTN:)
  • Parents Of Severely Epileptic Girl Turn To Illegal CBD Oil (Reset.me)
  • The world's largest scientific society wants to help make cannabis safer for everybody (Quartz)
  • Legal Cannabis Big Data And Market Research Leaders Just Combined Forces To Get Investors Buzzing (Forbes)
  • Snoop Dogg Just Launched His Own Brand of Pot (TIME)
  • Instagram Won't Stop Deleting Cannabis Dispensaries' Accounts (Williamette Week)
  • Cannabis Startup Meadow Unveils A Platform For Dispensaries To Manage Orders, Patient Intake (TechCrunch)
  • Ex-NFL Star Kyle Turley Promoting Pot's Healing Potential (ATTN:)
  • Mile-high city just got higher: Denver's first cannabis-friendly B&B (The Guardian)
  • The Five Most Dangerous Drugs to Society According to Police (ATTN:)
  • Holy Smokes! Snoop Dogg launches line of cannabis products (CNN)
  • Londonderry: Man sentenced for trying to bring cannabis into courthouse (BBC News)
  • John Kasich Explains "The Problem with Marijuana" (Reason)
  • Cops nab doc suspected in fake permit scheme for medical pot (The Jerusalem Post)

LSD

  • LSD is back — now it's an austerity drug (The Times)
  • Why is LSD becoming popular again? (The Week)
  • Is LSD making a comeback? Acid use on the rise as prices hit rock bottom (Metro)
  • Friday A/V Club: You Are Watching LSD-TV (Reason)
  • Former NIU student charged with delivering LSD (Daily Chronicle)
  • 3 charged in connection with LSD delivery (Northern Star)
  • Nick Cave's son took LSD before cliff fall death inquest hears (The Guardian)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • Personal Story: Psilocybin Mushrooms Helped Me Cope With PTSD And Feel Alive (Reset.me)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Why MDMA May Be the Ultimate Psychotherapy ([guff])
  • Impure MDMA: A drug epidemic (The News Hub)
  • CNN Pokes Its Nose Into Dance Music's Thriving Drug Culture (Vice's Thump)
  • Why does someone dying from alcohol poisoning get no media coverage, while an ecstasy-related death does (Independent)
  • What Is It Actually Like Having Sex On MDMA? (The Debrief)
  • 'Medical ecstasy' helping war veterans with PTSD (WMBF)
  • Real Truth: Ecstasy Deaths Receive More Coverage Because It's Illegal (Your EDM)
  • Pop That: Is Hip-Hop's Fascination With Molly Over? (DJ Booth)
  • Los Angeles Rave Task Force Discuss Harm Reduction Drug Policies At Festivals (Your EDM)
  • Montreal police officer charged with trafficking ecstasy (CBC News)
  • Whitstable teenager Josh Oliver, 15, died after taking MDMA at girlfriend's house (Canterbury Times)

Ayahuasca/DMT

  • Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT (The Nexian)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Justin Trudeau's Mother Is a Wild Kooky Hippie Who Took Peyote Before a State Dinner (Gawker)

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • How an illegal psychedelic drug could help treat opiate addiction (The Verge)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

Dissociatives

  • New Study Says Ketamine May Reduce Pain in Adolescents with CRPS/RSD (The Legal Examiner)
  • What happens to your brain when you go under anesthesia (Independent)
  • Ketamine depression trial receives $2 million funding (ABC News)
  • Driver Charged In Fatal Hit-And-Run Was On PCP (WOWT NBC Omaha)
  • Three caught with PCP on Stamford's West Side (Stamford Advocate)
  • Man Who Crashed into North Austin Convenience Store Was Reportedly on PCP (Patch)
  • Stamford woman charged with biting cop (Stamford Advocate)
  • Legislative threat to animal anesthetic (Pet Business World)

Opiates/Opioids

  • DEA: Mexican Cartels Increasing Heroin Availability In U.S., Overdose Deaths Surge (Breitbart)
  • Prescription painkillers source of addiction for most women (EurekAlert!)
  • Records from British India could help us understand modern drug use (Redorbit)
  • Opiates disguised as crafting supplies easily bought online (WGCL)
  • Police offer heroin addicts treatment instead of jail (Chicago Tribune)
  • Confessions of a heroin dealer (WECT)
  • Ex-heroin addict says key to solving regions epidemic is stopping today's stigma (WPXI)
  • Heroin addiction 'isn't a moral thing,' grieving mom says (The Des Moines Register)
  • Rising fentanyl use has people applying for take-home Naloxone kits in Edmonton (Edmonton Sun)

Absinthe

  • Absinthe Bar 'The Green Hour' Opens Tonight in Germantown (Nashville Eater)

Kratom

  • Highway police bust four people at checkpoint with 13 bags of kratom (Phuket Gazette)
  • In Carrboro's first kava bar, Krave, getting cozy is hard (Indy Week)

Kava

Khat

  • Judge Erred by Suppressing Officer's Drug ID, Panel Says (New York Law Journal)
  • Major khat seizure at Melbourne airport (9News)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Three San Francisco International Airport Security Screeners Charged With Fraud And Smuggling Drugs (United States Department of Justice)
  • How One Organization Is Helping Keep Psychedelic Healers Out Of Jail (Reset.me)
  • These Psychedelics May Be The Latest Treatment For Anxiety, And Much More (The Mind Unleashed)
  • Frontiers of Psychedelic Consciousness (Disinformation)
  • The War on Drugs Could Be Making Our Communities More Dangerous (VICE)
  • Mark McGuire Shares His Blissed-Out New Album—and the Psychedelic Story That Inspired It (VICE's Thump)
  • When He Called for an End to the War on Drugs, Trump Claims, He Meant It Should Be Waged More Aggressively (Reason)

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.