Detroit psychedelics to hit the November ballot

Detroit Voters to Decide on Psychedelics Decriminalization in November

Detroit could become one of the next Michigan cities to decriminalize psychedelics, with the reform proposal making the local ballot for November.

Detroit is the largest city in Michigan in terms of population, but activists are targeting cities all over the state. The Ann Arbor City Council has already elected to make enforcement of laws prohibiting psychedelics like psilocybin, ayahuasca and DMT among the city’s lowest priorities, and it recently declared September Entheogenic Plants and Fungi Awareness Month. After Ann Arbor legislators passed the decriminalization resolution last year, the Washtenaw County prosecutor announced that his office will not be pursuing charges over possessing entheogenic plants and fungi “regardless of the amount at issue.”

Advocates with Decriminalize Nature Michigan, who are coordinating efforts across the state, said at a recent meeting there was room for improvement down the line if the Detroit decriminalization measure is approved by voters.

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The Detroit psychedelics initiative, Proposal E, reads: “Shall the voters of the City of Detroit adopt an ordinance to the 2019 Detroit City Code that would decriminalize to the fullest extent permitted under Michigan law the personal possession and therapeutic use of Entheogenic Plants by adults and make the personal possession and therapeutic use of Entheogenic Plants by adults the city’s lowest law-enforcement priority?”

At the same time local activists are pursuing decriminalization, a pair of state senators introduced a bill earlier this month to legalize the possession, cultivation and delivery of an array of plant- and fungus-derived psychedelics, including psilocybin and mescaline.

This is happening at a time when many cities and municipalities across the country are rethinking their policies on possession of psychedelics. In May, lawmakers in Congress filed the first-ever legislation to federally decriminalize possession of illicit substances.

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Kyle Jaeger is Marijuana Moment's Los Angeles-based associate editor. His work has also appeared in High Times, VICE, etc.

Kyle Jaeger is Marijuana Moment's Los Angeles-based associate editor. His work has also appeared in High Times, VICE, etc.

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