Anthropology

Is it time… to decriminalize [nature] shrooms and psychedelics?

We’re now in something of a moment for drug decriminalization. [In Mar. 2021], the Washington Supreme Court’s stunning decision in State v. Blake struck down the state law that criminalizes drug possession… That’s where the decriminalization movement comes in. By instructing law enforcement to effectively ignore the law, jurisdictions can indirectly greenlight the therapeutic and personal use [and grow, gather & gifting] of psychedelic drugs.

[In Nov. 2020] Oregon voters approved a measure that reclassifies possession of a controlled substance as a minor violation and steers drug users toward health services rather than punishment. In 2019, Denver became the first U.S. city to decriminalize psilocybin. Since then, at least six more cities — Ann Arbor, Michigan; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Oakland, California; Santa Cruz, California; Somerville, [Cambridge & Northampton] Massachusetts; and Washington, D.C. – have decriminalized a broader array of entheogens. In Washington state, a Spokane group is running an initiative to decriminalize psilocybin.

Original Article (Crosscut):
Is it time for Seattle to decriminalize shrooms and psychedelics?
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