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…[a particular] movement to decriminalize drugs

“I preferred to just go for psychedelics,” says one member, journalist-turned-campaigner Eric Swenson, “to have a sure win rather than a probable loss through overreach.” Recovered addict Youngs opposes “laissez-faire decriminalization of all hard drugs. Trafficking groups will hide under that cover.” Seattle is preparing to step up to the vanguard of drug-war reform. At their meeting,…

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Santa Cruz… considers decriminalizing psychedelics

If approved, that would mean the City Council “supports the possession, use, and/or cultivation of entheogenic psychoactive plants and fungi for personal adult use and clinical research and psychoactive practices, and declares that the investigation and arrest of individuals involved with the adult possession, use, or cultivation of entheogenic psychoactive plants and fungi listed on…

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Psilocybin decriminalization initiative 2020 [second draft]

This [proposed] Act advances cognitive liberty and implements a comprehensive, statewide scheme authorizing and regulating the cultivation, processing and distribution of Psilocybin Mushrooms and the chemical compounds contained therein for personal, spiritual, religious, dietary, therapeutic, and medical use. Personal Protections. It shall be lawful and not a violation of California law for an adult: (a)…

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Four more major cities take steps to decriminalize [natural] pychedelics

The psychedelics reform movement is quietly advancing throughout the country, with four more major cities poised to take up proposals to decriminalize [entheogens] such as psilocybin mushrooms. Advocates in Chicago, Berkeley, Portland, and Dallas are pushing decriminalization measures—either through City Council action or ballot measures. Original Article (Marijuana Moment):Four more major cities take steps to…

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Four major cities take steps to decriminalize [natural entheogens/ethnobotanicals] psychedelics

The psychedelics reform movement is quietly advancing throughout the country, with four more major cities poised to take up proposals to decriminalize [entheogens] such as psilocybin mushrooms. Advocates in Chicago, Berkeley, Portland, and Dallas are pushing decriminalization measures—either through City Council action or ballot measures. Original Article (Marijuana Moment):Four more major cities take steps to…

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Chicago city council calls for decriminalization of [entheogenic] mushrooms

On Oct. 16, the Chicago City Council unanimously passed a resolution expressing support for advancing the conversation around… [entheogens]. The resolution… pledges support for adult use. The most commonly recognizable are psilocybin-containing fungi, commonly referred to as “magic mushrooms.” Original Article (Illinoispolicy.org):Chicago city council call for decriminalization of magic mushrooms Artwork Fair Use: W.carter

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Colonization laid the groundwork for the drug war

…centuries of biased propaganda and policy associating currently-illicit, plant-based substances with chaos, violence, and malice. As a society beginning to seriously discuss creative alternatives to the punishment- and abstinence-based status quo, we must acknowledge that maintaining drug prohibition requires both a misappropriation and control of substances that are… [naturally-occurring] to certain lands and cultures. Decolonizing drug use on…

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The war on drugs is a war on the climate

“Communal and indigenous land rights are the most effective strategy to combat the negative impacts of drug trafficking and climate change simultaneously,” she wrote. “The war on drugs approach to fighting drug traffickers has to end. Rather than engaging in military-based approaches, governments and donors should invest in community and indigenous land rights and governance…

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