Portugal's radical drug policy is working. Why hasn't the world copied it? by Susana Ferreira

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/dec/05/portugals-radical-drugs-policy-is-working-why-hasnt-the-world-copied-it

This article by Susana Ferreira on the Guardian gives an overview on how the opiod epidemic in Portugal (it is a global trend people, wonder if Purdue had anything to do with that...) was devastating people and family from all classes in Portugal. Out of necessity, grassroots efforts sprang forward to heal communities.

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Nicole Dalton gives a harrowing talk on Psilocybin, Psychedelics, and the Law

https://youtu.be/oNt8XhwKwB8

Nicole Dalton, JD is based in Washington and is the person you don't want to have to call. She breaks down how some of the draconian laws around scheduled substances work, where they come from, what is happening out in the courthouses around psychedelics, how can we try to figure that out, and ultimately "what can we do to improve, the shitshow." She does not bear the absolute answers to that last question, but she's got ideas.  

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Racial-Delic, a talk by Darren Springer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJtJa7YLh1Q&feature=youtu.be

Darren Springer, a London-based grassroots researcher, events organizer, tutor, and thinker, poses three questions:

  1. What can be done to make the psychedelic community as equally accessible and inclusive to non-white communities?
  2. Why are the descendants of the indigenous peoples so disconnected from the medicine lineages of their ancestors?
  3. What can be done to defend against the co-optation of sacred indigenous traditions by Westerners in search of novel "experiences," and who exploit these traditions for financial gain?
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Using Fungi to Fix Bridges by Rachel Flores

https://www.binghamton.edu/news/story/938/using-fungi-to-fix-bridges

Rachel Flores documents the efforts of professor Congrui Jin to create concrete that can regrow itself, and our crumbling infrastructure. 

Does the fungus want to aid us in scouring the Earth with concrete? Is this a necessary advance for humanity? Is this a necessary advance for the Earth? What do you think?

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Queer Voices Speak to the New Psychedelia by Jeanna Eichenbaum on Chacruna

https://chacruna.net/queer-voices-speak-to-the-new-psychedelia/

This article, by Jeanna Eichenbaum on Chacruna, is a very important expansion of scope away from hetero-normative models of facilitation, hegemonic models of research, and lens into the kinds of spiritual initiations and passages one may journey through when being LGBTQ2IA+ and communing with psychedelic medicines.

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How should Plant Medicines be Regulated? and Beyond Prohibition of Plant Medicines

How should Plant Medicines be Regulated? An article by Charlotte Walsh on Chacruna https://chacruna.net/how-plant-medicines-regulated/

 

Walsh expanded on that article in Beyond Prohibition of Plant Medicines https://chacruna.net/beyond-prohibition-of-plant-medicines/

 

These are eloquent articles on why we NEED decriminalization before legalization, and before strict government regulation of plant and fungal psychedelics.

 

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