The Source Weekly Front Cover : Psych Trip
At this moment in time, the momentum seems to be moving in ECfES’ favor, toward a society that sees potential in psychedelics as a healing modality.
“A good example of that is Kate Brown’s decision to sign HB 2355, a bill carried to the upper chamber by Sen. Jackie Winters, the longest-serving African-American woman in Oregon Senate history, which de-felonized specific Schedule 1 substances in 2017. There’s quite a few voices—such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, British Medical Journal, Royal College of Physicians of London, the City of Vancouver, B.C., Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police and Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, and the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board of Ghana, Africa, and the United Nations General Assembly—that are looking for reasons and justifications for, and sharing evidence-based reasons why we should change the current schedule-based law and policy around these substances.”
*ECfES Reached out to UNGASS 2016 (The UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs) in 2016. ECfES heard positive responses about the role of grass-roots organizations in communicating the needs of our local community, and avenues of positive change that can occur on the Statewide level here in Oregon.
*However, In 2016, The Russians used their role at the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime and on the U.N. Security Council to block reform [at UNGASS 2016]. One of the main goals for the General Assembly special session was to have language supporting harm reduction, decriminalization and an acknowledgment of the failure of the drug war included in the U.N. protocols. Russia succeeded in blocking these efforts.