California Should Decriminalize Psychedelics And Allow Healing Ceremonies, Oakland Resolution Says

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The Oakland City Council will consider a resolution next week that calls on California state lawmakers to enact policies decriminalizing or legalizing a wide range of psychedelics and allowing local jurisdictions to permit healing ceremonies where people could use entheogenic substances. Activists with Decriminalize Nature (DN) have been working with legislators to expand upon the city’s current decriminalization policy that was enacted last year. While they unveiled a local measure in July to legalize healing ceremonies in Oakland where people could lawfully use psychedelics, they’ve decided for now to pursue a push for state-level legislative action after a senator announced that he plans to file a bill to decriminalize psychedelics across California when the legislature reconvenes in January. The group presented the new resolution before the Oakland’s Rules and Legislation Committee last week. State Sen. Scott Weiner’s (D) action “changed things completely here in Oakland relative to our work because, suddenly, our bigger battle became not here in Oakland, but statewide,” Carlos Plazola, chair of DN, told Marijuana Moment. “We suddenly found ourselves stepping into a much larger arena.” Under the local resolution, sponsored by Councilman Noel Gallo (D), the city would urge the state legislature to “decriminalize or legalize the possession and use of entheogenic plants and fungi” and “allow local jurisdictions to authorize its citizens to engage in community-based healing ceremonies involving the use of entheogenic plants and fungi without risk of arrest and state prosecution.” It also asks state lawmakers to “provide protections against criminal prosecution for local jurisdictions, their elected and appointed officials, practitioners and users operating in accordance with the Oakland Community Healing Initiative.” It would further make it so city lobbyists would have to advocate for psychedelics reform in Sacramento. “This resolution really is our open leadership taking a stand for the most marginalized communities…

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