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Thousands attend… psychedelic shroom festival in Ann Arbor

Police reported there were no issues or arrests. Several elected officials joined psychedelic activists Sunday in rallying the crowd to get behind efforts to decriminalize… state Sen. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor. “It does no good to criminalize these plants.”

Washtenaw County Prosecutor Eli Savit and Chief Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Burton-Harris told the crowd about their policy of not criminally charging anyone for entheogens. That was a “tremendously easy” decision, said Savit, who argued entheogens are not addictive and don’t cause violence. He lamented those who get caught using or possessing them in other communities still can face cascading consequences, including criminal records and loss of jobs and housing. There also were lines at educational booths and petition-signing tables set up at the festival by pro-psychedelic groups… [Carlos Plazola says, “A priest retains his power by mystifying the process of connecting with God. Scientists retain their priestly status by complicating, not simplifying, explanations. And so too, elected officials, government bureaucrats, and lobbyists retain their power and control by making policy-making more complicated and inaccessible. And the corporate-profiteers prey on this increasing complexity to obfuscate and keep hidden from public view the acts which harm the commons… they will tell you that “limits” are a politically expedient necessity. They are not. We’ve proven this by getting 53 out of 54 councilmember votes to date to support our resolutions without limits for personal use through education campaigns in various cities throughout the US.”]

Original Article (Michigan Live & Decriminalize Nature):
Thousands attend first-ever psychedelic shroom festival in Ann Arbor & Decriminalize Nature
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