Politics

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.

Decriminalize Nature Promotes New Oakland Initiative While Condemning Fellow Activists

Decriminalize Nature national leadership publishes statements denouncing fellow activists, including David Bronner, while Portland’s branch of DN opposes Oregon psilocybin ballot measures.

60 Percent of DC Voters Support Plant Medicine Decriminalization

Organizers credit education around Initiative 81 for increasing voter support by 9% since April.

Should Law Enforcement Use Ketamine to Sedate People?

Dr. Carl Spitzer, an emergency physician and ketamine therapist, discusses how ketamine is used as a sedative, whether law enforcement should administer it, and why ketamine therapists have spoken out against the fatal use of ketamine to sedate Elijah McClain.

Peyote Decriminalization Opposed by Groups Seeking to Protect the Plant from Poaching

Concerns about peyote extinction are voiced by the Huichol’s regional council, while Decriminalize Nature Santa Cruz pledges to amend its local resolution and remove peyote from decrim legislation.

What Kind of Psychedelic Use Is Protected by the Law?

In lieu of the recent bust of Zide Door Church of Entheogenic Plants, Lucid News talks to lawyer Dan Peterson about what kind of psychedelic use is protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

Psychedelic Organizations Make Efforts to Address Racism

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests, how are psychedelic organizations instituting change? We surveyed the field.