It can be tempting to trace the roots of psychedelic culture back to the plant-eating, headband-wearing hippies of the 1960s, but doing so neglects an extensive and riveting past. Historical accounts tell of smoking hemp seed in Ancient Greece, consuming mushrooms in the Aztec Empire and the Viking cultures of Scandinavia and chewing peyote in Native American societies across the United States.
The first time I did shrooms was with my R.A.. We sat in their room during an idyllic February break, measuring out the grams of psilocybe cubensis mushrooms on a tiny scale. Snow was still on the ground, but there was no need to wear a coat. It was hard to imagine that such a small amount of fungus could change our perception of the waking world.
I liked the taste of it, its earthy mouthfeel reminded me of eating preschool, sandbox dirt. Anticipation rose up in my stomach, preparing for the effects to start kicking in over the next half hour.
Schwab pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to The Ithaca Voice. He was originally charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Records show that police found nearly 20 grams of cocaine in Schwab’s room along with small ziplock bags and a digital scale that officers believe were used in the process of selling the drug, according to the Ithaca Voice.
As we wind down from Spring Break, it seems appropriate to turn a critical eye to that perennial destination for Spring Breakers, Mexico. On March 5, Cornell’s communications office sent out an email alerting us all to the State Department travel alert for Mexico and the continuing violence there. Violence in Mexico has been escalating since the government launched a crackdown on corruption and the drug cartels, even going so far as to order the military into the streets.
Some Collegetown residents on Friday evening witnessed an unusually dramatic scene unfold, as police stormed an apartment in search of drugs.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., the Ithaca SWAT team and Tompkins County Sheriff executed a narcotics-related search warrant at a house on the 200 block of Linden Avenue.
About 10 armed SWAT team members unloaded from a bus, crossed the street in a single file and dispersed around the house. Fully equipped with bullet proof vests and helmets, the team separated, with one member watching each exit.
With guns drawn, roughly five officers gathered at one entrance. After a brief pause, the door blew down with a bang. Several SWAT team members rushed in yelling, “Police!” while one officer guarded the door.
The recent arrests of three local men associated with a cocaine-trafficking ring will make a “significant dent” on the drug trade in Tompkins County, District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson told The Ithaca Journal last Tuesday. Curtis Echols of Rochester, said to be the ring’s leader, along with his sons, Curtis McCool and Darrell L. Bailey, have been charged on about 30 counts of drug trafficking.
According to The Journal, Echols allegedly distributed cocaine to both Bailey and McCool, in addition to Kelly Keefe, an Ithaca resident who was arrested on charges of alleged ties to a cocaine ring two weeks ago.