Oregon Psilocybin: Does Measure 109 Go Far Enough? Does it Go Too Far?

We are on record here at the law firm in support of Measure 109. We have friends and colleagues who have worked on the campaign and clients who have written checks, large and small. Legal psilocybin in Oregon? We like the sound of that.

But do we unconditionally and unapologetically love the ballot measure? No, it’s not perfect. As a refresher, Measure 109 would legalize the manufacture, delivery and administration of psilocybin, but only at supervised, licensed facilities. If you hope to grow psilocybin mushrooms at home, that will not be allowed. Nor will bringing those mushrooms on a camping trip with your friends. Heck, even picking psilocybin mushrooms in the forest won’t be allowed.

Why is Measure 109 restrictive? Ultimately, it probably comes down to the reason any ballot measure is drawn up the way it is—so that it will pass. Many people, including psychiatrists, are not prepared to vote for both the decriminalization AND deregulation of psychedelic drugs. Folks may not be educated about what these drugs are, how they work and what they can do. People may have ideas about psilocybin, including that it is mind-altering and powerful and potentially even dangerous. They aren’t wrong.


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Missouri’s Medical Marijuana Ambitions Have Begun

The two-year wait to purchase medical marijuana flower in Missouri has finally ended.

After passing Amendment 2 back in 2018 by nearly a 2-1 margin, state officials worked to deliberately (and for some, too slowly) construct medical cannabis regulations and a marketplace from the ground up. After plenty of delays and months of patients calling dispensaries to ask for an opening date, the wait is finally over as N’Bliss opens dispensaries in Manchester and Ellisville today.

We spoke to Bradford Goette, CEO and managing partner of Nirvana Investments, owners and operators of N’Bliss dispensaries, to ask what patients can expect and the next steps for cannabis is Missouri.

– Read the entire article at Beninga.

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Study: CBD May Help Block Pain-Signalling Pathways

Nerve cells treated with CBD saw reduced levels of a key signalling molecule in the pain pathway.

There’s no shortage of anecdotal evidence about the efficacy of cannabidiol (CBD) for treating pain, but a new study offers further scientific insight into how the compound interacts with nerve cells.

Published in the Journal of Pain Research, the study suggests that CBD may help block pain-signalling pathways.

Researchers found that lab-cultured rat neurons treated with CBD were less sensitive to capsaicin, the active compound in chili peppers. The nerve cells treated with CBD saw an influx of calcium and reduced levels of the pain-signalling molecule cAMP, a key signalling molecule in the pain pathway, reports Imperial College London.

– Read the entire article at Regina Leader-Post.

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Women Turning To Cannabis To Manage Menopause Symptoms

Study finds women treating hot flashes, insomnia with cannabis instead of hormone therapy.

Recent studies have shown more older adults using cannabis to treat ailments, and it seems they aren’t the only ones.

A study presented at the virtual annual meeting of the North American Menopause Society in September showed more women are turning to cannabis to manage hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and other menopause symptoms.

– Read the entire article at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Detroit Officials Announce Proposal To Allow Adult-Use Cannabis Sales In City

Leaders in Detroit on Monday will reportedly unveil a plan to bring recreational marijuana sales to the city.

Two years after Michigan voters legalized pot for adults, residents of the state’s largest city may finally get to take advantage. The Detroit Free Press reported that city councilman James Tate was set to offer up a proposal under which “sales would be allowed and at least half of all new licenses would be issued to what he is calling ‘legacy Detroiters,’” and that those “Detroiters would be given first priority for the licenses, in addition to discounts on application fees and city land,” with the aim to “ensure Detroiters who have been disproportionately impacted by the nation’s so-called ‘War on Drugs’ will have an opportunity to sustainably participate in the state’s legal adult-use marijuana industry.” The plan is endorsed by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

“In the past when licenses for marijuana businesses become available, they tend to go to non-residents, rather than those who live in this community,” Duggan said, according to the Free Press. “What Councilman Tate has crafted here in partnership with our law department ensures that longtime Detroit residents will have the opportunity to build real wealth as

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Cannabis Company Basics: Compliance is Key

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the lawsuit filed by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC) against Vertical Bliss, Inc., a company which the BCC alleged had manufactured cannabis products and sold them unlawfully in the illicit market. The BCC is seeking mind-blowingly high civil penalties against Vertical Bliss based on these allegations. If it is successful and recovers only part of what it is seeking, the damages could still be massive.

The Vertical Bliss case is one of the first massive enforcement actions since the implementation of licensing under the Medical and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act–late last year, the California Department of Food and Agriculture sued another operator, but not much public enforcement has happened since then.

That said, we fully expect that over the next year, the agencies will ramp up enforcement. And we also expect that they will come after companies who are alleged to have engaged in much more mundane rule violations. From the agencies’ perspective, they will have to eventually start seriously enforcing their rules, otherwise companies will just ignore them.

The inevitability of enforcement actions, civil penalties, loss of licensure, and even potentially criminal liability (depending on the nature

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Seth Rogen On Fighting Cannabis Stigma And Why Pot Should Be As Accepted As Beer

When actor Seth Rogen was growing up and smoking cannabis in Vancouver, he recalls there was a constant cloud of shame around the substance that still lingers.

“I smoke weed all day and every day and have for 20 years. For me, it’s like glasses or shoes. It’s something I need to navigate my life,” Rogen, the star of comedic hits like “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express,” told The Canadian Press over a video call on Thursday.

“People have tried to make me feel shame about it over the years or have tried to make me seem like I’m weak or stupid for integrating it so completely into my life, but I’m almost 40 now, I’m married, I have a good job and I have just found that none of the stigmas I was told to be true are true.”

– Read the entire article at News.

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