Politics

From Psychedelic Decrim to No-Knock Warrants: The Top Ten Drug Policy Stories of 2020

Changes in policy and reduced policing of drug laws has impacted users of psychedelics, as has the Covid-19 pandemic, which is increasing the need for mental health and addiction treatments.

Oakland’s Next Step in Psychedelic Decriminalization Approved Unanimously by City Council

The resolution calls for decrim throughout California and protection for community-based healing ceremonies, in line with a bill being drafted in the state Senate.

Biden Promises Reform of His Punitive Drug Laws

President-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris have pledged major reforms of drug laws to shift the criminal justice system away from incarceration towards still controversial mandated treatment and drug courts.

UN Removes Cannabis from Most Dangerous Drugs List

Global anti-drug conventions now recognize the therapeutic value of cannabis and no longer consider it “particularly liable to abuse and to produce ill-effects.”

Leaders of Two Major Drug Initiatives Explain What Just Happened in Oregon

Oregon Measures 109 and 110 broke new ground in drug reform by legalizing psilocybin for therapeutic use and decriminalizing all drugs. The chief petitioners behind these bills, Tom and Sheri Eckert and Anthony Johnson, discuss their federal and local impact.

Two Arrested and Charged in Czech Republic for Distributing Ayahuasca

The police action is part of a larger trend of increasing detentions and prosecution of ayahuasca providers across Europe.

Groundbreaking Drug Policy Initiatives Pass in Oregon and DC

Three major ballot initiatives were approved by voters on Tuesday, signaling a significant shift in public attitudes toward drug policy.

Oregon Is on the Cusp of a Major Precedent in National Drug Reform: Decriminalizing Everything

The drug war hasn’t made drugs less accessible to youth, but instead, we get a lot more people incarcerated and dying of drug use. The more we criminalize it, the more dangerous it becomes.

Oregon Leads the Way for First US Psilocybin Legalization

Measure 109, a ballot initiative to legalize psilocybin-based therapy state-wide, could become a model for the nation.

How Ann Arbor Decriminalized Psychedelic Plants and Fungi

The Ann Arbor City Council voted unanimously to pass the resolution, adapted from Decriminalize Nature. Now the County Prosecutor is on board, too.