Another Washington City Moves To Decriminalize Psychedelics, With Unanimous Council Vote

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Another city has joined the movement to decriminalize psychedelics, with lawmakers in Port Townsend, Washington unanimously approving a reform resolution on Monday. The proposal, which was crafted with input from a coalition of psychedelics activists, makes it so enforcement of laws against entheogenic substances like psilocybin, ayahuasca and ibogaine are among the city’s lowest priorities. It also expresses the support of the City Council for broader decriminalization in Washington State and at the federal level. Port Townsend “maintains that the abuse of controlled substances should be understood primarily as a public health issue,” the text of the resolution says. Prior to Monday’s vote, activists with the Port Townsend Psychedelic Society expressed concern about certain language in an initial draft resolution and said they would support potentially tabling the legislation if their proposed amendments weren’t adopted. That included changing the text to say that enforcement of laws against psychedelics activities for adults is “among the lowest” priorities, rather than just a “low” priority. The revision was adopted by the body. There was also language added stipulating that the city, to the best of its ability, won’t direct funding to police specifically for entheogen-related enforcement activities. The whereas section of the measure discusses the therapeutic potential of certain psychedelics, the clinical trials that are underway to investigate their medical value and the reforms that have been enacted in cities across the country. That includes nearby Seattle, where the city council passed a resolution in October to decriminalize a variety of entheogenic plants and fungi. — Marijuana Moment is already tracking more than 1,300 cannabis, psychedelics and drug policy bills in state legislatures and Congress this year. Patreon supporters pledging at least $25/month get access to our interactive maps, charts and hearing calendar so they don’t miss any developments. Learn more about our…

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