Portland Activists Will Pursue Psychedelics Decriminalization Through City Council Rather Than Ballot

Portland Activists Will Pursue Psychedelics Decriminalization Through City Council Rather Than Ballot

A campaign to decriminalize psychedelics in Portland announced recently that it will not be pursuing the change via the ballot initiative process due to challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. However, activists will be raising the issue with the City Council in hopes of enacting local reform legislatively. Decriminalize Nature Portland, which initially started collecting signatures late last year, said in a Facebook post last week that they made the decision after a “long quarantine hiatus.” “We are no longer petitioning for an initiative to make the November ballot,” the group said. “Respecting the quarantine regulations, we are taking a more viable and very positive route working with our city council to pass a Decriminalize Nature ordinance in our city of Portland!” That means the Portland activists are following in the footsteps of two successful decriminalization campaigns in Oakland and Santa Cruz, both of which got their local legislators to make the policy change and deprioritize enforcement of laws against entheogenic substances such as ayahuasca and psilocybin mushrooms without having to go directly to voters at the ballot. Alex Wilson, who sits on the board of directors at Decriminalize Nature Portland, told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview on Thursday that the group has been actively reaching out to members of the council and have one lawmaker, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly (D), who is on board with championing a psychedelics decriminalization measure. “She’s expressed interest verbally to us directly,” he said. However, introducing a measure to enact reform is contingent on…

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