This Week in Psychedelics



A new book reviews psychedelic research since 1990, a six-year independent UK study argues for decriminalization, and a high school teen is accused of selling a "lethal dose" of LSD to a classmate in this week's psychedelic news.

  • A six-year study by the UK Drug Policy Commission, an independent advisory body, argues for the decriminalization of small amounts of controlled substances. (Guardian, Guardian, Independent)
  • A top professor at the University of Kent argues that people should be legally allowed to grow their own cannabis. (Kent Online)
  • France's Minister of Education, Vincent Peillon, spoke in favor of cannabis decriminalization. (Digital Journal)
  • A Guardian editorial criticizes the influence of irrational taboo on drug politics. (Guardian)
  • io9 debunks urban legends about LSD flashbacks. (io9)
  • Science writer David Jay Brown's new book, "Psychedelic Drug Research: The State of the Field," offers a definitive overview of scientific research on psychedelics since 1990. (Santa Cruz Patch)
  • Medical marijuana is bringing a "green rush" of businesses to Colorado, where dispensaries are so numerous that they outnumber Starbucks and McDonald's combined by nearly threefold. (CBS News)
  • Hindustan Times describes Rajasthan's popular, government-run bhang shops that sell drinks made from cannabis leaves, which grow wild in many parts of northern India. (Hindustan Times)
  • "Distilled Spirits," a new book by Don Lattin, traces the influences that friends Gerald Heard, Aldous Huxley, and Bill Wilson had on the American religious landscape and the spiritual use of psychedelics. (Washington Post, Mercury News, Huffington Post)
  • Playwright Lynne Kaufman's one-man show, "Acid Test: The Many Incarnations of Ram Dass," explores how the man born as Richard Alpert transformed into a spiritual icon. (SF Weekly)
  • Matala, a Greek island village where Joni Mitchell once slept in a cave, continues its psychedelic hippy ethos. (Yahoo)
  • The Demian Conrad Design studio based its 2012 LUFF campaign on the concept of psychedelic revival. (Dexigner)
  • LSD treatment for mental illness is listed in the Huffington Post's roundup of 17 "remedies" that didn't pan out. (Huffington Post)
  • Singer Pink states that she experimented with ecstasy, crystal meth, and LSD, but quit drugs after a bad experience when she was 15 years old. (Contact Music)
  • Police and governments in Australia are struggling to regulate the synthetic drug industry. (ABC News)
  • ABC Australia's RadioNational describes the website Silk Road as "the eBay of illegal drugs." (Radio National)
  • A man in Iceland was taken into police custody for consuming magic mushrooms. After sleeping them off in the police station, he was released without charge. (Iceland Review)
  • New York police arrested a man on charges of possessing magic mushrooms after they were called to a report of domestic violence. Officers were able to identify the psilocybin-containing mushrooms due to previous training and arrests. (Mid Hudson News)
  • A 22-year-old arrested for unlawfully possessing medical marijuana died in jail from known food allergies while pleading for help from police. (Toke of the Town, Q13 FOX)
  • A 15 year old faces potential felony charges for giving a classmate brownies laced with marijuana and LSD. (FOX, Star-Telegram)
  • A high school teenager has been accused of selling a "fatal dose" of LSD to a classmate in North Carolina. According to the warrant, an anonymous caller told investigators that a teen was manufacturing LSD in a homemade chemistry lab. (WRAL, News Observer)
  • A 19 year old arrested on charges of felony battery with injury to police allegedly took LSD and subsequently climbed on cars and skateboarded half naked in the rain. After being arrested, he growled and tried to bite a police officer's face and legs. (Star Press)
  • A 19 year old in Massachusetts has denied charges of assaulting police officers while naked and high on magic mushrooms. (Mass Live)
  • Two off-duty Florida law-enforcement officers fatally shot a naked woman who confronted them at a social gathering. The incident took place two weeks after a naked, unarmed university freshman on LSD was fatally shot by a campus police officer. (Yahoo)

 

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"This Week in Psychedelics" is a Reality Sandwich column that follows the multifaceted media appearances of this class of chemicals and their effects in popular culture. Share your psychedelic news links on the facebook page or twitter.

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