Applying The Lessons Of Legal Cannabis To Psychedelics Decriminalization (Op-Ed)

Applying The Lessons Of Legal Cannabis To Psychedelics Decriminalization (Op-Ed)

“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.” By Carlos Plazola, Decriminalize Nature We’re getting decriminalization and legalization of our sacred plant allies all wrong. I was part of the process that screwed up our relationship with cannabis. And these are my lessons I carry to a new movement called Decriminalize Nature, born in Oakland and now spreading across the country in over 100 cities and 30 states. In 2010, I sat at a meeting in Richmond, California lobbying the City Council to allow dispensaries to become permitted. My team presented a complex rubric of regulations they could place on the dispensaries to ensure the world would stay safe, and we seduced them with the staggering tax windfalls they’d receive once the dispensaries were fully operational. It helped that the unregulated mortgage derivate industry had just sucked trillions of dollars out of the economy, causing de-industrialized towns like Richmond to hemorrhage from their dwindling budgets. We brought to them smoke and mirrors, complex regulations and greed. And they ate it up. I was part of a large group of second wave…

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