The city of Ann Arbor has become the most recent US city to decriminalize entheogenic plants–a major advancement for the psychedelic movement. The measure was passed unanimously on September 21st by the Ann Arbor City Council, establishing it as the city’s lowest law enforcement priority. 

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More About This Historic Measure Passed by Ann Arbor  

Authorities in the major Michigan city will no longer investigate and prosecute persons for possessing, planting, cultivating, transporting, distributing, or engaging in practices with “entheogenic plants”. As outlined in the measure, “entheogenic plants” are plants and fungi that contain indole amines, tryptamines and phenethylamines “that can benefit psychological and physical wellness, support and enhance religious and spiritual practices, and can reestablish human’s inalienable and direct relationship to nature.” The measure includes plants such as ayahuasca, ibogaine, peyote, psilocybin containing mushrooms and other hallucinogenic substances.

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Solid Scientific & Drug Policy Research Strongly Supports This Measure

Leading institutions, such as Johns Hopkins, NYU, and The Imperial College of London have conducted groundbreaking research on psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. Several other studies have uncovered immense clinical promise in compounds from other entheogens, such as dimethyltryptamine (DMT) found in ayahuasca and mescaline from peyote. Furthermore, decades of failed drug policy around these plants have made it painfully clear their prohibition is not the answer. Not only does oppressive drug policy create exponentially more harm than good, it is diametrically opposed to science and research. This progressive move by Ann Arbor is a powerful step in the right direction for their community and the world at large. 

Check out the upcoming Microdose documentary “The World on Drugs” for more deep insights into the intersection of global drug policy and psychedelic medicine.  

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Decriminalize Nature Ann Arbor (DNA2): The Group Behind The Movement  

The group behind this landmark decision is Decriminalize Nature Ann Arbor, known as DNA2 for short. Through citing the immense therapeutic potential of entheogenic plants, grassroots organization DNA2’s intensive efforts have finally paid off. While some council members were hesitant about the measure when it was first proposed, committed efforts to educate the public about the benefits of entheogenic plants (and the harms of their prohibition) ultimately proved successful. As psychedelic medicine continues to demonstrate incredible benefits in the clinic, groups like DNA2 will be fundamental in realigning policy with science.

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A Look Ahead for the Movement to Reform Drug Policy

 

The revival of psychedelic science has rapidly begun to uncover their profound potential to revolutionize modern medicine. This especially true when it comes to psychedelics treating serious mental health conditions like end-of-life anxiety, addiction, PTSD and treatment-resistant depression. 

Denver was the first city last year to begin the realignment process–reconciling drug policy with scientific research. Oakland and Santa Cruz, both cities in California, were soon to follow. Currently, the city of Chicago is working to pass a similar measure. If successful, it will be the largest US city to accomplish this massive milestone. By passing this historic measure, the city of Ann Arbor helps pioneer the way forward for psychedelic medicine for all of us.

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