[An entheogenic, ethnobotanical, and] psychedelic decriminalization playbook…
So what was the magic exactly? I feel like there were two or three poles of magic that came together in Oakland. I first want to give credit to the magic of the plants [and fungi] themselves.
For me, the decriminalization effort was a meditative practice. I was feeling the need to create conditions so that I could be honest with the elders of my community. I knew that we had no cause for shame, and was feeling a strong need for safety. We wanted to be safe, and honest, and to be able to quietly engage sacred practice for healing and insight without unnecessary risk or fear. I’m sincerely asking that initiatives that move towards regulation—whether for clinical access, or access through dispensaries or whatever commodification models they come up with… do not restrict our right to practice freely in a personal or institutional religious context by requiring that our sacraments move through a commodity framework; [nor disrupt human rights] to engage in our practice without it being dominated or controlled by neo-colonial economic regulatory and economic forces.
Original Article (Psychedelic Times):
The psychedelic decriminalization playbook…
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