Setting the Record Straight on the Natural Medicines Health Act, New Approach, and PSFC

Recently leadership at SPORE posted a misleading statement regarding the Natural Medicines Health Act, following up the inaccurate op-ed that SPORE co-Executive Director Matthew Duffy wrote for the Denver Post (read my colleague Sean McAllister’s response to that op-ed). According to SPORE’s narrative, the New Approach PAC swooped in uninvited by any pre-existing in-state coalition in order to set up a regulated access program to financially line the pockets of wealthy donors involved in the Psychedelic Science Funders Collaborative,

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Ketamine-Assisted Therapy, A Light In The Dark

It was a sunny SoCal day in December at the Dr. Bronner’s parking lot. As a new hire, it was my first employee Holiday Celebration. The meeting was full of hearty and healthy foods, decadent Spiced Magic Hot Chocolate,and lively chatter. During the customary end-of-year presentations, President Mike Bronner announced a new mental health benefit: Ketamine-Assisted Therapy.

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Responding to the Anti-Semitic Bigotry and Anti-Indigenous Colonialism of Decriminalize Nature’s Leadership

Recently a colleague forwarded a graphic that Decriminalize Nature’s leadership was spreading around listservs. This latest defamation campaign targets myself and River Styx co-directors Miriam Volat and Cody Swift using anti-semitic imagery and tropes as well as flat out lies and misinformation about us (you can view the graphic here). The yellow stars in the images,

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You Shop, We Give! Support Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Plant Medicines!

Did you know? Dr. Bronner’s webstore customers can direct 10% of their purchase amount to organizations advancing psychedelic-assisted therapies and plant medicines. A growing body of medical research demonstrates the efficacy of these therapies and medicines to provide safe and lasting relief for those suffering from difficult to treat ailments like PTSD and major depressive disorder.

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On Entheogenic Practitioner Duties and Privileges under Oregon’s 109 Program

Below is my formal comment I submitted to the OHA.  Please email publichealth.rules@dhsoha.state.or.us to submit your own written comment by 5:00 p.m. PDT on April 21, and if you can, also sign up to make direct verbal comments on April 18 and 21.  Also, please click this link to join an event the Portland Psychedelics Society is hosting at 6:00 p.m.

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Natural Medicine Colorado: Combining Regulated and Community Healing Models

I’ve been waiting for the dust to settle to publish this blog regarding the Natural Medicine Health Act (NMHA), the ballot measure filed by Natural Medicine Colorado.¹ I see what the NMHA does as one seamless policy: making natural medicines—psychedelic plant and fungal medicines containing psilocybin, DMT, ibogaine or mescaline (excepting peyote)—available to all adult Coloradans in two powerful healing modalities: via a regulated access model in a therapeutic context;

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Dr. Bronner’s to Provide Psychedelic-Therapy as Employee Healthcare Benefit

First Ever Partnership between Health Plan Administrator and Leading U.S. Company to Offer Employee Coverage for Ketamine-Assisted Therapy to Promote Mental Health Dr. Bronner’s has expanded its mental healthcare benefits to include ketamine-assisted therapy, as a first step in providing access to psychedelic-assisted therapy to employees to promote mental health. This innovative benefit plan is administered by Enthea,

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Keeping What’s Sacred, Sacred Through Unity

Help preserve sacred Peyote medicine and strengthen the Indigenous sovereignty of traditional medicine keepers—contribute to IPCI’s crowdfunding campaign today! Proceeds will help build the Peyote Nursery & Welcome Center, lease land from ranchers to reconnect Indigenous communities with spiritual and sustainable harvest of the Medicine, and fund Indigenous pilgrimages to the Peyote gardens to deepen their relationship to the Medicine through educational programming.

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Corrections to Misinformation Being Spread about MAPS and IPCI

I’m writing in my capacity as a board member of MAPS and supporter of the Indigenous Peyote Conservation Initiative (as well as Decriminalize Denver, Decriminalize Nature DC, DN Seattle, Measures 109, 110 and the Plant Medicine Healing Alliance in Oregon).  Decriminalize Nature (DN) leadership is engaging in the same conspiracy smear campaign against MAPS over personal possession limits in SB519,

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Towards a More Rational and Compassionate Drug Policy

I began this blog on my return from going deep with ibogaine with my friends at Iboga Quest in Tepotzlan, Mexico. What incredible medicine, especially for folks in the throes of opiate addiction. Ibogaine interrupts withdrawal and resets the dopamine system, while precipitating an intense “life review” psychedelic experience, giving insights into behavior, thought patterns, and underlying traumas.

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