Cambridge City Council Decriminalizes Psychedelics And Urges Police To End Drug Arrests More Broadly

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Cambridge, Massachusetts has become the latest city to decriminalize a wide range of psychedelics following a City Council vote on Wednesday. But lawmakers also used the opportunity to push for broader reforms that go beyond the entheogen-focused measures approved in other municipalities across the country, calling on police to stop arresting people for possessing or using any illicit drugs. Local legislators approved the resolution 8-1, making Cambridge the second city in Massachusetts to adopt the psychedelics and drug policy change. The Somerville City Council advanced a similar decriminalization measure last month. The text of the ordinance states that, like many cities and states across the country, Cambridge has “begun in recent years to recognize that criminalizing users of substances such as cannabis is neither a just or effective legal approach.” Watch the Cambridge City Council meeting below, starting around 55:44:35:  “Drug policy in the United States and the so-called ‘War on Drugs’ has historically led to unnecessary penalization, arrest, and incarceration of vulnerable people, particularly people of color and of limited financial means, instead of prioritizing harm-reduction policies that treat drug abuse as an issue of public health,” it continues. Congratulations to Cambridge, Massachusetts! Cambridge City Council votes 8-1 to #DecriminalizeNature! The second city in #Massachusetts to decriminalize in 2021. Great work @DecrimNatureMA and @BayStaters! Go team Nature! — Decriminalize Nature (@DecrimNature) February 4, 2021 In order to resolve the problem, the measures stipulates that enforcement of laws against possession and cultivation of entheogenic plants and fungi like ayahuasca, ibogaine and psilocybin mushrooms should be among the city’s lowest priorities. It also directs the county prosecutor to drop cases related to the possession and use of controlled substances. It states that “the arrest of adult persons for using or possessing controlled substances shall be amongst the lowest law enforcement…

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