Third California City Seeks To Decriminalize Psychedelics

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Another California city is pursuing a resolution to decriminalize psychedelics, with an Arcata City Council member agreeing to sponsor the measure. Decriminalize Nature Humboldt announced on Friday that Councilmember Sarah Schaefer agreed to lead the resolution, which would make enforcement of laws against entheogenic substances like psilocybin and ibogaine among the city’s lowest law enforcement priorities. The group says they plan to discuss the reform measure with other local lawmakers over the next month. “This resolution is consistent with the beliefs held by many Arcatans,” Schaefer said in a press release. “The decriminalization of entheogenic plants and fungi is an important step away from the war on drugs while expanding opportunities for research on the medicinal benefits of these plants and fungi.” “Research shows that these plants have the potential to help overcome anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and so much more, something that could be enormously beneficial to any community,” she said. Danielle Daniel, lead organizer of Decriminalize Nature Humboldt, said psychedelics decriminalization is “the first step to right the wrong of the failed drug war.” Under the proposed resolution, “planting, cultivating, engaging in practices with, or possessing entheogenic plants and fungi or plant compounds shall be the lowest law enforcement priority for the City of Arcata.” It also aims at “reprioritizing funding away from the arrest of individuals engaging with entheogenic practices,” the group said. “Decriminalization of entheogenic plants and fungi creates attainable pathways toward healing, particularly for those living with treatment resistant mental health conditions, and creates safe, ethical, and equitable access to sacred medicines of the earth,” Taylor Albamonti of Decriminalize Nature Humboldt said. “All human beings should have the right and ability to cultivate relationships with these sacred plant teachers, and the healing journey they invite us to embark on.” If passed, Arcata would become the…

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