Let’s Strategically Raise the Minimum Wage for All Workers—with Paid Overtime for Farmworkers

In 2016 I authored an article titled “Raise the Minimum Wage Now! With a Smart, Fair, Incremental and Regional Approach,” where I stated with regards to the federal minimum wage (emphasis added) that: When a person working 40 hours a week can’t cover the basic costs of living, there’s something deeply wrong with our economic system.

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Genetic Engineering of Major Crops: the Most Recent Depressing Episode

In May this year, a Research Entomologist with the USDA contacted me and shared this message: I remember your full-page ad in the New Yorker several years ago when you predicted the disaster with dicamba-resistant transgenic soybeans. And guess what, it came true. And more to come: https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/crops/article/2021/04/28/bayers-future-five-way-herbicide He was highlighting that the next Bayer-Monsanto GMO crop in the regulatory pipeline to be approved is now “stacked” with five different herbicide-tolerant traits to deal with the rise of “superweeds” that are increasingly herbicide resistant.

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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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California’s Psychedelic Decrim Bill SB 519 Marches On!

After a rollercoaster ride, Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 519 is through the California Assembly Health Committee with an 8 to 4 vote. In order to make this happen, Senator Wiener’s office advised that we would have to drop ketamine and adopt personal possession limits. There was fundamental disagreement with Decriminalize Nature (DN) on whether it was politically possible to convince the Health Committee to go for no limits.

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West Coast Psychedelic Update

It’s incredible to see all the amazing progress we’re making in psychedelic policy on the West Coast—below are updates on major efforts we’ve been helping organize. In California, we’re marching towards decriminalizing psychedelics with Senator Scott Wiener’s Senate Bill 519. The policy includes both plant medicines and synthetics, sans peyote per the National Council of the Native American Church.

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Sounding the Alarm on Compass’s Interference with Oregon’s Psilocybin Therapy Program

It’s time to publicly call out the for-profit psychedelic pharma company Compass Pathways, for their monopolistic and shady behavior. This Vice article, “Can a Company Patent the Basic Components of Psychedelic Therapy”, details their recent attempts to patent a clinical setting with mood lighting, soft furniture, subdued colors and a good sound system. This was after they tried to patent psilocybin synthesis in a way that would occupy the field and prevent awesome nonprofit drug development companies like Usona and B-more,

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Why Dr. Bronner’s Supports Sun+Earth Certification

Dr. Bronner’s is firmly committed to regenerative organic agriculture—we were instrumental in getting Regenerative Organic Certification launched and are working on sourcing the majority of our ingredients from Regenerative Organic Certified projects. Why are we so fired up about regenerative organic agriculture? Crucially, we know that regenerative organic agriculture builds soil health and sequesters atmospheric carbon,

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Clarifying Our Support of the Decriminalize Nature Movement and Challenges With Its National Leadership

For the reader new to this movement, before reading further, please see my take on how Decriminalize Nature (DN) complements the therapeutic approach in the psychedelic movement, including my complimentary take on where their leadership is personally coming from. Dr. Bronner’s is fully committed to the Decriminalize Nature (DN) movement, but have recently lost faith in its national leadership;

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The Unified Field Theory of Psychedelic Integration and Portugal Style Decriminalization

How non-profit psychedelic drug development harmonizes with efforts to decriminalize plant medicines and legalize psilocybin therapy for all; and how all support broad-based Portugal style decriminalization This article, recently published in the 2020 MAPS Spring Bulletin, discusses key strategies in motion to mainstream access to psychedelic medicine and therapy in the U.S.. To introduce the topic in the context of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the urgent climate change crisis we face,

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