Psychedelics & Entheogens
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Pioneering rigorous studies at leading medical research institutions indicates that psychedelic and entheogenic substances are uniquely effective in treating a host of mental health disorders, including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), end-of-life anxiety, and addiction.
On November 3, 2020, with the approval of Measure 109, Oregon has become the first state to legalize the use of psilocybin products through licensed therapeutic centers. Though Measure 109 doesn’t legalize the possession, manufacturing, and consumption of psilocybin outside of service centers, this measure is still a historic first step.
Denver, Colorado, approved Initiated Ordinance 301 in 2019 with 50.64% of the vote. The ordinance made the adult possession and use of psilocybin mushrooms the lowest law enforcement priority in Denver and prohibited the city from spending resources on enforcing related penalties.
Washington, D.C., voters decided an initiative in November 2020 to declare that police treat the non-commercial cultivation, distribution, possession, and use of entheogenic plants and fungi as among the lowest law enforcement priorities.
Three other cities—Oakland, Santa Cruz, and Ann Arbor—have also decriminalized psilocybin through local ordinances.
With the latest research from leading institutions showcasing the beneficial and therapeutic effects of psilocybin, medical psilocybin might be on track to get FDA approval in the coming years. Similar to the relatively rapid legalization of medical cannabis, it’s only a matter of time before other states, including California, decriminalize and legalize psilocybin as well as other entheogenic plants and fungi.
A timeline of decriminalization and legalization of Psychedelics:
May 7, 2019
Denver, CO Decriminalizes the Psilocybin Mushrooms
With about 50.5% of voters supporting the ordinance, Denver approves City Ordinance 301 to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms for personal use, by less than 2,000 votes.
June 4, 2019
Oakland, CA Decriminalizes Hallucinogenic Fungi
Oakland City Council in California on Tuesday votes unanimously to decriminalize hallucinogenic fungi, otherwise known as “magic mushrooms.”
January 28, 2020
Santa Cruz, CA Decriminalizes Psychoactive Plants and Fungi
The Santa Cruz City Council votes unanimously to approve a resolution that makes investigating and arresting people 21 and older for using, possessing or cultivating psychoactive plants and fungi among the lowest priorities for law enforcement.
September 21, 2020
Ann Arbor, MI Decriminalizes Naturally Occurring Psychedelics
The City Council of Ann Arbor votes unanimously to decriminalize naturally occurring psychedelics, including psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, peyote, San Pedro cacti and iboga.
November 3, 2020
Oregon voters legalize therapeutic psilocybin
Measure 109 “allows manufacture, delivery, administration of psilocybin at supervised, licensed facilities; imposes two-year development period.”
November 3, 2020
Measure 110 Makes Oregon First state to Decriminalize All Drugs, Including Psilocybin, Other Psychedelics and Entheogens
With the passage of Measure 110, Oregonians who possess small amounts of drugs will no longer receive criminal records and criminal punishments. Instead, they will receive minor fines which can be waived if the person receiving them is assessed at an Addiction Recovery Center.
November 3, 2020
Initiative 81 Passes in the District of Columbia
Initiative 81 shifts enforcement of laws against natural plant medicines to be among the lowest law enforcement priorities in Washington, D.C..