Denver report on psilocybin decriminalization lays a foundation for urban psychedelic policy

Thursday, November 11, 2021 Initiative 301, the voter initiative that famously decriminalized personal possession, use, and cultivation of psilocybin in Denver in May of 2019, mandated the Mayor to appoint a psilocybin mushroom policy review panel that would “assess and report on the effects” of the initiative and “submit a comprehensive written report with recommendations… Read More Denver report on psilocybin decriminalization lays a foundation for urban psychedelic policy

New York local governments as participants in the cannabis economy

As I read it, New York’s new cannabis legalization law will allow the state government to license local governments to participate in the legal cannabis market by cultivating cannabis, manufacturing cannabis products, selling them at retail, or engaging in any of the activities for which cannabis licenses will be availability. In other words –if I’m… Read More New York local governments as participants in the cannabis economy

For-Profit Actors in the Psychedelic Economy, Part II

“How are you going to be a part of the paradigm shift instead of a deadweight on it that is trying to pull it down into this capitalistic, ‘cannibalist’ morass?“ Here is the second part of a conversation recorded on March 2, 2021, wherein my colleagues Courtney Barnes, Ariel Clark, and Nicole Howell discuss matters… Read More For-Profit Actors in the Psychedelic Economy, Part II

For-Profit Actors in the Psychedelic Economy, Part I

In this session, leading psychedelic attorneys Courtney Barnes, Ariel Clark, and Nicole Howell discuss ways of proceeding from a decriminalized nonprofit market for psychedelics to a net-positive legal market with for-profit actors. The topics of discussion include specific proposals for laying a proper foundation for the eventual entry of legal for-profit actors into the psychedelic… Read More For-Profit Actors in the Psychedelic Economy, Part I

Drug Epidemics, Psychedelics, and Possible Happy Futures: a conversation with William Leonard Pickard

In this episode I host William Leonard Pickard for a discussion of drug epidemics and how the recent re-popularization of psychedelics may manifest – for better or for worse – as corporate interests manufacture new analogs and as rates of use increase generally. Leonard is a former drug policy researcher who studied at the Kennedy… Read More Drug Epidemics, Psychedelics, and Possible Happy Futures: a conversation with William Leonard Pickard

Attorney Courtney Barnes on the status of the Oakland Community Healing Initiative and the effort to enact reform legislation in California in 2021

On December 17 attorney Courtney Barnes of Barnes Caplan LLC joined me to discuss psychedelic law reform efforts taking place in Oakland in 2020 with an eye on state-level reform in 2021. We began by discussing the status of the Oakland Community Healing Initiative (OCHI), which would build on the decriminalization resolution passed in June… Read More Attorney Courtney Barnes on the status of the Oakland Community Healing Initiative and the effort to enact reform legislation in California in 2021

Legalizing Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy: insider tips from the Oregon campaign

I’m very happy to present a conversation with Sam Chapman, the Campaign Director of the “Yes on Measure 109” campaign, and Dave Kopilak, Esq., the primary drafter of the initiative that became Oregon Measure 109, for a discussion of how the campaign to legalize psilocybin-assisted therapy was conducted, the elements of the bill, and what… Read More Legalizing Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy: insider tips from the Oregon campaign