What does it mean…
This is the best way to explain it: Say you really love to grow tomatoes. You can grow as many tomatoes as you want, pick them, and make as big of a dinner as you want with those tomatoes. There’s no government oversight over how many tomatoes you can grow, gather, or gift. That’s because tomatoes aren’t – and haven’t ever been – criminalized.
That’s the baseline goal of decriminalization [of naturally occurring plants and fungi]: no criminal penalties whatsoever for your relationship with a substance. And it’s what we’re trying to achieve with entheogens. We’d like to see them decriminalized so humans can have the same level of relationship with them as they do with food… where we can offer the opportunities for value creation to our local communities around the US so that people can not only grow, gather, gift, and have their own personal relationship with entheogens as they do with food but participate in the economy, too. [Additionally, according to Ben Unger, 2/17/2020, “Answering Questions about IP 34… [now M109]”… IP 34 doesn’t preclude other programs from creating other systems for protected psilocybin use. IP 34 is silent about anything outside of its license program – so if a locality or the state changed laws about psychedelics or any other drug, those changes could take effect outside the IP 34 framework.]
Original Article (goop & ecfes archives):
What does it mean to decriminalize psychedelics?
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