This Week in Psychedelics - 3.25.16

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Image by Dahtamnay, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Cannabis

  • Supreme Court Won't Take Case Challenging Colorado Marijuana Laws (TIME)
  • Peek Into Uruguay's Legal Marijuana Scene (NORML)
  • Marijuana Legalization and the Presidential Election (NORML)
  • Blockbuster Report Backs U.N. Cannabis Regulation, End to Prohibition (Leafly)
  • Tampa City Council Votes to Decriminalize Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana (Reason)
  • Here's Why A Cardiologist Took A Second Look At Cannabis (Reset.me)
  • The Hidden Hypocrisy of the Marijuana Industry (ATTN:)
  • Texas gentleman explains why he led police on a 100 mile chase (Boing Boing)
  • Families swear by cannabis oil's effect, but legislation to expand it in Georgia stalls (Gainesville Times)
  • What You Should Know Before Taking Marijuana Edibles (ATTN:)
  • Why Sports Leagues And Owners Should Allow Players To Consume Medical Cannabis (The Weed Blog)
  • Drugs gang smuggled £24 million worth of cannabis in carpets (Evening Standard)
  • Over €500,000 worth of cannabis seized in Belfast (Newstalk)
  • The Real but Exaggerated Danger of Stoned Driving (Reason)
  • Medical Cannabis Access Associated With Decreased Opioid Use In Chronic Pain Patients (NORML)
  • Hillary Clinton Talks About Emails, Apples and Pot on Jimmy Kimmel (TIME)
  • Kansas Seized Disabled Vet's Children While He Was Moving to Colorado to Use Medical Marijuana Legally (Reason)
  • Marijuana Startup Accelerator CanopyBoulder Is Leading A Cannabis Industry Boom, But Some Grads Say The Program Isn't Worth The Hype (International Business Times)
  • Pesticides 101: Question and Answers for Cannabis Patients and Consumers (Leafly)
  • Cannabis smokers end up in worse jobs and have less money than average, study finds (Mirror)
  • The National Cannabis Festival is coming to D.C. in April (The Washington Post)
  • Cannabis Testing: The Importance of Independent Third Party Analyses of Cannabis Products (Leafly)
  • Queensland father who gave cancer-stricken daughter cannabis oil avoids jail (ABC Online)
  • The Secrets of Colorful Cannabis Revealed: Here's Why Some Strains Turn Purple (Leafly)
  • Cannabis clubs lead community clean-up (KOAA)
  • Thousands of cannabis plants wiped out in summer raids (Stuff.co.nz)
  • UCD study finds cannabis 'not safe' for long-term users (KCRA)
  • Three due in court following cannabis seizures (The Irish Times)
  • Fire leads to alleged cannabis 'house' (The Courier Mail)

LSD

  • Man Claims to Have Successfully Used LSD to Break His Facebook Addiction (NextShark)
  • India's Temporary Acid Tattoos Revive the Dallas Cowboys LSD Hoax (Inverse)
  • Police: Man, woman had 499 doses of LSD (The News & Observer)
  • Ohio man, allegedly high on LSD, accused of biting chunk of father's ear off (WKRC)
  • Police: Suspect was high on LSD when he brutally attacked woman in U District (KOMO News)
  • Man sold almost $2K worth of LSD to police informant, cops say (Sun Sentinel)
  • Washington student charged in alleged LSD-fueled murder (CBS News)
  • Fife man sentenced to do unpaid work after 'bad trip' on LSD (The Courier)
  • Biggs Sentenced for LSD Possession (KOWB)

MDMA/Ecstasy

  • MDMA Steps Closer to FDA Approval as a Drug, but Now it Needs to Leap (Inverse)
  • Legal MDMA Could Happen By 2021 (As Long As You've Got A Prescription) (UPROXX)
  • Patients in ecstasy clinical trial find drug beneficial (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • MDMA moves a step closer to becoming legal medicine (JOE.co.uk)
  • I Took A Pill In Ibiza: Controversial Mike Posner song about ecstasy hits UK No 1 (The Independent)
  • UC Santa Cruz students face potential felony charges in Ecstasy case (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
  • Wellington student at Otago University dealt ecstasy to friends to fund own drug use (Stuff.co.nz)
  • Crest Hill man who had ecstasy in his system pleads guilty in fatal crash (The Herald-News)
  • KZN govt confirms 'mystery drug' was a bad batch of ecstasy (Eyewitness News)

Ayahuasca/DMT

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Huachuma (San Pedro Cactus) And Ayahuasca Taught Me The Meaning Of Enlightenment (Reset.me)
  • The abuelita who dealt peyote: Amada Sanchez Cardenas (Santa Fe New Mexican)

Iboga/Ibogaine

Dissociatives

  • New study strengthens ketamine's use as an antidepressant (Mixmag)
  • Ketamine abuse can permanently damage your bladder (Zee News)
  • Ketamine May Provide Lasting Relief From Depression (Psychiatry Advisor)
  • Ketamine Gaining Traction as a Treatment Option for Depression (Healthline)
  • News release makes claim about ketamine for depression based on thin evidence (HealthNewsReview)

Opiates/Opioids

  • Mexico mayor: To beat opium farming, legalize it (CBS News)
  • MOH gives greenlight for Buprenorphine-Naloxone as heroine addict treatment (The Sun Daily)

Kratom

Kava

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Legalize It All (Harpers Magazine)
  • Myths, Moralism, and Hypocrisy Drive the International Drug Control System (StoptheDrugWar.com)
  • Common Antidepressant Side Effects: Why You Might Want to Use Psychedelics Instead of SSRIs (Psychedelic Times)
  • From cannabis cafes to death row: drugs laws around the world (The Guardian)
  • In Florida Rehabs, Addicts Are Bought And Sold (BuzzFeed)
  • Physicians Face Moral Dilemma In Conscription on War on Drugs (Reason)
  • Can Club Drugs Revolutionize the Psychiatric Industry? (Verge Campus)
  • The Psychedelic Re-Evolution (Reset.me)
  • Assault Charges for Pregnant Drug Users to Stop in Tennessee (Reason)
  • What Do Your Hallucinations Mean? What Psychedelics Teach Us About Human Consciousness (Psychedelic Times)
  • 5 Ways Over-The-Counter Drugs Are Misused (ATTN:)
  • The Dangerous Side Effects of Benzodiazepine: Using Psychedelics as an Alternative Anxiety Treatment (Psychedelic Times)

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.