Erowid Monthly
Fabulous Solstmas to all of you! We hope everyone is getting to spend a few days doing something fun, or exciting, or relaxing, depending on what you need.

We've been spending some time this season trying to figure out Erowid's path forward. With the death of a major funder in October, we are faced with significant funding challenges in 2012. We'll be writing more about this in January, but for now... if you have space for end-of-year charitable giving, we need your help.
In History... 400 Years Ago
Drunkenness Criminalized: In 1606, the British Parliament passed "The Act to Repress the Odious and Loathsome Sin of Drunkenness". Requiring those convicted to pay their fines to the local church parish, the Act begins: "Whereas the loathsome and odious Sin of Drunkenness is of late grown into common Use within this Realm, being the Root and Foundation of many other enormous Sins, as Bloodshed, Stabbing, Murder, Swearing, Fornication, Adultery, and such like..."
Fred Tomaselli Lecture & Exhibition
(Jan 11 & Jan 12-Mar 18, 2012) Davis, California

Visionary Artist Fred Tomaselli will be speaking about his works on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, 6-9 pm.

Terence McKenna: Beyond 2012
(Jan 28, 2012) Sierra Madre, California

A one-day seminar celebrating the life and ideas of Terence McKenna.
Latest Additions
Following up on last year's Peyote in the Wilds of Texas, Keeper Trout and Burnt Norton examine methods for carefully harvesting the crowns of Lophophora williamsii, with an eye toward sustaining native plant populations.
Given how much power the reaction of a drug dog and its handler's interpretations can have, it is striking how few studies have looked at their abilities and accuracy. Earth Erowid discusses research into drug dog practices and implications for the U.S. Fourth Amendment.
The fourth issue of Erowid's digital edition of the Psychozoic Press deals with psychedelic sacraments and traditional churches, drug consumption and the fine arts, psychedelics and creativity, cannabis cultivation, San Pedro cactus, and more.
Crew Notes
This month Earth and Fire spent three weeks traveling in Australia, starting near Melbourne and the Entheogenesis Australis (EGA) event, then spending time in Sydney and northern New South Wales. We'll be writing more about our trip in the future, but for now, we wanted to say how incredibly well-produced the EGA event was. We were greeted warmly, treated wonderfully, and introduced to a broad community of articulate, inspired artists, scientists, botanists, tech workers, farmers, students, and explorers of all sorts.

Meanwhile, Sylvia and Jon joined MAPS at its Oakland, California conference. They appreciated getting to meet Erowid supporters and members as well as hosting a meet-and-greet book signing with Sasha and Ann Shulgin at the Erowid table.
From the Vaults
While Japan is known for having a hardline stance toward illegal psychoactives, including cannabis, it was paradoxically one of the earliest countries to feature a research chemical market.
More New Content
  1. UNODC Global Smart Update - October 2011
    Latest United Nations report describing emerging trends in drug trafficking and use around the world.
Ecstasy Data
EcstasyData is a project of Erowid Center that conducts laboratory testing of street Ecstasy tablets and publishes these and other test results online.
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