This Week in Psychedelics - 4.21.17

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  • This Landmark Marijuana Bill Would Move Cannabis to Schedule II (Motley Fool)
  • Marijuana legalization support at all-time high (CBS News)
  • New Bill Will Make Canada the Second Country to Legalize Marijuana (Reason)
  • The Future of Cannabis Clubs in Legal States is Still Uncertain (The Marijuana Times)
  • Australian Cannabis Growers Lay out Plans for the Future (Leafly)
  • Elizabeth Warren Calls for Marijuana Rescheduling (ATTN:)
  • Homeland Security Chief Says Marijuana 'Not a Factor in the Drug War' (ATTN:)
  • DHS' Kelly, Changing Course: Marijuana Is 'A Potentially Dangerous Gateway Drug' (Talking Points Memo)
  • How to buy legal weed in the online era (Engadget)
  • America's First Drive-Thru Marijuana Shop Will Open on 4/20 (TIME)
  • What the Bible Says About Marijuana (ATTN:)
  • Marijuana Goes Industrial in California (The New York Times)
  • 420: Take Action to End Prohibition! (NORML)
  • Marijuana Activists Will Give 1,000 Free Joints to Congress on 4/20 (TIME)
  • Marijuana Activists Arrested Near U.S. Capitol While Giving Out Free Joints on 4/20 (TIME)
  • Does Legalization Boost Teen Marijuana Use? (Reason)
  • California's 'weed nuns' on a mission to heal with cannabis (Reuters)
  • Marijuana on Religious Grounds? A Cannabis Church Opens in Denver (The New York Times)
  • 420 Day: Why There Are So Many Different Names for Weed (TIME)
  • Giving Cannabis the Respect She Deserves (AlterNet)
  • What the Guys Who Coined '420' Think About Their Place in Marijuana History (TIME)
  • The Push to Change the Meaning of 4/20 (ATTN:)
  • International Church of Cannabis Gets Psychedelic Makeover (TMZ)
  • Teen refused life-saving lung transplant because he smoked cannabis (Metro)
  • Escaping the Cult: A Former Anti-Marijuana Advocate Smokes Weed for the First Time (High Existence)
  • Watch Rachael Leigh Cook Remake 'Brain on Drugs' Ad for 4/20 (Rolling Stone)
  • Concentrates are the future of cannabis (Engadget)
  • 'Faces of Marijuana Prohibition' Event Held on Capitol Hill (NORML)
  • Police Department Hilariously Tweets about 'Undercover' 4/20 Operations (ATTN:)
  • Colorado's Marijuana DUIs Are Down 33% (TIME)
  • Bill Maher on Marijuana in the Age of Donald Trump (ATTN:)
  • Here's why the beauty world is embracing cannabis products like never before (Los Angeles Times)
  • Where is cannabis legal, which countries have the harshest penalties for smoking weed and will it be legalised in the UK? (The Sun)
  • The Surprising Group That Opposes Marijuana Legalization (ATTN:)
  • Shining a Feminine Light on Cannabis Liberation (Civilized)
  • Why This Joke About 'National Drug Test Day' Isn't Very Funny (ATTN:)
  • Cannabis: Small growers will soon have industry scale processing in Redwood Valley (Ukiah Daily Journal)
  • This 4/20, Catch A Buzz With A Cannabis Cocktail (Forbes)
  • Cannabis and Carbon (The North Coast Journal)
  • Seven Portland Cannabis Trends We're Excited About Right Now (The Portlander)


  • First evidence found that LSD produces 'higher' level of consciousness, scientists claim (The Independent)
  • VIDEO: The Accidental Discovery of LSD (AlterNet)
  • What does an LSD-style drug-induced 'higher state of consciousness' feel like? (The Guardian)
  • Today is the 74th anniversary of Albert Hofmann's first LSD trip (Boing Boing)
  • Couple high on LSD found having sex in street (The Columbia County News Times)
  • Teenager dies from fatal dose of LSD while travelling on his gap year in Canada (Mirror)
  • Man stabs three while under influence of LSD (The Red & Black)
  • Addiction counselor talks the dangers of taking LSD (WJBF)
  • Iowa City man accused of bringing LSD to meeting with police (The Gazette)

Psilocybin/Magic Mushrooms

  • The Scientific Difference Between LSD and Magic Mushrooms (Inverse)
  • Man arrested in Austintown with 'magic' mushrooms (WFMJ)


  • Dr. Bronner's Pledges Millions To MAPS For MDMA Drug Trials To Help PTSD Sufferers (Inquisitr)
  • Medical MDMA coming soon? (Magnetic Magazine)
  • Arnhem to set up ecstasy testing station for King's Day celebrations (NL Times)
  • Non-Profit MAPS to Utilize Full Range of Medrio Functionality for Pivotal PTSD Study (Yahoo! Finance)
  • Parents Warned After Police Seize Ecstasy That Looks Like Candy (CBS DFW)


  • The ayahuasca ceremony is going under the scientific-method microscope (Quartz)
  • Psychedelic drug ayahuasca improves hard-to-treat depression (New Scientist)
  • 'This is what happened when I tried Ayahuasca' (Body and Soul)
  • How I drank magic till I found myself (Condé Nast Traveller)
  • "She Knew Then That She was Going to Die of Her Femininity": The Making of the Ayahuasca Drama Icaros: A Vision (Filmmaker Magazine)

Peyote/San Pedro/Mescaline

  • Racist Thinking Still Shapes How We Understand Peyote Drinking (Chacruna)



  • The Heroin Epidemic on the Dark Web (KIDY)
  • New York Devotes $200M to Fight Heroin and Opioid Abuse (U.S. News & World Report)
  • UN Puts Afghanistan, The World's Opium Capital, On Drug Control Board (Daily Caller)
  • Colossal Bomb Targets Afghan Islamic State Stronghold in Top Opium-Producing Region (Breitbart)
  • Harm Reduction an Alternative to Incoherent Opioid Addiction Policies (Reason)
  • Naloxone distribution with clean syringe programs saves lives of opioid users (Addiction Now)
  • In battle against opioids, Minnesota leaders promote wider use of naloxone (Minneapolis Star Tribune)




Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • Psychedelic drugs induce 'heightened state of consciousness', brain scans show (The Guardian)
  • Are Psychedelics Medicine? Understanding the Safety & Therapeutic Value of Psychedelics (Psychedelic Times)
  • Customs and Border Patrol Wants to Get Rid of Hiring Polygraphs Because of How Many Applicants Use Drugs (Reason)
  • Unraveling the Drug War: A Rare Chance to Lower MDMA and NPS Sentences (Drug Policy Alliance)
  • Microdosing: The Key To Changing The Conversation About Psychedelics? (VolteFace Magazine)
  • The Scientific Reason 'Just Say No' Doesn't Work (ATTN:)
  • Massachusetts Prosecutors Drop More Than 23,000 Drug Convictions Tainted by Lab Chemist (TIME)
  • 10 Mind-Altering Sessions at Oakland's Psychedelic Science Conference (SF Station)
  • Breaking the Psychedelic Research Logjam with Dr. David Nichols (Smart Drug Smarts)
  • Innovative Strategies for Addressing Substance Use Disorders: The Classic Hallucinogens (Psychiatric Times)
  • I Tried Microdosing With Four Different Psychedelic Drugs. Here's What Happened. (Willamette Week)
  • 10 amazing psychedelic movies guaranteed to blow your mind (inUth)
  • These Images Reveal the Need for Harm Reduction Policies (ATTN:)
  • We're Entering A New Golden Age of Psychedelics, and Portland is Leading the Way (Willamette Week)
  • What Taking Adderall Does to Your Body (ATTN:)
  • Trump Should Abolish the Drug Czar's Office (NORML)

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 are presented by the mass media, which includes everything from the latest scientific research to misinformation.