This Week in Psychoactives - 10.11.19



  • California vape maker Kushy Punch caught making illegal products (Leafly)

  • Mexican Senate Leader Says Marijuana Will Be Legalized This Month (Marijuana Moment)

  • 9 States That Could Vote to Legalize Marijuana in 2020 (The Motley Fool)

  • Study Funded By Feds Debunks Myths About Marijuana Legalization’s Alleged Harms (Marijuana Moment)

  • California Bill Will Allow the Use of Medical Marijuana in Hospitals (MERRY JANE)

  • Pilot Study Shows Marijuana Can Help Chronic Pain Patients Stop Taking Opioids (Marijuana Moment)

  • Texas Officials Suddenly Shut Down Medical Marijuana Dispensary Licensing Process (Marijuana Moment)

  • California's Massive Power Shut-Off Is Jeopardizing the State’s Weed Industry (MERRY JANE)

  • Inventors File Patent Application For Scratch-And-Sniff Marijuana Packages (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis stocks have flamed out this year (CNN)

  • This Michigan City Will Now Allow Cannabis Cafes and Outdoor Weed Festivals (MERRY JANE)

  • Maine on track for legal marijuana sales by spring 2020 (Bangor Daily News)

  • Number Of Banks Accepting Marijuana Business Grew Again Last Quarter, Feds Report (Marijuana Moment)

  • The budding industry of cannabis tech (TechCrunch)

  • Can Cannabis Treat Dementia? New Australian Study Aims to Find Out (MERRY JANE)

  • Majority Of New Yorkers Say Marijuana Should Be Legalized, Poll Shows (Marijuana Moment)




  • Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy: How MDMA Is Changing Treatment for PTSD (Psychiatry Advisor)

  • Teen who died at Leeds Festival had MDMA, cocaine and ketamine in her system (ExaminerLive)

  • Listen In concert: MDMA linked to hospitalisations, four arrested for climbing marquee (


  • Rythmia Scholarship Program Democratizes Access to Life-Changing Retreat (Yahoo! Finance)

  • How I Lived Twelve Years in a Colombian Ayahuasca Cult Led by a Sexual Abuser (Chacruna)

  • Montreal conference will put spotlight on hallucinogenic ayahuasca (CTV News)

  • I have HIV and ayahuasca and psilocybin have saved me (Chacruna)


  • Toad Venom May Be The Next Psychedelic Frontier (The Fix)

  • Naturalist and Artist Team Up to Save Sonoran Desert Toads (Psychedelic Times)



  • Ultimate San Pedro Cactus Guide: Effects, Common Uses, Safety (Reality Sandwich)


  • Ibogaine: Promising Addiction Treatment or Snake Oil? (The Fix)


  • Scottish prisons 'awash' with synthetic drugs linked to violence (BBC)


  • Florida Prison Neglect Contributes to Synthetic Cannabinoid Deaths (Filter)

  • The shocking number of Birmingham people hospitalised by spice and cannabis last year (Birmingham Live)


  • Ketamine infusion therapy: A promising way to treat mental illness (


  • Sesame Street takes on opioids crisis as muppet's mother battles addiction (The Guardian)

  • Addicts will get heroin twice a day under pioneering crime-slashing plan in town where the killer class A drug is cheaper than cigarettes (Daily Mail)

  • Addiction Experts Are Outraged A Pharma Lobbyist Is On A Federal Drug Abuse Panel (BuzzFeed News)

  • Community responders more likely to seek help during overdose when naloxone does not work (Medical Xpress)

  • Kenya struggles to cope with growing number of heroin users (Reuters)

  • Washington health officials suggest everyone carries Naloxone as fentanyl use rises (

  • Beyond the Sacklers: Free-trade policies contributed to the opioid epidemic (STAT News)

  • Police oppose naloxone overdose kits: 'not our job to save lives' (The National)


  • Tulsi Gabbard Says Country Should Move To Legalize Drugs Like Cocaine And Heroin (Marijuana Moment)

  • Face to face with a cartel assassin: 'I'll never do cocaine again after realising the human cost of the drug' (iNews)


  • Home buyers, beware: Contamination from cooking meth can linger for years (Ars Technica)

  • Party drug, LSD prices remain flat in contrast to meth mayhem (



  • E-Cig Vaping May Cause Lung and Bladder Cancer, Study Finds (MERRY JANE)

  • Smoking Fewer Than 5 Cigarettes a Day Damages Your Lungs Almost as Much as Smoking a Whole Pack, Study Says (TIME)

  • Schools Across the Country Are Installing Vape Detectors to Sniff Out Students (MERRY JANE)

  • 'We Vape, We Vote': How vaping crackdowns are politicizing vapers (CNN)

  • Oregon and Rhode Island Have Joined the Flavored Vape Ban (MERRY JANE)

  • New York’s Vape Flavor Ban Has Been Blocked—For Now (Filter)

  • Juul Is the New Big Tobacco (Bloomberg)

  • How tobacco smuggling costs Minnesota hundreds of thousands of dollars a year (

  • India Banned E-Cigarettes — But Beedis And Chewing Tobacco Remain Widespread (NPR)


  • Are Whiskey Pods A Stealth Way For Teens To Get Alcohol? (Forbes)




  • The Future of Drug Education Is So Much Better than D.A.R.E. (VICE)

  • Is it time you got yourself a shaman? (London Evening Standard)

  • Parents Are Using Magic Mushrooms, LSD To Be Better Parents, Be More ‘Present’ For Their Kids (The Inquisitr)

  • SNP set to back decriminalisation of drugs in bid to tackle death toll crisis (Daily Record)

  • How the Drug War Blob Took Over The Washington Post (New Republic)

  • Regulatory Hurdles Facing Psychedelics (Psychedelic Science Review)

  • An open letter to the newly founded Center for Psychedelic Research at Johns Hopkins (Psymposia)

  • Drug dealers get rich and stay legal by outsourcing to China (Rooster Magazine)

  • Nothing has changed since I was sacked. Drugs policy still doesn’t work (The Guardian)

  • Binghamton Group Gets Grant For Substance Abuse Policy Change (News Break App)

  • Florida Student Gets Suspended for Handing Out “End the Drug War” Flyers (MERRY JANE)

  • Amanda Feilding has spent 54 years experimenting with psychedelics — for the sake of science (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  • The War on Drugs Is a War on the Climate (Gizmodo)

  • We need a more nuanced discussion about drugs and suicide (iNews)

  • Trippy Talk with Psychedelic Legend Dennis Mckenna (Reality Sandwich)

  • Psychedelics and the Workplace (Medium)

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