I begin my second article of 2022 taking stock of who in the psychedelic world has already claimed their piece of history.
A new year marks a turn of a page and in many cases that turn of a page can make a difference for many. In California that change of year now means The Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) is accepting equity fee waivers from businesses that meet certain eligibility standards.
Governor Newsom signed a mammoth 770 new laws in 2021 and although some will not take effect on Day 1 like mandating mental health instruction in schools or requiring gender-neutral toy sections in stores, most will.
All this change in policy can’t seem to happen fast enough because there has been a shift toward recreational drug users taking microdoses of LSD and mushrooms to improve their wellbeing and mental health during the pandemic.
If Christmas is the time of year for good news and miracles then good news is around the corner for cannabis social equity businesses and federal inmates released to home confinement during the pandemic.
New York City took the giant step and did it becoming the first city in the country to open the doors for people who need a safe and non-judgemental supervised consumption site to use their drugs.
The goal of Measure 109 is to make psilocybin, the chemical compound found in magic mushrooms, legal for therapeutic use. This would make Oregon the first state in the country to do this.
So if hiring more police is not the best way to reduce the upward trajectory of crime in the country, what is? The answer lies in strategy and not just flooding the streets (or sidewalks) with more police. And each city has its own unique problems.