Canadian Government Will Respond To Psychedelics Decriminalization Petition

Canadian Government Will Respond To Psychedelics Decriminalization Petition

The Canadian government will have to officially respond to a petition calling for the decriminalization of psychedelics after it garnered nearly 15,000 signatures—and there’s legislation in the works that could make the policy change happen. The petition, which is not binding but must be sponsored by a member of Parliament, discusses the historical use of entheogenic plants and fungi and the therapeutic potential of those substances. It states that the government should “immediately discontinue enforcement of statutes or regulations that prohibit or impose onerous restrictions on informed adult use, growing, or sharing of any plant or fungi, where an established record of traditional use exists.” Additionally, legislators should amend federal drug laws to “distinguish and exempt these organisms when used for therapeutic practices, as adjuncts to medical care, for healing ceremonies or solitary spiritual growth and self-development,” it says. The deadline to join the petition passed last week, with 14,910 signatures. That’s the eighth-highest number of signatures an official government petition has received this Parliament. But while this document focuses on psychedelics, the sponsor who agreed to attach his name to it, MP Paul Manly of the Green Party, told Marijuana Moment in a phone interview that rather than introduce new legislation on the issue, he will continue to support a broader bill to decriminalize possession of all currently illicit drugs. That measure did not advance last session, but it’s been reintroduced by MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith of the Liberal party. Manly said his interest in drug reform comes from personal…

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