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Seattle's City Council voted unanimously on Monday to decriminalize psilocybin and other naturally occurring psychedelics, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: The city's move comes amid a broader discussion regarding the medical application of psychedelic drugs and their potential applications for treating a range of mental and behavioral health disorders.

  • Past studies have indicated psychedelics can be safely administered in combination with other therapies and that treatment may alleviate depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and substance use disorders, Axios' Alison Synder writes.
  • Other cities such as Denver and Ann Arbor, Michigan, have enacted similar policies to decriminalize psilocybin, per Bloomberg.

Details: The City Council passed the measure that makes "the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of anyone engaging in entheogen-related activities should be among The City of Seattle’s lowest law enforcement priorities," the resolution reads.

  • The city council also said they will pursue changes to the municipal code.

What they're saying: "A community conversation intended to reconcile government policy with emerging medical research regarding potential benefits of psychedelics is already well underway," Councilmember Andrew Lewis said in a statement.

  • "In a medically appropriate and supervised environment, people who have experienced severe trauma could benefit from these substances. We need to join the national conversation," he added.

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Denver voters will weigh whether to lower and cap sales taxes

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Denver voters are familiar with ballot questions that ask for tax increases.

Driving the news: This year's ballot asks the opposite.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

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A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.

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Top general: China's hypersonic missile test "very close" to a "Sputnik moment"

Gen. Mark Milley. Photo: Rod Lamkey-Pool/Getty Images

Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Wednesday that China's test of a hypersonic missile is "very concerning" and "very close" to the kind of "Sputnik moment" that triggered the Space Race during the Cold War.

Why it matters: The comments by America's top uniformed general underscore the depths of U.S. concerns about China's rapid military expansion and development of advanced weaponry.