Fourth Michigan City Passes Measure To Decriminalize Psychedelics
Local leaders in the city of Ferndale, Michigan, passed a resolution this week that advocates say decriminalizes psychedelic plants and fungi, including drugs such as psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca and DMT. Ferndale is the fourth Michigan city to pass such a measure. Detroit, Ann Arbor and Hazel Park have adopted similar policy changes. Last year activists also took steps to put psychedelics legalization on the statewide ballot, but they ultimately decided to delay the reform campaign and aim for 2024 instead. While the resolution approved Monday by the Ferndale City Council cannot end Michigan’s statewide prohibition on psychedelics, it makes it the city’s “lowest law enforcement priority” to investigate and arrest people for “planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, engaging in practices with, or possessing” entheogenic plants and fungi. “City funds or resources shall be prioritized for other City of Ferndale functions,” the measure, sponsored by Mayor Pro Tem Kat Bruner James, says. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Decriminalize Nature Ferndale (@decrimferndale) The two-page measure consists mostly of the council’s findings, acknowledging that psychedelic use has been a part of human behavior for thousands of years and recognizing that entheogenic plants “have been shown by scientific and clinical studies and traditional practices to be beneficial to the health and well-being of individuals and communities.” Specifically, the council points to the substances’ potential to treat substance use disorder, trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, cluster headaches and other conditions. It also says that decriminalizing the cultivation of cacti that contain mescaline is “critical,” to preserving the currently threatened plants, because “100+ years of continued criminalization has only led to increased scarcity of these cacti in their native habitat.” The resolution clarifies that the policy shift does not permit the possession or consumption of psychedelics in schools, nor does it allow…
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