This Week in Psychedelics - 6.23.17

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  • Philando Castile's 'Audacity To Smoke Marijuana' in Front of Child Doomed Him, Says Cop Who Killed Him (Reason)
  • Air Fresheners as Probable Cause? A New Jersey Lawyer Talks Garden State Cannabis Access (Leafly)
  • Study: Adult Use Marijuana Laws Do Not Adversely Impact Traffic Fatality Rates (NORML)
  • Roger Stone Wants Donald Trump to Legalize Marijuana (TIME)
  • Study: CBD Administration Reduces Blood Pressure (NORML)
  • Vermont: House Blocks Marijuana Depenalization Bill From Further Consideration (NORML)
  • The Search for a Place to Toke Up (Reason)
  • Colorado County Gives High School Graduates $420K in Cannabis-Funded Scholarships (Leafly)
  • Two Major Victories For Student Rights In Federal Courts (NORML)
  • How Medical Marijuana Can Help Solve the Opioid Epidemic (Psychedelic Times)
  • Should Alcohol and Cannabis Have Separate DUI Laws? (Leafly)
  • Contaminated Cannabis Still Hitting the Shelves in Oregon, Report Finds (Leafly)
  • Why Industry Reps Out For Cannabis Vs. Marijuana (KUNR)
  • New Report Shows New Jersey's Cannabis Laws Failing Its People (Leafly)
  • Portland Now Has a Pop-up Cannabis Dinner Series (The Potlander)
  • This Meme Nails What People Don't Get About Working in the Marijuana Industry (ATTN:)
  • Getting stoned with the Weed Nuns (Boing Boing)
  • Medical cannabis group raises $4.75 million (St. Louis Business Journal)
  • Could weed be used to treat period pain? (The Guardian)
  • As Cannabis Comes Out of Black Market, Regulators Face Scrutiny (Leafly)
  • Medicinal cannabis: Doctors, nurses and Nimbin 'elders' trade marijuana tips (ABC)
  • Check Out These Weekly Cannabis Live Streams on YouTube (Leafly)
  • Medical cannabis workshop: 'incredibly difficult' to get drugs to patients (The Guardian)
  • The US weed rush and white-collar cannabis CEOs (The Sun Daily)
  • The 'Green Rush' Went Next Level at Last Week's Cannabis Business Summit and Expo in Oakland (East Bay Express)
  • Medical Marijuana Continues To Work Miracles (Disinfo)
  • Teenagers should stop rolling their cannabis joints with tobacco if they don't want CANCER, researcher wants (Daily Mail)


  • Study finds LSD produces dreamlike states in awake humans by stimulating serotonin receptors (PsyPost)
  • LSD to lift your mood or performance? Microdosing could become commonplace (Genetic Library Project)
  • Tripping up: The real danger of microdosing with LSD (New Scientist)
  • Inside the 1950s LSD Therapy That Changed Cary Grant's Life (Vulture)
  • Ice Cube To Produce Movie About Dock Ellis' LSD No-Hitter; O'Shea Jackson To Star (HotNewHipHop)
  • Don't Take LSD There for the First Time and Other Top Glasto Tips (Noisey)


  • Carrie Fisher Had Cocaine, Heroin and Ecstasy in Her System, Autopsy Shows (TIME)
  • Canadian Study Shows Psychedelic Drugs Like Ecstasy Reduce Suicide Risks, While Meth Increases Risk (Inquisitr)
  • MDMA Moves Closer to Being PTSD Treatment (Vital Updates)
  • Father Sues Insomniac Events After His Son's Death From Ecstasy During EDC Las Vegas (EDM Sauce)
  • Jersey Police warn users over 'particularly strong' ecstasy tables (BBC)
  • Teen dies after taking 'Ikea' ecstasy pills as cops warn of deadly batch (The Sun)
  • Woman still in hospital after taking Ecstasy on night out in Sheffield (The Star)
  • Arlington Police Seize 1,000 Ecstasy Tabs Shaped Like Flintstones Vitamins (CBS DFW)


  • Ayahuasca: Coming to a Clinic Near You? (AlterNet)
  • Dr. Gabor Mate: Ayahuasca Is The 'Antidote To Western Psychological Distress' (The Fix)
  • Drug investigators say "dangerous drug lab" in Douglas County was making DMT (Yakima Herald-Republic)


  • Vendor Letter: An alternative addiction treatment (Real Change)


  • Inside the Los Angeles Clinic That Uses Ketamine to Treat Depression (Los Angeles Magazine)
  • Ketamine Not Effective Against Postoperative Delirium, Pain in Older Adults (Practical Pain Management)
  • There Could Be Ketamine in Your 'Natural' Chicken (Bloomberg)
  • Police: Wrong-way driver had PCP and 9-year-old nephew in vehicle (KVUE)


  • Heroin Addiction Costs US More Than $50 Billion Per Year (Newsweek)
  • Opium use booms in Afghanistan, creating a 'silent tsunami' of addicted women (The Washington Post)
  • Former Surgeon General Says Trumpcare Will Be a Disaster for the Opioid Crisis (ATTN:)
  • Veterinarians are Starting To Look for Drug-Seeking Behavior (ATTN:)
  • New Resource to Help Fight Heroin, Opioid Epidemic (U.S. News & World Report)
  • Why every cop should carry naloxone (Police One)
  • US fentanyl crisis: It's become a relief to only find heroin, says police officer (The Independent)
  • Number of women in hospital for heroin and prescription opioids spikes 75% in a decade (The Independent)


  • Supplements To Get Rid of Kratom and Opiate Withdrawal Symptoms (Kratom Guides)
  • Kratom - a jolt like coffee, a painkiller like a pain pill (TG Daily)
  • How I Made an Extremely Potent Sleep Cake That Could Knock Out An Elephant (Men's Health)
  • Can these 8 Herbal Teas Boost your Immune System (Alverno Alpha)
  • Little-known illegal drug being sold to sick, desperate Australians (The New Daily)


  • Largest kava bar in the US lands a spot in Asheville (WLOS)


  • Tanzania: 48 Acres of Khat Rhazed in Operation (All Africa)

Miscellaneous Psychedelics/Psychoactives/Drug Policy

  • The Silk Road Is Dead, But the Internet's Illicit Drug Economy Is Alive and Well (Reason)
  • Uniting Shamanic Healing and Western Medicine (Reality Sandwich)
  • Read Jeff Sessions' Utterly Illogical Defense of Tough Drug Sentences (Reason)
  • New Report Contradicts Jeff Sessions' Claim That 'Soft' Drug Sentences Led to More Crime (Reason)
  • Q&A With Psychedelic Stand-Up and LaughFest Headliner Shane Mauss (Flagpole)
  • More Evidence That Eric Holder's Charging Memo Helped Drug Offenders (Reason)
  • Psychedelic Drugs Enhance Consciousness (Medical News Bulletin)

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.