Voters in Detroit turned out Tuesday to add their city to those who have decriminalized naturally growing psychedelics for their citizens. A large majority showed their support for a movement that continues to gain momentum as Americans rethink their attitudes about entheogenic, or psychedelic, use in mental-health situations.
Proposal E will “decriminalize to the fullest extent permitted under Michigan law the personal possession and therapeutic use of Entheogenic Plants by adults,” including psilocybin, peyote, mescaline, ayahuasca and dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, and “make the personal possession and therapeutic use of Entheogenic Plants by adults the city’s lowest law-enforcement priority.” With 100% of precincts reporting, it passed 61% to 39%.
Decriminalization of entheogenic substances makes sense.
There is medicinal value. These plants and fungi have religious significance. And these substances are relatively safe and not prone to abuse.
Let’s stop wasting time and money making more victims of the War on Drugs. https://t.co/uo5eB655AY
— Jeff Irwin (@JeffMIrwin) September 3, 2021
Detroit joined neighboring Ann Arbor, which decriminalized entheogenic substances in 2020 and held its first Entheogenic Plant and Fungi Awareness Month in September. The city of Grand Rapids City Council decriminalized some psychedelics earlier this year as more research indicates they can be used in certain situations.
Under state law, psychedelics remain illegal in Michigan, and the Detroit initiative does not affect state penalties for possessing such drugs, which Michigan classifies as Schedule I substances. Sens. Jeff Irwin (D–Washtenaw County) and Adam Hollier (D–Detroit) have introduced a bill, S.B. 671, to change that law and legalize many aspects of psychedelic use across the state.
Since the city of Denver decriminalized magic mushrooms in 2019, cities all across the country have been debating and rethinking their attitudes about psychedelics.
Last month the Seattle City Council passed a resolution to decriminalize a wide range of psychedelic substances, and the state of Oregon last year decriminalized and will regulate entheogenic substances. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott wouldn’t sign the bill, but even Texas is studying whether psychedelics might help veterans suffering mental-health issues.
This piece was originally published by Marijuana Moment and has been edited or modified by The News Station.