It is my pleasure to announce that I will moderate a panel discussion of “The Legal History of Psychedelics” on Wednesday 9/13 at the NYC Bar Association. There will be three highly distinguished speakers: (1) Dr. Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, (2) Nancy Hollander, counsel for O Centro Espirita… Read More Time to write the legal history and future of psychedelics
Given the ever-increasing interest in psilocybin, I’m not especially surprised that there is a move to reduce criminal penalties in California by a voter initiative even though I wasn’t expecting it so soon. There have been two categories of news coverage which I have been recording on the Psychedelic Law Facebook, primarily news stories about arrests for… Read More An end-run around rescheduling psilocybin
This story about the recent academic paper from Germany identifying enzymes that create psilocybin ran in the Smithsonian. It follows this story from Newsweek. Name recognition-level awareness of psilocybin is taking place in the mainstream newsmedia to an unprecedented degree. The Smithsonian and Newsweek articles are a counterweight to the steady stream of shrooms-and-crime stories… Read More Psychedelic cross-over
Sessions’ comment is a total non sequitur, a decoy. The AG is fully-empowered to take action to review the status of cannabis under federal law. Put the questions to him.
The FDA and the DEA abandoned the “gateway theory” in August 2016 Newsflash: the “gateway theory” is no longer official government doctrine There is much concern in the cannabis legalization movement/industry that the new administration will go to war against the legal cannabis markets. The nomination of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, recent comments… Read More Vaporizing cannabis prohibition: the gateway theory is gone
Gonzalez Franco predicted technology would allow users to experience mind-altering hallucinations that often occur under the influence of psychedelic drugs but without all the dismal side effects of taking a substance like LSD. from an International Business Times article on a new product line from Microsoft. Dismal side effects of taking a substance like LSD. Like…a lower… Read More Virtual reality and psychedelic prohibition
Change federal drug law to require that the DEA consider whether states accept that there is a medical use for cannabis Back in October of 2012 I published an explanation of the DEA’s legal justification for permanent cannabis prohibition and how to attack it. I explained that the DEA misconstrues the Controlled Substances Act (the “CSA”), the federal statute that governs… Read More Vaporizing cannabis prohibition under Trump: make the DEA defer to state law