Time to write the legal history and future of psychedelics

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

An end-run around rescheduling psilocybin

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

Psychedelic cross-over

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

Vaporizing cannabis prohibition: the gateway theory is gone

  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

Virtual reality and psychedelic prohibition

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

Vaporizing cannabis prohibition under Trump: make the DEA defer to state law

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