This Week in Psychoactives - 9.13.19



  • Three Companies Subpoenaed in Weed Vape Illness Investigation (Rolling Stone)

  • British vapers are safe, claim health experts after deaths in US (The Guardian)

  • U.S. Pot Industry Faces Antitrust Overhang: Cannabis Weekly (Bloomberg)

  • Overregulation Drives Illegal Marijuana Market In Legal States, Study Suggests (Marijuana Moment)

  • These Cops Are Seizing Cash from People Who Smell Like Weed Before They Fly to California (VICE)

  • New Mexico Will Now Allow Out of State Residents to Get Medical Marijuana Cards (MERRY JANE)

  • Canadian Company Planning to Introduce Odourless Cannabis (Leafly)

  • Harmful Stereotypes About Marijuana Consumers Persist In The Media, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • DEA Wants 3.2 Million Grams Of Marijuana Legally Grown In 2020 (Forbes)

  • Tim Hortons’ WiFi Blocks Legal Cannabis Websites (Leafly)

  • Cannabis smoking may lower diabetes risk in obese individuals: study (Speciality Medical Dialogues)

  • Joe Biden Says Marijuana Should Remain Illegal As A Misdemeanor At Democratic Debate (Marijuana Moment)

  • Legal Marijuana Is A ‘Positive Amenity’ For New Colorado Residents, Study Finds (Marijuana Moment)

  • Where Presidential Candidate Mark Sanford Stands On Marijuana (Marijuana Moment)


  • The CIA's Secret Quest For Mind Control: Torture, LSD And A 'Poisoner In Chief' (NPR)


  • Motion to prevent sale of magic mushrooms defeated by Vancouver council (CBC)

  • Could Magic Mushrooms Soon Be Used for Therapy in Denver? (5280)


  • King's College London needs volunteers for a new MDMA study (Mixmag)



  • Watch the Vibrations of Ayahuasca Songs Projected on Water (DoubleBlind)


  • Chilling map shows which synthetic drugs are killing Kiwis around New Zealand (Newshub)


  • Tripping My Way Toward Wellness One Ketamine Infusion at a Time (The Bold Italic)


  • Data Touted by OxyContin Maker to Fight Lawsuits Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story (ProPublica)

  • ACLU Sues Bureau of Prisons for Denying a Federal Prisoner Buprenorphine (Filter)

  • Taliban's Opium Fields Blocking Chinese Conquest of Afghanistan (Breitbart)

  • These Newborn Babies Cry for Drugs, Not Milk (The New York Times)


  • Cocaine burned massive hole in man's throat before untimely death: report (Fox News)



  • Drinking tea improves brain health, study suggests (ScienceDaily)


  • Trump Announces Disastrous Plan to Ban Flavored Vapes Across the US (Filter)

  • FDA criticizes Juul for telling students its e-cigs are ‘totally safe’ (Engadget)

  • Denver Pushing to Raise Tobacco Purchasing Age, License Retail Stores (Westword)

  • Utah representative pushes to ban e-cigarette products, claiming study found illegal drugs in e-liquids (Fox 13 Now)

  • Bloomberg Takes on Vaping After Giving $1 Billion to Fight Tobacco (The New York Times)


  • Only a fraction of the costs of excessive drinking are paid for by alcohol taxes (Medical Xpress)

  • Doctor Warns Alcohol Is The Most Dangerous Substance To Unborn Babies (WCCO)



  • Judge rules Somali man detained for stimulant can stay in US (SFGate)


  • Killer Hallucinogenic Weed Blooming in Upper West Side Median Strip: Report (NBC New York)


  • Oregon Voters Could See Measure To Decriminalize All Drugs On 2020 Ballot (Marijuana Moment)

  • Researchers Find Unexpected White Blood Cells in Patients With Mysterious Vaping Illness (VICE)

  • Berkeley City Council To Vote On Decriminalizing Psychedelics (Marijuana Moment)

  • Why some South American indigenous tribes give their dogs psychedelic drugs (The Outline)

  • Google puts drug addiction recovery info front and center (Engadget)

  • Emotional breakthroughs during psychedelic experiences linked to future increases in mental well-being (PsyPost)

  • NSW Health backs plan for early warning system on drugs (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • New law gives NZ police discretion not to prosecute drug users, but to offer addiction support instead (The Conversation)

  • The HPPD Debate: Is Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder Real? (MERRY JANE)

  • REPORT: 1/4 Of Youth Have Seen Drugs For Sale On Snapchat & Instagram (Your EDM)

  • DARPA wants benefits of psychedelics but without hallucinations (The Sociable)

  • Too many hooked on prescription drugs - health chiefs (BBC)

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