Psychologist and professor Monnica Williams, on the left with a patient, is advocating for psychedelics in therapy to heal racial trauma. Right: Psilocybin mushrooms sit on a drying rack in the Uptown Fungus lab in Springfield, Ore.
(Left: Monnica Williams | Right: AP/Craig Mitchelldyer)
Clinical psychologist and professor Monnica Williams is on a mission to bring psychedelics to therapists’ offices to help people heal from their racial traumas. To do this, she’s jumping over some big hurdles.
In 2014, US Coast Guard vessels seized four tons of cocaine and other drugs in what was then considered a “big” bust. Seizures have continued to climb, only to be outstripped by production.
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Drug seizures are on the rise, but so too are production, consumption, trafficking and violence. The current drug control regime is showing its limits, yet the changes needed require consensus.
Mexican soldiers stand guard near during the arrest of Joaquin Ovidio Guzman in Culiacan, Mexico, in January 2023.
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Mexico’s crime epidemic continues to worsen, as poverty and inequality also grow in the country.
South Africa’s governing ANC has continued the anti-cannabis repression inherited from apartheid.
A 1971 law, and the parallel growth of an illegal economy, shaped South Africa’s unique cannabis landscape.
B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson holds a copy of exemption documents that enable British Columbia to decriminalize possession of small amounts of ‘hard’ drugs for personal use. B.C.’s bold experiment will be closely watched as a comparator with other progressive jurisdictions.
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British Columbia’s bold experiment provides an opportunity to implement more balance in Canadian drug policy, and a more principled withdrawal from the war on drugs.
Minneapolis police force entry moments before shooting Amir Locke.
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The death of a 22-year-old man in a ‘no-knock’ raid in Minneapolis has sparked fresh concern over the associated risk to the public and police alike.
Here’s what the Australian Federal Police’s new campaign gets wrong.
Michael K Williams as Omar Little in The Wire.
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The Wire was a Greek tragedy, a novel and a bingeworthy social commentary.
Stripped of benefits, some former prisoners are forced to rely on charity.
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Formerly incarcerated Americans face food insecurity rates double that of the general population. A 1996 law that prohibits drug felons from getting crucial benefits may be partially to blame.
Death in Rio: security forces patrol the Jacarezinho favela the day after 25 people were killed in a drugs operation on May 6 2021.
Attempts to wage war on drugs in developing countries which don’t take into account the needs of local people are doomed to fail. Here’s why.
Activists wave flags in front of the U.S. Capitol to demand that Congress pass cannabis reform legislation on Oct. 8, 2019.
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A cannabis decriminalization bill approved by the House is a sign from Congress that sentiment around the drug is evolving, but it misses a chance to regulate marijuana for the good of all Americans.
According to Oregon law, possessing a small amount of drugs for personal consumption is now a civil – rather than criminal – offense.
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Possessing heroin, cocaine, meth and other drugs for personal use is no longer a criminal offense in Oregon. The idea is to get people with problem drug use help, not punishment.
A T-shirt worn by a cannabis advocate during a court hearing on the legality of the plant in South Africa.
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Policy makers need to protect and promote the interests of people whose indigenous knowledge and toil developed a thriving national cannabis economy - in the face of harsh police crackdowns.
In this July 2020 photo, a woman is comforted in her home during a wake for her son who was killed along with at least 26 others in an attack by drug cartels on a drug rehabilitation centre where he was being treated in Irapuato, Mexico.
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The American public should understand that the United States has played a critical role in creating and fuelling violence in Latin America via its unsuccessful war on drugs.
Demonstrators protest demanding the resignation of the country’s interim president Jeanine Añez in El Alto, Bolivia, August 14 2020.
Bolivia’s drug control strategy was once internationally applauded.
‘ZeroZeroZero’ is a drama based on truth that shows a clear picture of the modern cocaine trade.
The federal government’s fight against cocaine distribution wrongly assumes that it’s all destined for the US.
Black Lives Matters murals on boarded-up businesses in New York City.
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What will it take to change a brutal and militaristic style of policing in America? Political will.
Drying coca, Chapare, Bolivia
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Production of coca leaf, the raw material in cocaine, is surging in Peru despite 40 years of forced eradication designed to convince farmers to abandon it. Bolivia shows a better way forward.
Colombia is the world’s second-biggest cut flower exporter.
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A program intended to reduce coca production ended up giving two Latin American countries a big boost to their flower power.
A back alley in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a high-risk COVID-19 area due to the fact the vulnerable populations converge there, is pictured in January 2020.
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Drug users are already among the most marginalized and stigmatized populations in times without a pandemic. Unless we decriminalize drug use, once again they will bear the brunt of another deadly disease.