Medicinal Psilocybin Initiative is One Step Closer to Oregon’s 2020 Ballot

Oregon designated a ballot title for a measure that would legalize the medicinal usage of magic mushrooms this week, pushing the state ahead in the race for the hallucinogenic’s legalization. Marijuana Moment reports that 140,000 signatures will be needed to get the groundbreaking initiative onto the ballot next year.

Referred to as the Psilocybin Service Initiative of Oregon by supporters, the bill would make the manufacture, possession, and delivery of the mushrooms legal. The ballot proposal would also make it legal for licensed medical professionals to administer fungi for therapeutic use.

Studies have indicated that magic mushrooms may prove effective in the treatment of PTSD and nicotine addiction, plus anxiety and depression in patients with terminal disease. The bill would also reduce penalties for unauthorized possession of mushrooms down to a violation or fine. Perhaps most excitingly, the medicinal use of psilocybin has the potential to drastically cut medical care costs should legalization be adopted in Oregon.

“We’re excited to gather signatures in support of establishing a community-based service framework, in which licensed providers, along with licensed producers of psilocybin mushrooms, can blaze new trails in Oregon in accordance with evolving practice standards,” said Tom Eckert, the Oregon Psilocybin Society

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Canadian Cannabusiness Executives Delayed Crossing Border

CANNABIS CULTURE -Recently, hundreds of Canadians in the cannabis industry headed south for MJBizCon, a massive cannabis conference in Las Vegas. One of the attendees was Matt Maurer, the Vice Chair of the Cannabis Law Group at Torkin Manes, who heard first-hand accounts from executives that were intentionally held up at the Canadian border.

“A cannabis executive who flew out of Vancouver was taken into secondary [screening]  once they found out that person was going to the conference,” said Maurer in an interview with Cannabis Culture. “From what that person tells me, there were lots of questions about if they were doing business in the United States [or]  if they were looking to partner with people in the United States.”

Matt Maurer, the Vice Chair of the Cannabis Law Group

Matt went on to add that once it became clear this executive was simply headed to MJ BizCon for research purposes they allowed him to go through to the conference about two hours later. “The conference was the flag that put them in the secondary, but the conference in and of itself, at least in that instance, wasn’t enough to tell that person they were not coming in.”

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Three California Cannabis Business Associates Charged in Kidnap, Murder Plot

A prominent California cannabis investor and two associates have been arrested in connection with a plot to kidnap and murder a business partner. Salam Razuki, Sylvia Gonzales, and Elizabeth Juarez were arrested by federal agents earlier this month and conspiracy charges were filed against the defendants on Nov. 19, according to a release from federal prosecutors.

According to a complaint obtained by the Voice of San Diego, Razuki and Gonzales met with a confidential informant working with the FBI at a San Diego restaurant and asked the informant to kill a business associate identified by federal prosecutors only as N.M. The Voice of San Diego has reported that N.M. is Ninus Malan. Razuki and Malan are involved in civil litigation over the ownership of several San Diego legal cannabis businesses, including a dispensary.

At the meeting, Razuki and Gonzalez said they wanted the informant to “shoot him in the face,” or “to take him to Mexico and have him whacked” because of the civil suit, according to the release.

At a second meeting, Razuki and Gonzalez reiterated their desire that the informant kill Malan.

“You need to get rid of this asshole, he’s costing me too much money,” Gonzales said.

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Oregon Officials Certify Initiative to Legalize Medical Magic Mushrooms

An initiative by the Oregon Psilocybin Society (OPS) that would legalize the medical use of magic mushrooms has been certified by state officials.

“The Psilocybin Service Initiative of Oregon has been titled!”. said OPS in a recent Tweet. “In December PSI will begin gathering the 140K signatures to get it on the 2020 ballot. Learn how YOU can support this historical campaign from anywhere on earth by visiting http://www.psi-2020.org .”

Specifically, the initiative would allow licensed medical professionals such as physicians to prescribe psilocybin, which is the hallucinogenic ingredient found in magic mushrooms. The initiative would make Oregon the first state in the U.S. to legalize magic mushrooms for medical use, similar to how California was the first to legalize medical marijuana back in 1996.

Certification of the initiative’s ballot title gives the group the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures in an attempt to place the measure on the 2020 general election ballot; they will need to gather 140,000 signatures from registered Oregon voters in order to do so.

For more information on OPS and their magic mushroom initiative, click here.

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Former NJ Lt. Governor Opposes Weed Legalization by Comparing it to Sex Work

New Jersey’s Republican former lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno unwittingly made a good case for the legalization of sex work while attempting to trash the state’s proposed recreational cannabis bill.

“If they need revenue that badly let’s legalize a victimless crime and tax it up the wazoo,” she told 101.5 FM host Bill Spadea on Tuesday. “What do I mean by that? Let’s legalize prostitution. It’s better for women because they’ll get good medical care, it will cut out the middleman — if you know what I mean — and it’s between two consenting adults.”

“I know it sounds outrageous,” she continued. “But that’s what it sounds like to legalize pot to me.” Guadagno went on to question the state’s revenue estimates should it legalize recreational marijuana, and capped it all with a dig at the ten US states and federal district who have already made the switch. “Look at the states where it’s already been legalized and ask yourself the question; is this New Jersey?” she pleaded.

Guadagno’s rhetoric could have been a win for sex worker advocates and allies, who have long held that legalization and regulation of the sex trade would make its workers safer. Unfortunately, they were

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New Jersey Legalization Legislation Moves to Floor Debate After Historic Votes

The full New Jersey legislature will take up legalization of adult use of cannabis in the Garden State in the coming weeks after measures passed in two committees in a widely covered joint hearing of the House and Senate on Nov. 26.

While more work needs to be done, advocates took a breather from pondering the challenges ahead and issued upbeat statements. “This was a historic vote,” Kate Bell, general counsel of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) tells Freedom Leaf. “It’s the first time it’s gotten this far in New Jersey.”

In a hearing attending by hundreds of spectators, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee approved S-2703 (sponsored by Sen. Nicholas Scutari) by a 7-2 vote with four abstentions. The Assembly Appropriations Committee cleared A-4497 (sponsored by Assemblywoman Annette Quijano) cleared by a 6-1 vote with two abstentions.

New Jersey appears poised to become the first state legislature to allow retail sales of cannabis to adults.

The measures next go to the full chambers for debate and a vote. Lawmakers meet in their first full session on December 17, but it’s unclear whether the bills will come up for a vote then. Unlike other states, the New Jersey legislature

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Consumers Have Been Finding Bugs in Bud Purchased from the Ontario Cannabis Store

Canada’s nationwide legalization of cannabis was supposed to drive out the unlicensed, unregulated retail market. But in Ontario, cannabis consumers are increasingly turning away from the province’s legal suppliers and returning, some of them quite happily, to their underground sellers. Why? Because the Ontario Cannabis Store, currently the only legal, licensed and regulated retailer in the province, keeps messing up. Since sales began in October, OCS has faced a massive customer privacy breach, misdirected orders and incorrectly labeled products, recalled products for mold and, most recently, sold buds with bugs in them. At least half a dozen cultivation lots have filled OCS orders with bud containing insects. Even more frustrating for consumers, the OCS is so far refusing to recall any pest-contaminated cannabis.

OCS Won’t Recall Cannabis Contaminated with Bugs

News of the bug-contaminated bud spread like wildfire on Reddit. Hundreds of Redditors posted pics and vids of the little guys curled up in the flowers: most dead, some squirming a little, some leaving behind only their burrows. Some buyers, reviewing their haul for their YouTube channels, didn’t discover the bugs until viewers pointed them out in the comments. Others found the bugs right away.

Attempting to warn as many Ontario

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Highlights of Ottawa’s Hemp Expo

CANNABIS CULTURE – Friday was Industry Day at the second annual Ottawa Cannabis and Hemp Expo. Nick Pateras of Growth Lift and Co was the emcee and moderator for the hundred buck a plate lunch. As part of his opening remarks Nick Pateras said, “It’s important for us to be somewhat thoughtful about the world we want to live and integrate in because the onus is on us to manage expectations against performance, for the capital markets and indeed ourselves because this is our first time doing this. And because this is our first time, it’s also going to be our worst attempt as well, with mistakes ahead of us, no lessons behind us from which to learn, no historical data to anchor to.”

“The difference between success and failure, in my mind, is building into our DNA the ability to identify our missteps and the ability to react to them.”

I listened to Trina Fraser of Brazeau Seller Law, Danielle O’Beirne of Auxly Cannabis Group, Adam Miron of Hexo, Rahim Dhalla of Hybrid Pharm, Dr. Sana-Ara Ahmed of Health Boutique, Rory Copestake-Goodall of Aurora, Niel Marotta of Invida and Ming Berube-Sam of MedReleaf as they engaged in lively, often

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Leicester, MA’s Marijuana Dispensary is so Successful, Residents are Getting Angry

Massachusetts’ two legal recreational cannabis dispensaries have continued to attract long lines of customers one week after opening — and some neighbors are at their wit’s end. An emergency meeting was held on Monday night in the 11,000-person Worcester County town of Leicester to discuss how the Cultivate dispensary can better manage the epic crowds of eager cannabis consumers.

“It’s just much busier than we thought, which is great,” Leicester town administrator David Genereux told Channel 7 News Boston. “Certainly, the town benefits and we’re very happy to have Cultivate here.” Town officials told CBS News that they will be implementing additional emergency measures this weekend to keep local traffic navigable.

Last week two dispensaries, Cultivate and Northampton’s New England Treatment Access made history when they became the first Massachusetts retail outlets for recreational marijuana. On that first day, local police estimated that somewhere between 600 and 1,000 Cultivate customers were happy to wait in the winter temperatures to score everything from vape pens to edibles. The business knew it would be popular, even going so far as to set up an auxiliary parking lot, along with a shuttle service that would deposit customers at the newly expanded pot shop.

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Man Helps Drunk Neighbor Home, is Arrested Moments Later for Marijuana Possession

A Maryland man who helped a drunk neighbor home was arrested for marijuana possession and resisting arrest just moments later by police who had been called to help the intoxicated man. Samir Ahmed, 23, was arrested outside his home in Silver Spring, Maryland, on the morning of November 17, according to media reports.

Ahmed wrote in an Instagram post that on that morning he had been waiting outside his home for a Lyft ride when he saw an intoxicated neighbor fall down next to his front yard.

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(((PLEASE SHARE AND TAG)))) On Saturday November,17,2018 at 11:00am I was locked out my house, so I called a Lyft to a friends house. While I was outside I realized that an intoxicated man had just fell down right by my front yard. I asked if he was okay,but he was so drunk he could barely talk. So I lifted him up and took him home. While walking him home I asked why was he drinking so much, so early in the morning. Unfortunately he was grieving the loss of his brother who passed away a few days ago. I knocked on the door and

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