Legislators, Advocates Grapple with Bill Decriminalizing Psychedelics  

SB 58 was authored by Sen. Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) and co-authored by several leaders of the California Black Legislative Caucus (CLBC). It aims to decriminalize the possession and personal use of plant and fungus-based psychedelics such as psilocybin, psilocyn, dimethyltryptamine (“DMT”), mescaline, and ibogaine – drugs that can cause temporary changes in consciousness and perception.

Why can’t South L.A. be 100% employed?

A trusted advisor once told me, “Never reach over a dollar to pick up a dime.” It’s a metaphor I’ve lived by as a social entrepreneur and president and CEO of talent development accelerator LeadersUp for the last five years. It reminds me not to play small if I want to make transformative impact, which leads me to ask: Why can’t South L.A. be 100 percent employed?

California releases plan to use 1 drug in executions

California proposed on Friday November 6, to allow corrections officials to choose one of four types of barbiturates to execute prisoners on death row depending on what’s available, as states deal with a nationwide shortage of execution drugs. The single drug would replace the series of three drugs that were last used when Clarence Ray Allen was executed in 2006, strapped to a gurney in what once was the gas chamber at San Quentin State Prison. Eight states already have used a single anesthetic drug for executions, and five others have announced plans to switch to the method, according to

Lamar Odom Recovers from Overdose

  After being in a hospital in Pahrump, Nevada for almost a week, the two-time NBA Champion and former Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom is scheduled to be transported to a Los Angeles hospital via medical helicopter, according to ESPN. He had regained consciousness on Friday, according to CBS Sports. Odom’s health has made an improvement since being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel on Oct. 13, according to CBS Sports. Odom was found in bed with “pinkish fluid coming from his mouth and nose,” according to CNN. He went from having a “50/50 chance of survival” on

Drug inmates with long rap sheets among those freed early

In this Sept. 16, 2015, photo, Kenneth Evans holds a composite of photographs of his son Tuan Evans, as he poses for a photograph at his home in Temple Hills, Md. Drug criminals once described by prosecutors as unrepentant repeat offenders are among those poised to benefit from new sentencing guidelines that are shrinking punishments for thousands of federal prisoners, according to an Associated Press review of court records. Tuan Evans is scheduled for early release from prison, the result of new sentencing guideline ranges that trim punishment lengths for convicted drug criminals. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) A push to overhaul