New York legalization update: the Governor launches a series of “listening sessions” around the state for public input and what New York City can do about it

On August 30 New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office made a major announcement: the Governor will hold fifteen “listening sessions” on cannabis legalization at locations around the state in September and October. Those sessions are now underway. The Governor’s press release states: The purpose of these sessions is to garner input from community members… Read More New York legalization update: the Governor launches a series of “listening sessions” around the state for public input and what New York City can do about it

A new front opens up: psychoactive mushroom decriminalization in Denver

I’m pleased to announce that two psychoactive mushroom decriminalization initiatives were filed on Monday (Rosh Hashanah, wouldn’t you know) with the Denver City Council. (See articles in Westword and The Rooster.) Of course this development is a big deal. (Note that I’m biased, having worked with the initiative organizer, Kevin Matthews, on the text for… Read More A new front opens up: psychoactive mushroom decriminalization in Denver

New York moves much much much closer to cannabis legalization

Today New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office made a major announcement: the Governor has appointed a “working group” under the direction of Chief Counsel Alphonso David that will draft legalization legislation. The working group will consist of: David Holtgrave, PhD, Dean, School of Public Health, University at Albany R. Lorraine Collins, PhD, Associate Dean for Research, University at… Read More New York moves much much much closer to cannabis legalization

“The Legal History of Psychedelics” is taking place in front of you

Description: In the 1950s and early 1960s, over 1,000 scientific papers were written about LSD, an exciting phenomenon new to Western medicine that offered an unprecedented window into brain function and revolutionary potential in mental health care. By 1970, the status of LSD and other psychedelics had changed dramatically; they were branded a menace to… Read More “The Legal History of Psychedelics” is taking place in front of you

UK start-up to test psilocybin effectiveness in treating depression: where does that leave the psychonauts?

From the Financial Times: a UK start-up is preparing (presumably “funding”) a clinical trial of psilocybin in treating depression! Great news! Progress on another front! Just one little quirk: “The widespread recreational use of magic mushrooms has given regulators reassurance that psilocybin is safe….” Hmm. Sounds like “anecdotal evidence.” Can the regulators really look to anecdotal… Read More UK start-up to test psilocybin effectiveness in treating depression: where does that leave the psychonauts?