• Should Vermont decriminalize some hallucinogenic drugs?

    Should Vermont decriminalize some hallucinogenic drugs?0

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    MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Some Vermont lawmakers have high hopes about passing a bill that would decriminalize some hallucinogenic drugs, but others are skeptical of the drugs’ medicinal purposes.

    Our Dom Amato spoke with the bill’s sponsor and Vermonters who had mixed reactions.

    The bill proposes decriminalizing psilocybin, the psychoactive substance in “magic mushrooms,” as well as other plant-based hallucinogens like peyote, kratom and ayahuasca.

    Medical professionals have concerns about the drugs and most of them are illegal in Vermont.

    But Rep. Brian Cina says they hold a higher meaning and purpose than just being drugs.

    “The government shouldn’t be criminalizing a plant that was created for us to use to heal ourselves,” said Cina, P/D-Burlington.… Continue reading.

  • Psychoactive substance exposures driving up calls to poison control centers: study

    Psychoactive substance exposures driving up calls to poison control centers: study0

    Columbus, OH — With more states legalizing marijuana for recreational use, the drug – along with other natural psychoactive substances – has caused a 74% increase in exposures since 2000, leading to approximately 10 calls a day to poison control centers.

    Using the National Poison Data System, researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center studied more than 67,300 calls to poison control centers made between 2000 and 2017.

    The overall rate of exposures to all-natural psychoactive substances rose to 30.7 per 1 million people in 2017 from 17.6 in 2000.… Continue reading.

  • Somsak: Medical kratom to be legal soon

    Somsak: Medical kratom to be legal soon0

    Kratom will likely be taken off the national narcotics drug list in June this year, in a move to unlock its medical and economic benefits.

    The plant, known scientifically as Mitragyna speciosa, has long been used as a traditional medicine to treat pain, fever, dysentery and diarrhoea. But after it was categorised as a Type-5 narcotic 78 years ago, the government has spent millions of baht prosecuting people found possessing it or trading in it.

    Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin is pushing ahead with its reclassification in the narcotics bill, even giving the precise date when he expects the bill to sail through parliament.… Continue reading.