This Week in Psychedelics - 3.18.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Legal Cannabis Outsold Girl Scout Cookies Last Year (Forbes)
  • Where the Presidential Candidates Stand on Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Merrick Garland Helped Uphold the DEA's Refusal to Reclassify Marijuana (Reason)
  • New Study Suggests Marijuana's Impact on Crash Risk Has Been Exaggerated (Reason)
  • Proposed Massachusetts Stoned Driving Rule Is Better Than Washington's but Worse Than Current Law (Forbes)
  • Lee Harris, the moral crusader turned cannabis activist vying to be London mayor (The Guardian)
  • Israel wants to be the tech hub for the world cannabis industry (Quartz)
  • America's First Cannabis Resort Opens in Colorado (Business Wire)
  • Lib Dems vote to legalise cannabis (Mirror)
  • Marijuana Legalization 2016: Many Women Working In Cannabis Industry Are Smoking The Competition (International Business Times)
  • Cops Caught on Camera Eating Dispensary's Snack Bars Charged With Theft (Reason)
  • Marijuana Industry Will Add $44 Billion to Nation's Economy by 2020 (Disinfo)
  • GW Pharmaceuticals Gets Positive Result for Cannabis-based Epilepsy Drug (The Wall Street Journal)
  • New Zealand's 'cannabis crisis': smokers confirm chronic shortage (The Guardian)
  • High Times Moves Cannabis Cup to California After Troubles in Denver (Inc)
  • Poll: Voters Back Rescheduling And Legalizing Marijuana (NORML)
  • French tops teen cannabis use survey: WHO (France 24)
  • Cannabis Consumer Products Company Launches First Equity Crowdfunding Campaign (Black Enterprise)
  • More Municipalities Embrace Marijuana Decriminalization (NORML)
  • Legalized Cannabis and the Brain: NIDA Sounds the Alarm (Medscape)
  • New Guide Shows How To Get A Piece Of The Multi-Billion Dollar Cannabis Industry (Reset.me)
  • Forget the Startup Nation, Welcome to the Cannabis Nation (Haaretz)
  • Vox poll: the only drug Americans want to legalize is marijuana (Vox)
  • Palestinian Police in West Bank Cannabis Raid (High Times)
  • Purveyors of pot work to reverse stigma, rebrand cannabis (CP24 Toronto's Breaking News)
  • Leading California Anti-Pot Activist Says Marijuana Causes 'Almost All' Mass Murders (Reason)

LSD

  • Share this: LSD for breakfast may kick Facebook addiction (RT)
  • Remember That Time Dock Ellis Threw a No-Hitter on LSD? (Relix)
  • Villanova Student Charged With Dealing LSD From Dorm Room (CBS)
  • Naked teenager James McAllister-Barnard high on LSD accidentally sets fire to flat, tells officer 'Help me, I'm dead' (Metro)
  • Sterrett man nabbed in LSD trafficking bust (Shelby County Reporter)
  • Possibly LSD-influenced Man Tased Four Times After Attempting to Attack Deputies in McKinleyville, Says HCSO (Lost Coast Outpost)
  • Boy accused of having LSD at Roosevelt High School (Sioux Falls Argus Leader)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • Truth Behind the Push to Legalize a Street Drug (LifeZette)
  • Can You Really Die from an MDMA Allergy? (VICE)
  • Off-duty officer arrested over ecstasy tablets (U.TV)
  • Melbourne's gangland: Mafia link to worlds biggest ecstasy bust (Herald Sun)
  • 'Molly' and 'LSD' manufacturing operation uncovered inside storage facility (WPEC)
  • Legalization, MDMA, and Aggressive Behavior (American Thinker)
  • Six college students busted in $100K drug ring (HLNtv.com)
  • Russell County sheriff: Man found with ecstasy in form of lollipops (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
  • Dealer tried to smuggle ecstasy in Police Lego box (Edinburgh Evening News)
  • Ecstasy death: Man linked to Colorado Springs teen's overdose pleads guilty (The Denver Channel)
  • Long Branch cops find MDMA stash in traffic stop (Asbury Park Press)
  • Malaysian arrested for smuggling ecstasy pills into N.Sumatra (The Jakarta Post)

Ayahuasca/DMT

Iboga/Ibogaine

  • Voacanga: An Alternative, Sustainable Source of Ibogaine Treatment (Psychedelic Times)

Synthetic Cannabinoids/Psychoactive Research Chemicals

  • 'Legal LSD': Dangerous Party Drug Sold Online (Medscape)

Dissociatives

  • U.K. man jailed 5 days in St. John's after friend's ashes mistaken for ketamine (CBC.ca)
  • New Study Shows Ketamine May Regenerate Brain Cells, Relieving Depression with Lasting Benefit (PR Newswire)
  • Man who was seen handing €130000 of ketamine to another man during surveillance operation is given bail to 'prove himself' (Irish Independent)
  • $100K bail for Jersey City man facing PCP charges while on probation (NJ.com)
  • Prosecutor: Driver in crash that killed teens was on PCP (Fox News)
  • Wallingford PD: Local man grabbed employee by throat, in possession of PCP (Meriden Record-Journal)

Opiates/Opioids

  • The Right Chemistry: A history of morphine (Montreal Gazette)
  • What to Do About Heroin Addiction (The New York Times)
  • Mexico governor floats idea of medical opium growing to reduce drug violence (Yahoo! News)
  • CDC Prescription Guidelines Will Leave More Patients in Pain and Drive More Addicts to Heroin (Reason)
  • Roots of opioid epidemic can be traced back to two key changes in pain management (Disinfo)
  • The strange history of opiates in America: from morphine for kids to heroin for soldiers (The Guardian)
  • Americans Have Been Addicted to Prescription Opiates Forever (WIRED)
  • Opium crop failure: No high for these farmers in times of drought (The Indian Express)
  • The Devastating Effects Heroin Has on the Body and Mind (ABC News)
  • A Small Town Wanders What To Do When Heroin Is 'Everywhere' (NPR)
  • EpiPen For Heroin Overdose – Start-Up Solved Naloxone Administration (HealthAim)

Absinthe

Kratom

  • N.H. Senate Passes Bill to Ban Kratom Use by Minors (NHPR)
  • The battle over Kratom in Shelby County (WIAT)
  • Bill to regulate kratom to go before committee (WBRC)
  • Kratom dealers busted in Krabi raid (Phuket Gazette)

Kava

Khat

  • Chinese Customs Confiscate 700 Kilos of Banned Plant Khat (China Topix)
  • 70-year-old arrested for 46kg of drugs (iAfrica.com)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Will UNGASS 2016 Be the Beginning of the End for the War on Drugs? (StoptheDrugWar.org)
  • The U.S. May Support Revolutionary Reform to International Drug Policy (ATTN:)
  • How Psychedelics Can Help You Meditate, and Why Meditation Makes Your Psychedelic Experience Easier (Psychedelic Times)
  • Ross Ulbricht's Sentencing Indecent, Based on Procedural and Substantive Errors, New Amicus Brief Argues (Reason)
  • This Trafficking Gang Posed as a Fake Flower Business to Smuggle Drugs into the UK (VICE)
  • The Darker Side of 'Just Say No' (Reason)
  • How Sex and Drugs Saved My Life (and Could Save the World) (AlterNet)
  • Why the War on Drugs Failed and How It Affects Psychedelic Addiction Treatment (Psychedelic Times)
  • Missouri State Patrol shows you how to make meth (Boing Boing)
  • Thomas Massie: War on Drugs in Afghanistan Has Been a Failure (Reason)
  • Watch How the Drug Overdose Epidemic Spread in America (TIME)
  • Miley Cyrus' Wedding Dreams: Marijuana, Aging Rock Stars & Psychedelia (Inquisitr)
  • Man high on psychedelic drug trashed Haworth school, cops say (NJ.com)

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.