Decriminalizing psychedelic drugs? It could happen in Oakland

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) — An initiative to decriminalize psychedelic drugs in Oakland is moving closer to becoming a reality. If passed, it would become the first of its kind in the country.

Next week, Oakland City Council’s Public Safety Committee will host a hearing to discuss the resolution to Decriminalize Entheogenic Plants. At this hearing, the committee will decided whether or not to advance this item to the council for a final vote.

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New avenues for developing medications to treat addiction — ScienceDaily

Scientists used a compound found in a shrub native to Africa to reveal the three major shapes of the serotonin transporter, a protein in the brain linked to anxiety and depression.

Using cryo-electron microscopy, the scientists examined the protein binding to ibogaine, an alkaloid that alters brain function and occurs naturally in the shrub iboga. Using ibogaine, researchers reveal the structure of the serotonin transporter in its outward-open, closed and inward-open ...

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