Politics

Santa Cruz City Council approves psychedelics decriminalization measure

Activists celebrated their city becoming the third in the U.S. in less than a year to decriminalize certain psychedelic substances.

The word “cultivation” was also removed from provisions specifying the measure’s scope. But before the full Council vote on Tuesday, several advocates used the public comment portion of the meeting to urge that it be added back in, and members adopted that request before approving the final resolution. [Absent that allowance for cultivation] “With possession and use being inserted without cultivation, that actually encourages the black market because there’s nowhere else to go,” Cummings, the mayor, said. “If people are are cultivating it themselves they know exactly what they’re producing.” It further stipulates that possession and use of psychedelics by adults “should be considered among the lowest law enforcement priorities for the City of Santa Cruz.”