Comment on Placement of 2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodoamphetamine and 2,5-dimethoxy-4-chloroamphetamine in Schedule I

December 18, 2023
law, politics, psychedelics

Drug regulation should not be a criminal matter, but addressed by health care providers. I urge the DEA to drop this attempt to schedule more substances. Personal Liberty: At the heart of the decriminalization movement lies the principle of individual autonomy. Adults should have the right to choose what they put into their own bodies, as long as their actions don’t harm others. Criminalizing personal drug use infringes on this fundamental freedom, treating individuals as criminals for making private choices. ...

On Body Positivity

November 21, 2023
internal family systems, nutrition

What is the debate? 🥊 # According to epidemiological studies,1 the threshold for BMI is 20–21 kg m-2. 💥 yet 💥 We envision a world where BMI does not exist, and is not replaced with another size-based, anti-fat measure of health.2 What is the impulse behind movements like Health At Every Size2 and Intuitive Eating3? Shape of the motivating story 🎭 # Suppose I have depression 😟. The only thing that fills that void in my heart is ice cream 🍨. ...

Jackson County Commissioners: Does Measure 110 have any benefits?

October 11, 2023
criminal justice

I submitted more testimony in reference to the letter CALL FOR THE REPEAL OF THE PROVISIONS ENACTED PURSUANT TO OREGON BALLOT MEASURE 110 (2020) order 192-23.1 Specifically, I read from Eight Moms, One House, and a Road Map Out of Drug Addiction. Also see my testimony from Aug 2023 and last week. Commissioners Proclaim Jackson County’s Call for the Repeal of the Provisions Enacted Pursuant to Oregon Ballot Measure 110 (2020) https://jacksoncountyor. ...

Jackson County Commissioners: Rescind Letter Calling for Repeal of Measure 110

October 4, 2023
criminal justice

On Sep 27, Oregon Public Broadcasting published an article, “Study says drug decriminalization in Oregon did not cause more overdose deaths”1 Three years after Oregon voters elected to decriminalize drugs, a new study has concluded that the first-in-the-nation law has not led to increased drug use or drug overdoses. The conclusion counters an increasingly common narrative that Oregon’s drug problem is unique in the country — and that decriminalization is to blame. ...

Why I loath the Southeastern United States

September 10, 2023
politics, book

I spent about a decade in the Southeast. I lived in Charlottesville, VA from 2011 to 2017 and in Richmond, VA from 2017 to 2021. Although I identify as one of the most privileged demographics, a white heterosexual man, I suffered from the racism of the Southeast. There is a subtle vibe of cruelty that taints everything from wealthy suburbs to the decaying downtown. I am so glad to leave that place. ...

Universal Basic Income

August 20, 2023

Universal basic income (UBI) is a social and economic policy concept that entails providing all residents of a country with a regular and unconditional financial payment from the government. This payment is designed to cover essential living expenses and ensure a basic standard of living, irrespective of a person’s employment status or income level. The primary aim of UBI is to alleviate poverty, reduce inequality, and provide a safety net in the face of technological advancements that might disrupt traditional job markets. ...

Response to Jackson County Commissioners Call for the Repeal of Measure 110

August 13, 2023
criminal justice

Response to letter dated 09 Aug 2023 by Jackson County Commissioners CALL FOR THE REPEAL OF THE PROVISIONS ENACTED PURSUANT TO OREGON BALLOT MEASURE 110 (2020) order 192-23.1 “Since Measure 110 was passed, there has been a dramatic increase in overdose deaths in Oregon. In 2020, there were 585 overdose deaths. In 2021, that number increased to 917.” It is too early to evaluate the effect of Measure 110 on overdose deaths. ...

Psychedelic use by facilitators

May 3, 2023
psychedelics, therapy

Abstract: The use of psychedelics in therapy may benefit both the client and the facilitator, and there is a debate about whether facilitators should have personal experience with the substance. While some traditions expect the facilitator to partake in the same dose as the participants, modern medicine expects the facilitator to remain sober. Facilitator sobriety is important to attend to the risks associated with psychedelic use, while communal use of the substance may increase empathy and compassion. ...