Third Massachusetts City Approves Psychedelics Decriminalization Measure

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Another Massachusetts city has approved a measure to deprioritize enforcement of laws against the possession, use and distribution of a wide range of psychedelics such as psilocybin and ayahuasca. This time, the Northampton City Council passed the resolution, which also states that no government or police funds should be used to enforce laws criminalizing people for using or possessing entheogenic plants and fungi. The vote on Thursday was unanimous, 8-0, and it makes Northampton the third city in the state to enact the reform. Somerville and Cambridge have also moved to effectively decriminalize psychedelics. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bay Staters (@baystaters) In the “whereas” section of the resolution, it states that studies have demonstrated the therapeutic potential of certain psychedelics in the treatment of serious mental health conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic depression and addiction. It also says that “the so-called War on Drugs has led to the unnecessary penalization, arrest, and incarceration of vulnerable people, particularly people of color and people of limited financial means, rather than prioritizing harm-reduction policies to treat drug abuse as an issue of public health.” Further, the measure calls on the Hampshire County District Attorney to “cease prosecution of persons involved in the use, possession, or distribution of entheogenic plants and the use or possession without the intent to distribute of any controlled substance.” This resolution also expresses the Council’s support for two bills recently introduced in the state legislature. One would remove criminal penalties for possession of all currently illicit drugs and the other would establish a task force to study entheogenic substances with the eventual goal of legalizing and regulating the them. Prior to giving final approval to the psychedelics decriminalization resolution on Thursday, the Council held an initial discussion on the measure last month. This…

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