This Week in Psychoactives - 2.1.19

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CANNABIS

  • These 10 States Are Most Likely To Pass Marijuana Legalization Bills In 2019 (Marijuana Moment)

  • World Health Organization Recommends Rescheduling Marijuana Under International Treaties (Forbes)

  • Philippines House of Representatives Approves Medical Cannabis Use, Production (Talking Drugs)

  • In the age of luxury cannabis, it’s time to talk about Drug War reparations (Quartz)

  • Weed in Your Suitcase? Canada Considering a Fine, Not Felony (Leafly)

  • Trump Attorney General Pick Puts Marijuana Enforcement Pledge In Writing (Forbes)

  • Mother Jones Admits it ‘Overstated’ Cannabis Mental Health Risks (Leafly)

  • Cannabis Comes to Davos, Sharing Spotlight With Global Elites (Bloomberg)

  • Marijuana Study: CBD Can Actually Enhance, Rather Than Counteract, High Caused By THC (Marijuana Moment)

  • In Indonesia, One Group Fights to Reform Zero-Tolerance Cannabis Laws (Leafly)

  • Study Documents Humanity’s Use Of Marijuana Over 10,000 Years Of History (Marijuana Moment)

  • Got Anxiety? Study Finds Cannabis Strains to Try, or Avoid (Leafly)

  • New Jersey Mayors Demand Automatic Marijuana Expungements If State Legalizes (Marijuana Moment)

  • Baltimore's Top Prosecutor Will Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Cases (Reason)

  • Same-Day Cannabis Delivery is Coming to Ontario (Leafly)

  • Scientists Used Marijuana Consumers’ Urine To Produce Electricity (Marijuana Moment)

  • CBS And The Super Bowl's Rejection Of A Cannabis Ad May Still Change The Game (Forbes)

  • UC Berkeley Launches a Cannabis Research Center (Leafly)

  • Man Jailed over a Marijuana Cookie Died After Seizure in Prison (Reason)

  • Legal Medical Marijuana Associated With Lower Opioid Use Rates, Another Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Minnesota Proposal Would Legalize Cannabis Sales in 2020 (Leafly)

  • Survey: Three Of Four Military Veterans Would Consider Using Medical Cannabis (NORML)

  • After Pleading Innocent, This Cannabis Convict's Sentence Went from 4 Years to Life (Civilized)

  • Baltimore Prosecutor Files Rare Petition to Erase Cannabis Convictions (Leafly)

  • Patients Are Substituting Marijuana For Addictive Pharmaceutical Drugs, Two New Studies Show (Marijuana Moment)

  • Ukraine's Acting Health Minister endorses legalization of medical cannabis (112 International)

  • Newfoundland Cannabis Store Closes Amidst Supply Shortages (Leafly)

  • History Of Alcohol Prohibition Suggests Advantage For States That Legalize Marijuana Early (Marijuana Moment)

  • Disappointed by Marijuana Tax Revenue, California Legislators Propose Rate Cuts (Reason)

  • This Canadian Cannabis Advisory Ad Is Full-On Trippy (Leafly)

  • Industrial Hemp Cultivation Exploded In The U.S. Last Year, Report Shows (Marijuana Moment)

  • Cannabis Stocks Are Getting Their Second Wind (Real Money)

  • Metrolinx to Ban Cannabis for Workers in Safety-Sensitive Jobs (Leafly)

  • Here's What You Need to Know About California's Final Cannabis Regulations (Civilized)

  • Officials Urging Cannabis Businesses To Beef Up Security After Increase In Robberies (CBS Sacramento)

  • Where Presidential Candidate John Delaney Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)

  • In Photos: Canada’s First Bongspiel, a Cannabis-Infused Curling Tournament (Leafly)

  • Is Marijuana Competitive or Complementary to Alcohol Sales? (The Motley Fool)

  • Which Is More Potent, Vaping Cannabis or Smoking a Joint? (Leafly)

  • Dealers make violent threats against 12-year-olds over cannabis debt (TheJournal.ie)

LSD

  • Scientists Identify Key Neural Mechanisms Behind an LSD Trip (Motherboard)

  • 'I'M AN AVENGER': Student on LSD allegedly went on teacher groping spree (Canoe News)

MAGIC MUSHROOMS

  • Magic mushrooms 'could be made LEGAL in Britain after huge breakthrough' (Daily Star)

  • A top psychedelic scientist says 'the climate's looking good' for magic mushrooms and MDMA to turn into medicines at a gathering of the world's billionaires (Business Insider)

  • Finding Psychedelic Mushrooms (The Third Wave)

  • Oregon couple pushes to put mushroom therapy on the ballot (KATU)

  • Psilocybin Mushrooms Are Changing the Way You Die (71 Republic)

MDMA

  • Here’s how Ecstasy actually kill (Rave Jungle)

  • Taking MDMA was 'a spur of the moment decision', says Shane Rattenbury (Brisbane Times)

  • ‘Young people just aren’t getting the message’: Ecstasy revealed as the biggest killer at festivals (2GB)

  • Pharmacies 'logical places' to talk about ecstasy (Australian Journal of Pharmacy)

  • Liverpool teenager dies after suspected MDMA overdose (BBC)

DMT

  • I Cooked DMT in My Kitchen for Four Years (VICE)

  • Marriott staff find coworker's hallucinogenic drug lab in boiler room, Calif. cops say (The Sacramento Bee)

AYAHUASCA

SALVIA DIVINORUM

  • Salvia Divinorum And Kratom: Not Safe To Combine Together (Kratom Guides)

NOVEL PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

  • Warning: These Ecstasy Pills Might Cause You to Have Sex With Trees (EDM Tunes)

  • One percent of US teenagers are using flakka -- but it could be more (CNN)

  • Police Issue Warning For Dangerous “Flakka” Pills Sold As MDMA (Your EDM)

SYNTHETIC CANNABINOIDS

  • Devastating Impacts Of Synthetic Marijuana Take Hold In Wisconsin (WUWM)

NITROUS OXIDE

  • Councillor calling on agencies to join forces to tackle growing problem of ‘laughing gas’ (Rochdale Online)

  • Global Nitrous Oxide Market Is Determined to Grow with Immense Rate by 2025 (Digital Journal)

KETAMINE

  • Minn. Hospital Says Paramedics Caused No Harm in Ketamine Study (EMS World)

  • Hennepin Healthcare vows improvements after review into ketamine use on police subjects (Bring Me The News)

  • Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles Commemorates Five Years of Patient Success Stories (Benzinga)

  • Teaching an Old Drug New Tricks: Ketamine and Depression (Breast Cancer News)

PCP

  • South Brunswick police arrest man who allegedly destroyed home while high on PCP (MyCentralJersey.com)

OPIATES/OPIOIDS

  • America’s Opioid Crisis: Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment in Cities (The Pew Charitable Trusts)

  • All Niagara police to be equipped with naloxone (Thorold News)

  • U.S. Border Patrol Reports Largest Fentanyl Bust of Nearly 254 Pounds of Opioid (TIME)

  • Peterborough Public Health, community partners create opioid early monitoring system (Global News)

  • Dana Larsen: Opium tea will end the overdose crisis (The Georgia Straight)

  • Opioid overdose medication easier to access for schools (Sequim Gazette)

  • Many Parents Conflicted About Opioids for Their Teens' Pain (U.S. News & World Report)

  • London police officers used naloxone to save 57 people last year (CBC)

  • Idaho Lawmakers Try To Make It Easier To Get Naloxone (Boise State Public Radio)

  • Florida man spent 41 days in jail for heroin. But it was actually detergent, cops say (Miami Herald)

  • Sears Once Sold Heroin (The Atlantic)

  • No-Knock Warrant for Deadly Drug Raid Describes Heroin and a Gun Cops Didn't Find (Reason)

  • Outreach worker says use of naloxone on the rise in Sudbury (CBC)

  • Feds say Rancho Cordova nurse sold thousands of opioid pills nationwide on dark web (The Sacramento Bee)

  • The Great Opium Bonfire of 1914 (Reason)

  • Increased awareness about Naloxone (The Daily Journal)

COCAINE

BENZODIAZEPINES

  • Fraser Health issues warning over 'large quantities' of fake Xanax (Vancouver Sun)

ALCOHOL

  • Goa to ban alcohol on beaches (Kiwi.com)

  • ‘Hangxiety’: why alcohol gives you a hangover and anxiety (The Guardian)

  • Heavy drinking may change DNA, leading to increased craving for alcohol (ScienceDaily)

  • Dry January Is Just the Beginning: Alcohol-Free Booze Is Poised for a Big 2019 (Fortune)

  • Formerly dry Massachusetts town now allows alcohol sales (WWLP)

  • Trump donates $100,000 to charity every quarter, but you never hear about it (Rooster Magazine)

  • Virginia Alcohol Regulators Said Ending Ban on Happy Hour Ads Would Literally Kill People, Then Supported Ending the Ban (Reason)

  • How to go alcohol free when you work in the drinks industry (The Drinks Business)

  • As Problem Drinking Rises In Older Americans, Geriatrician Offers Tips For Those Who Imbibe Over 65 (Forbes)

  • The celebrity alcohol brands worth a sip (GQ)

NOOTROPICS

  • On Nootropics: How (and if) ‘smart pills’ work (Ladders)

  • This New Blend Of Nootropics is Clinically Proven to Enhance Brain Function (Futurism)

  • Global Nootropics Market to Observe Strong Development by 2024 (DailyCashReports.com)

KRATOM

  • Kratom Migraine & Headaches: What You Must Do To Avoid This Unpleasant Effect (Kratom Guides)

  • Kratom: It's legal, unregulated and has contributed to 2 Northwest Colorado deaths (Craig Daily Press)

KAVA

  • Kava sold at N. Knox bar like 'mild, liquid Valium with happiness attached.' But what is it? (Knoxville News Sentinel)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • 'There Is Officially No More War.' Mexico's President Declares an End to the Drug War Amid Skepticism (TIME)

  • Man evades capture for 15 years by using fingerprint implants (The Guardian)

  • Scientists Rethink Psychedelics As Attitudes Change Toward Formerly Illicit Drugs (Forbes)

  • El Chapo's Defense Team Rests Its Case After Just 30 Minutes (TIME)

  • Sacred Sexuality, Psychedelics and Erotic Hustle: Interview with Lana Baumgartner (Psychedelic Times)

  • The Psychedelic Emotion: Why We Need More “Awe” In Everyday Life (High Existence)

  • A Collection of Trip Sitter Manuals and Guides (Tam Integration)

  • Pointing the way to psychedelic Christianity (The Institute for the Advancement of Psychedelic Christianity)

  • Do you have to do drugs to enjoy dance music? (Mixmag)

  • An inside look at drug networks flooding music festivals — and police are struggling to stop them (news.com.au)

  • 'Don't bury your head in the sand': NZ police minister has spray at Australians over pill testing (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

  • The Frankfurt Resolution of 1990 Still Inspires City-Level Drug Policy Reforms (Filter)

  • This Podcast Gives You the Straight Dope About Drugs (OZY)

  • Embodied Healing: A Personal Perspective on Resolving Trauma with Psychedelics (Chacruna)

  • Illicit drugs should be regulated and distributed by pharmacies, leading doctor suggests (news.com.au)

  • NSW Premier doubles down on pill testing stance following horror drug weekend (SBS)

  • $4.6 million apartment used to host a drug-fuelled rave through Airbnb (news.com.au)

  • 'County lines': huge scale of £500m drug industry revealed (The Guardian)

  • Incarcerated Women Who Use Drugs Find Ways to Care for One Another (Filter)

  • Health and county officials consider syringe exchange solutions (The Daily World)

  • History, not harm, dictates why some drugs are legal and others aren’t (The Conversation)

  • Interested in Harm Reduction? Check Out These Essential Resources (EDM Identity)

  • Don't make tripping on psychedelics a daily habit (The Daily Evergreen)

  • Why a public vote is the wrong way to determine drug policy (The Spinoff)

  • Everything you need to know about microdosing (INSIDER)

  • Harm reduction does not promote drug use (AOD Media Watch)

  • Psychedelic drugs: Magic or menace? (The Irish Times)


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