#psilocybin – “It is mind-boggling to consider the idea that few societies – from ancient times to the modern age –  had woken up to the existence and ubiquity of fungi containing psilocybin, a hallucinogen with dozens of varieties which induce ecstasy and may have have antidepressant qualities. Wasson’s article on his experiences in Mexico was published in Life in 1957, and today, amid a mushrooming of consumption of hallucinogenic fungi, there’s debate as to whether we are making more use of them today than ever before.”

https://www.vice.com/en/article/epzx4p/magic-mushrooms-history

#cannabispolitics – Arkansas – “The full name of the proposed amendment is “An Amendment to Authorize the Possession, Personal Use, and Consumption of Cannabis by Adults, to Authorize the Cultivation and Sale of Cannabis by Licensed Commercial Facilities, and to Provide for the Regulation of Those Facilities.”

The Arkansas Secretary of State told the high court on Aug. 30 that the board had correctly and unanimously determined that the ballot title was misleading because it did not tell voters about key changes the proposed law would make to Arkansas’ existing medical marijuana regime…..

In their reply brief, Responsible Growth told the high court that both state officials and the interveners had muddied the waters by introducing irrelevant arguments about how the amendment would affect hemp policy and whether the definition of “adult” in the ballot language was clear.

Responsible Growth also said that the state and interveners had not countered arguments it made in earlier pleadings, alleging that the state law giving the board authority to reject the title was incompatible with the state Constitution’s process for proposed amendments.”

https://www.law360.com/publicpolicy/articles/1527138/cannabis-advocates-ask-ark-justices-to-ok-ballot-question

#cannabis – Oregon – “If adopted, these proposals would dramatically reshape Oregon’s hemp industry and implicate the entire national market, and create new classes of crimes and increased penal sanctions for illegal marijuana production in Oregon that may mark a larger national reversion to war-on-drugs policies and mentalities.

The task force was created in 2021 by Oregon H.B. 3000, which passed with the intent of regulating novel cannabinoids such as delta-8 THC and addressing a theory that bad actors were obtaining hemp licenses as a cover for illegal marijuana production….

Hemp products containing high amounts of total delta-9 THC and other intoxicating cannabinoids are a central concern of the Oregon task force, which is considering: (1) new packaging and licensing regulations, (2) tracking requirements, (3) solutions to curtail sales of intoxicating cannabinoid products to minors, and (4) regulations for the import and export of hemp.”

https://www.law360.com/foodbeverage/articles/1525811/ore-cannabis-proposals-could-dramatically-reshape-industry

#californiacannabis – “Through the proposed regulations, the DCC aims to ensure all licensed laboratories are using the same standardized cannabinoid test method which will ensure consumers receive accurate and consistent information regarding the cannabinoid content of the cannabis and cannabis product they use or consume.

View the notice of modifications to proposed text and modified text of regulations below:

Notice of modifications to proposed text of regulations – standard cannabinoids test method and standardized operating procedures

Modified text of regulations – standard cannabinoids test method and standardized operating procedures”

https://kymkemp.com/2022/09/03/dcc-announces-proposed-changes-in-regulations-for-standardized-cannabinoid-testing/

#californiacannabis – Rohnert Park – “The grand jury found that “significant progress” toward eliminating misconduct has been made in the city’s Department of Public Safety in the wake of the scandal, but that further improvements are needed to enhance oversight and adherence to department regulations, primarily through better oversight by the city manager and City Council….

One section of the report specifically calls out the public safety department for promoting Tatum from officer to sergeant in 2015 and giving him the “Officer of the Year” award for his drug interdiction activities. The year before, Tatum led a probation search that was deemed a violation of the civil rights of the homeowners and cost the city of Rohnert Park a settlement of $145,000.
The reason the officers received kudos for their drug interdiction efforts was because their seizures regularly exceeded the seizures taken in by larger police forces in bigger cities, the jury said.”

https://patch.com/california/rohnertpark-cotati/grand-jury-calls-more-oversight-rohnert-park-public-safety