Over 100 people testified about how they have been helped by natural psychedelics.
The use of psilocybin, mescaline or other natural psychedelic “drugs” can no longer be policed in the city of Oakland, California.
Last Tuesday (June 4), the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize psilocybin (magic mushrooms) and other entheogenic plants including ayahuasca, cacti (mescaline) and iboga—i.e., “the full spectrum of plants, fungi, and natural materials… that can inspire personal and spiritual well-being, can benefit psychological and physical wellness, and can reestablish human’s inalienable and direct relationship to nature.”
Police can no longer “impose criminal penalties… or use any city funds to investigate or enforce the criminal penalties,” CNN explained. And according to the resolution, even people who are currently being prosecuted for the natural psychedelics in question will no longer be punished.
Councilman Noel Gallo, who introduced the measure after being approached by Decriminalize Nature Oakland, said that growing up in a Native American family, he was familiar with the use of natural medicine. “We didn’t go to Walgreens for medication,” he told CNN. “My grandma had plants in her backyard that would heal us.”
During the night of the resolution’s passing, over 100 people testified about how they have been helped by natural psychedelics.
Researcher Matthew Johnson of Johns Hopkins University says there is reason to be optimistic about the ability of psilocybin, in particular, to positively impact mental health issues such as PTSD, depression, addiction and more.