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Ayahuasca: Pharmacology, neuroscience and therapeutic potential

Andrea Langlois image6 m read - 25.12.2018

SPAIN (Ayahuasca) – There has been a new ayahuasca legal incident in Spain involving a foreign citizen who traveled with ayahuasca from Brazil to Europe, transiting though the Madrid airport. After three months of waiting for a decision, the defendant was informed that the judge decided not to prosecute and was permitted to return home.

SPAIN (Coca) – A legal process is underway in Barcelona involving a Bolivian national currently living in Spain who was been charged with trafficking for bringing coca leaf for personal use (by means of chewing) from his home country. The trial is scheduled for the end of January 2018.

Russian drug laws are very punitive, plants containing psychoactive compounds are considered illegal, and the laws do not take cultural factors into consideration.

RUSSIA – A case involving a Russian-Peruvian has been brought to our attention. The individual is being prosecuted for drug “commercialization” and “contraband” with regards to ayahuasca, coca leaf powder, and San Pedro powder.

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CHILE – Two ayahuasca related cases are ongoing in this country. The hearing for the case involving two Shipibo people from Peru will take place in March. No date has been announced for the second case, which also involves a Peruvian citizen.

ISRAEL – Three people were arrested in Israel with regards to a shipment of ayahuasca, one of them a young shaman from Colombia. The charges and procedural situations are different for each person. The number of incidents in Israel in recent years is concerning.

SOUTH AFRICA – The case 72-year-old woman who was arrested for

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hosting mushroom ceremonies in 2016 will be heard this year in the Western Cape High Court. The defendant’s legal team will present a body of evidence to show that psilocybin mushrooms are not dangerous or addictive, and that they have untapped therapeutic and spiritual potential. On that basis, they’ll then argue that South African laws, which ban this substance, are unconstitutional, because they deny South Africans access to this substance.

ITALY – A recent arrest was reported in the Italian media. This is the second recent incident in Italy.

Categories: Ayahuasca , PSYCHEPLANTS
Tags: Israel , South Africa Netherlands , Legal Defense

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