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Today β€” 22 October 2021Main stream

Lev Parnas, Ex-Giuliani Ally, Is Convicted of Campaign Finance Charges

22 October 2021 at 14:57
A federal jury found that Mr. Parnas and a second man funneled a Russian tycoon’s money to U.S. candidates to win favorable treatment for a marijuana business.

Lev Parnas, left, and his lawyer, Joseph Bondy, left the courthouse in Manhattan on Thursday a day before jurors began their deliberations.

David Amess: Southend holds silence to mark one week since murder

22 October 2021 at 14:18

β€˜He was just a man of Southend’ locals tells Thomas Kingsley as they pause to remember much-loved MP

Food banks see demand soar in wake of β€˜nightmare’ universal credit cut

22 October 2021 at 11:48

Exclusive: 45 per cent of food banks preparing to cut food parcels or turn people away because of supply problems and rising demand as charity warns: β€˜It’s dire out there’

Boris Johnson used Β£2.6m Downing Street briefing room to watch new James Bond film

22 October 2021 at 11:04

No 10 admits that β€˜No Time to Die’ was screened for prime minister and staff, after criticism of cost of refit

Boris Johnson Open to Consider Legalizing Psilocybin Therapy in UK

22 October 2021 at 10:43

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is open to the idea of legalizing psilocybin for therapeutic purposes in the UK, according to a recent conversation. By downgrading psilocybin’s classification to Schedule 2, the mushroom would be available for medical use and research.

BBC News reports that Tory MP (Member of Parliament) Crispin Blunt urged Johnson to review the country’s law to allow more research into the psilocybin’s potential as a therapeutic during Prime Minister’s Questions. Blunt said it has β€œexciting potential” for the treatment of mental health conditions such as depression, trauma and addiction.

Under current law, psilocybin is currently listed under Schedule 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, sharing the category with drugs such as LSD, DMT, MDMA and mescalineβ€”in a similar manner to the way it is classified in the United States. Most people in the UK cannot legally possess psilocybin, unless a Home Office license is used in research.

Advocates hope to move psilocybin to Schedule 2 with restrictions to prevent false prescriptions and to promote medical and scientific research.

Blunt pressed the prime minister to allow psilocybin to be reclassified. β€œI can say that we will consider the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs recent advice on reducing barriers to research with controlled drugs such as the one he describes, and we will be getting back to him as soon as possible,” Johnson said in response to Blunt’s question.

β€œThere is no record anywhere that a substance that has come out of β€˜schedule two’ and gone into the criminal supply chain,” Johnson told BBC News.

It’s not the first time Blunt has called to reclassify psilocybin. Blunt is also the president of the Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group, a policy forum which promotes informed debate on drug policy reform.Β  Last month, Blunt said, β€œThis delay is significant. In the 110 days since the prime minister gave his go-ahead, nearly 2,000 people have taken their own lives, most of them probably avoidable when this research is translated into treatment.”

Policing minister Kit Malthouse told MPs on October 18 that although he liked the idea of battling mental illnessβ€”the scheduling of psilocybin was a responsibility for the drug regulation agency.

β€œThere are ongoing trials and research into psilocybin taking place in the UK and while the medicine has yet to be licenced by the medicines and healthcare products regulatory agency, if and when it is, we will consider rescheduling it,” he said.

Psilocybin as a Therapeutic Medicine

Ongoing clinical research shows that psilocybin, combined with conventional therapies, can help to treat people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The substance is also being explored as therapy for depression and end-of-life treatment, among other mental conditions.

City and statewide efforts to decriminalize psilocybin use have spread throughout the United States, including measures in Denver, Colorado and other cities. California cities such as Oakland and Santa Cruz took things further, decriminalizing other psychedelic substances.Β 

In November 2020, Oregon voters approved Measure 109, which will allow the use of the psilocybin in regulated facilities. However, the program won’t be operational until 2023, and there’s a lot to be sorted out. Oregon’s Psilocybin Advisory Board is currently learning about the safety and efficacy of psilocybin in treating a variety of mental health conditions.Β 

Last year, Canada announced that four patients who have been diagnosed with terminal cancer will receive therapy from psilocybin. It came as a response to a plea from patients with the government. Finally, the plea for medicine was approved by Patty Hajdu, who serves as minister of health in Canada. It was the first exception to the rule for psychedelic treatment since 1974.Β 

The post Boris Johnson Open to Consider Legalizing Psilocybin Therapy in UK appeared first on High Times.

UK flouting UN treaty by making legal action to protect environment β€˜prohibitively expensive’

22 October 2021 at 10:31

Campaigners say the ruling over the Aarhus Convention shows that the government is β€˜not serious about holding itself to a high standard’

Police arrest man at airport over Manchester Arena bombing

22 October 2021 at 10:01

Suspect, 24, arrested on suspicion of assisting preparations for 2017 terror attack

Boris Johnson sends Queen β€˜best wishes’ as she continues resting at home

22 October 2021 at 09:44

Monarch is back at her desk performing light duties, palace says

Migrant NHS workers must be given right to remain ahead of β€˜looming winter crisis’, MPs say

22 October 2021 at 08:52

Exclusive: Cross-party MPs back Liberal Democrat bill to give foreign health and social care staff the right to stay in the UK

Teach British children about country’s slave trade history, public say

22 October 2021 at 08:34

Exclusive: Survey finds two-thirds of people support classroom lessons amid calls for curriculum to be β€˜deconolonised’

Boris Johnson refuses to commit to wearing mask in Parliament

22 October 2021 at 08:02

PM also insists β€˜absolutely nothing to indicate’ another winter lockdown

Man jailed for carrying out random stabbings on members of the public

22 October 2021 at 07:02

Evans Innocent randomly attacked a woman on her way to work, stabbing her in the head, neck and shoulder four times

Covid: More than a million people may be infected in England

22 October 2021 at 06:00

Infections rose in many regions - and were even higher in Wales

Schoolgirl, 11, β€˜seriously injured’ after being hit in suspected drink driving incident

22 October 2021 at 05:17

Police have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving

David Amess: MPs to be offered β€˜trained and accredited’ guards at constituency surgeries

22 October 2021 at 03:52

β€˜Choice of whether or not to hold a physical surgery is an entirely personal one based on our individual situations,’ letter to MPs says

Murder investigation launched after man found stabbed to death in Woolwich

22 October 2021 at 03:42

A murder investigation has been launched after a man in his twenties was found stabbed to death in Woolwich, The Metropolitan Police have said.

Shocking moment woman is left β€˜paralysed’ after being spiked on a night out

22 October 2021 at 03:33

University student, Ilana El-baz, has called on clubs to do more to prevent incidents of spiking

Rishi Sunak’s plan to cut billions more from overseas aid attacked by government advisers

22 October 2021 at 03:32

β€˜Friends of COP’ panel warn UK will not be seen as β€˜trusted partner’ by developing countries - as Chancellor eyes β€˜accounting tricks’

Farmer crushed to death while moving half-ton Aga cooker

22 October 2021 at 02:45

Inquest hears how Anthony Rees defied wife’s calls to wait for son to help as he wanted to β€˜get job done’

Six-month wait between second Covid dose and booster shot β€˜sweet spot’, says JCVI deputy chair

22 October 2021 at 02:21

β€˜Whether it’s five months or whether it’s seven months isn’t so important, but I think what is important is that people get their booster dose,’ says JCVI

Minister says Covid deaths β€˜very low’ and defends not implementing plan B measures

22 October 2021 at 02:03

Health minister says focus should be on booster jab rollout and anti-viral treatment

Yesterday β€” 21 October 2021Main stream

Queen spends night in hospital after cancelling Northern Ireland trip

21 October 2021 at 19:06

95-year-old is back at Windsor and said to be in β€˜good spirits’

Pride in London responds to calls for inquiry following racism allegations

21 October 2021 at 18:21

Exclusive: Activists demand intervention from mayor over practices within Pride in London

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