Virginia lawmakers propose decriminalizing psychedelic mushrooms

The legislation would reduce the penalty for possession – currently a Class 5 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison – to a $100 civil fine. Three Virginia lawmakers introduced new bills to decriminalize the possession of psychedelics… have introduced legislation that would end felony penalties for possession of psychedelic mushrooms, citing the drug’s growing acceptance in…

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Seattle… psychedelics… [update]

Proponents of the legalization of psychedelics… Seattle’s City Council approved a resolution… to decriminalize a wide range of activities around psychedelic drugs, including the cultivation and sharing of psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, ibogaine and non-peyote-derived mescaline. The… measure extends what is already Seattle city policy not to arrest or prosecute people for personal drug possession to…

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Missouri… proposes adding access to LSD, MDMA, peyote, and psilocybin as treatment options

HB 2429 would expand access for right-to-try to not only those with terminal illnesses but also those who are afflicted with debilitating or life-threatening conditions as well. Missouri has had its own version of right-to-try since 2014… “Eligible patient”…has a debilitating, life-threatening, or terminal illness… …proposal reads, “The offense of possession of more than ten grams but…

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Port Townsend votes to decriminalize psychedelics

City leaders in Port Townsend, Washington voted [on Dec. 20, 2021] to decriminalize entheogenic plants and fungi, joining a growing list of communities that have relaxed their policies… “After two and a half years working on this issue, we are extremely excited that the City of Port Townsend has passed a resolution supporting the decriminalization…

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Activists file Colorado ballot initiatives… psychedelics…

A national advocacy group recently filed two separate psychedelics reform initiatives for Colorado’s 2022 ballot, both of which are titled the Natural Medicine Healing Act… “It’s really important to advocate for full decrim first and foremost,” Nicole Foerster said at a December 16 virtual meeting of the group she leads, Decriminalize Nature Boulder County… “If…

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…excited for in… 2022?

Many local advocates and practitioners see decriminalization efforts as the next big step for their movement… criminalization of entheogens “was really more political than anything else”… looking forward to seeing what else local advocates can accomplish to make them more accessible and safe to use… people “are finding very deep healing through plants that aren’t…

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[Oregon] Measure 110…

Oregonians voted Measure 110 into law, passing it by a 17-point margin and sending the strong message that we want drug use treated as a health issue — not a crime. The measure passed in communities both large and small, urban and rural, progressive and conservative. The law decriminalized all drugs For more than 50…

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Psilocybin… pennsylvania veterans…

Listed as the prime sponsor of the Pennsylvania bill is Tracy Pennycuick (R., Montgomery County), an Army veteran who is in her first term. She has 20 cosponsors, a rare mix of Democrats and Republicans. The Pennsylvania proposal falls between what has happened in Oregon and Texas. Oregon legalized psilocybin-assisted therapy in medical settings and…

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