The Daily Populous

Friday February 3rd, 2023 evening edition

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Australia has become the first country to recognise psychedelics as medicines, after the Therapeutic Goods Administration took researchers by surprise and approved the psychedelic substances in magic mushrooms and MDMA for use by people with certain mental health conditions.

MDMA and psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, will be considered schedule 8 drugs - meaning they’re approved for controlled use when prescribed by a psychiatrist - from July this year after the TGA acknowledged there were few other options for patients with specific treatment-resistant mental illnesses.

Psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, has been approved for treatment-resistant depression.

The changes will allow MDMA to be used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, and psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression.

They will still be considered prohibited substances - or schedule 9 drugs - for all other usages.

“Prescribing will be limited to psychiatrists, given their specialised qualifications and expertise to diagnose and treat patients with serious mental health conditions,” a TGA statement published on Friday said.

Psychiatrists will also first need to be approved by the TGA’s authorised prescriber scheme. »

Sorry, not sorry: Some 1/6 rioters change tune after apology

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Evans is now calling the Justice Department’s Jan. 6 prosecutions a “miscarriage of justice” and describes himself on twitter as a “J6 Patriot.”.

And because some conservatives hold up Jan. 6 defendants as martyrs, there’s a political and possibly financial incentive for them to change their tune.

It could push judges to impose stronger punishments for rioters who haven’t yet made it to the end of their criminal cases. »

Back 4 Blood won't get new content as its developers focus on making next game

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Developers Turtle Rock say that River Of Blood, the expansion which launched in December 2022, was it's last as they're now working on a new game.

We don’t have quite enough folks to continue working on Back 4 Blood content while we spin up another game – yes, another game!

River Of Blood was the last of a trio expansions that Back 4 Blood received since it launched in October 2021. »

Germany to send 88 Leopard I tanks to Ukraine

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After weeks of intense pressure from its partners, Germany announced last week it would approve the delivery of about 80 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine | Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images.

The move further signals a reversal of Berlin’s policy on tanks for Ukraine, nine days after the chancellery announced it would send one company of Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv as part of a European coalition.

Since the tanks are German-made, other countries or private companies willing to send them to Ukraine needed the German government’s approval. »