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Psychedelic decriminalization… legalization… medicalization: what’s the difference?

As our society moves deeper into the psychedelic renaissance, and civilians push governments to once and for all end the war on drugs, many different options are proposed.

Psychedelic decriminalization, medicalization, a legalization are all suggested pathways that each carry their own benefits. So what’s the difference? However, for many, the different but similar-sounding terminology can be confusing. It doesn’t help that often, proposed government plans are called one thing, but in reality are closer to another… often government programs will encompass aspects of legalization, decriminalization and medicalization. For instance, the state of Oregon has decriminalized all drugs, while they are working on legalizing psilocybin therapy in special healing centers throughout the state. While this wouldn’t be medicalization, since a person would not need a doctor’s note or a diagnosis to access this treatment, as psilocybin would only be able to be legally obtained in these supervised healing centers, it stops short of full legalization.

Original Article (Psychedelic Spotlight):
Psychedelic decriminalization vs legalization: what’s the difference?
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