Oakland Activists Meet To Chart Path For Legal Sales Of Psychedelics

Oakland Activists Meet To Chart Path For Legal Sales Of Psychedelics

Oakland, California activists and a City Council member recently met to discuss the path forward for legalizing and regulating the sale of psychedelics in the city. While Oakland became the first city in the U.S. to decriminalize a wide range of entheogenic substances last year, no jurisdiction in the country currently provides for the lawful marketing of the psychedelic plants and fungi. Advocates first announced in January that they plan to change that. There aren’t many specific details about what the regulatory model would look like, but more than a dozen interested parties—including Councilmember Noel Gallo (D)—attended a meeting last month where they shared their perspective on the main objectives of the reform proposal. A consistent theme in the discussion was the need to promote the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, provide equitable access to the substances and ensure that whatever regulatory scheme they develop is focused on “healing over profit,” according to minutes from the meeting. Courtney Barnes, an associate attorney at Vicente Sederberg LLC, presented to the group about the legislative logistics of establishing a legal access model and outlined various policy considerations. “Creating a movement for legal access at the local level in itself is the biggest obstacle because controlled substances are primarily regulated at federal and state level,” Barnes told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview. “It’s really going to be about creating a positive—or at least collaborative—relationship with the state to the extent possible.” “While these local initiatives and resolution are able to make prosecution the…

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