Spirituality

Applying the lessons of legal cannabis to psychedelics decriminalization

“If the common person has the ability to grow and use their own healing plants, and share with friends, they can forever hold the corporate interests accountable.”

Create Scarcity. Check. Create Complexity. Check. OK, perfect. Launch Venture Capital! … From this strategy of appeasing politician’s fear were born the three horsemen of the apocalypse on healing plants. The three horsemen emerged as Scarcity, Complexity and Greed. Together they are destroying the sacred relationship between humans and cannabis, and are poised to destroy our relationship to entheogenic plants and fungi—if we, as advocates, repeat our mistakes. To be fair, this was not some grand master plan by venture capitalists. I’ve been watching the cannabis industry take a big giant crap since 2000. Watching it all unfold. Paying my own heavy price for participating in this fool’s game of defilement. Venture capital wasn’t sitting on the sidelines waiting for their dastardly plan to finally unfold so they could rush in and collect their winnings. This is just how things work when we legislate from fear. It’s an inevitability. We did this. But we can learn from this to make sure we don’t destroy our relationship with our plant allies of the entheogenic type. Cannabis was the sacrificial lamb to the altar of human frailty. But here is our opportunity to get it right with our plant and fungal allies that lovingly heal our consciousness—ayahuasca, sacred mushrooms, ibogaine, mescaline cacti and the like…

Original Article (Marijuana Moment):
Applying the lessons of legal cannabis to psychedelics decriminalization (op-ed)
Artwork Fair Use: Forest & Kim Starr

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