Politics

Oakland City Council decriminalizes all “natural psychedelics” in landmark resolution

Unlike last month’s landmark initiative in Denver, which specifically targeted psychedelic mushrooms, this broader resolution groups together a variety of plants and fungi under the banner of entheogenic plants or plant compounds.

The term entheogen generally refers to psychoactive substances used in religious or spiritual contexts. The Oakland resolution more specifically defines the term in reference to plants and natural sources of psychoactive compounds including indole amines, tryptamines, phenethylamines. This specificity is important, as it does not include LSD, or other chemically derived psychoactive agents … The resolution is also quite clear on its directions to the local police stating: “That the Mayor and City Council hereby declare that it shall be the policy of the City of Oakland that the investigation and arrest of adult persons for planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, engaging in practices with, and/or possessing Entheogenic Plants or plant compounds on the Federal Schedule 1 list shall be amongst the lowest law enforcement priority for the City of Oakland.”

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Oakland City Council decriminalizes all “natural psychedelics” in landmark resolution
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