Ann Arbor City Council Declares Psychedelics Awareness Month For September

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Nearly one year after the Ann Arbor, Michigan City Council voted to decriminalize a wide-range of psychedelics, lawmakers on Monday approved a resolution to officially designate September as Entheogenic Plants and Fungi Awareness Month. The measure, sponsored by Councilmember Jeff Hayner (D) and backed by Decriminalize Nature Ann Arbor, passed in a unanimous vote on Monday evening. Text of the resolution states that certain psychedelics have been shown to have therapeutic value for mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, severe depression and end-of-life anxiety. It also points out that the Food and Drug Administration has granted a breakthrough therapy designation for psilocybin in cases of major depressive disorder. “Practices with entheogenic plants/fungi have been considered sacred to human cultures and human relationships with nature for thousands of years,” the resolution says. It further notes that, after Ann Arbor elected to make enforcement of laws against psychedelics among the city’s lowest priorities, a county prosecutor announced in January that his office will not be pursuing charges over possessing marijuana or entheogenic substances like psilocybin and ayahuasca—“regardless of the amount at issue.” In addition to proclaiming “September to be Entheogenic Plant and Fungi Awareness Month in Ann Arbor, Michigan,” the measure says the City Council “advocates increased awareness and understanding of the potential benefits of entheogens for mental health, personal and spiritual growth, as well as honoring the long standing ancestral practices and relationships with these entheogens.”

Julie Barron, co-director of Decriminalize Nature Michigan and executive director of Decriminalize Nature Ann Arbor, told Marijuana Moment that the group is “so pleased” with the Council’s passage of the resolution, which “shows their continued support of this local movement.” “September is gearing up to be a wonderful month here in Ann Arbor and throughout the whole state of Michigan,” she…

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