Legalization | 09.12.2022

San Francisco Decriminalizes Plant-Based Psychedelic Substances

The new law says prosecuting people for psychedelics is "the lowest law enforcement priority."

We’re finally entering an age that welcomes the use of psychedelic substances.

With research and science-backed data proving these substances as beneficial, it’s only a matter of time before decriminalizing or legalizing psychedelics is a federal matter.

In the latest move, the city of San Francisco just passed a resolution that decriminalizes psychedelic substances. In fact, the resolution states that anything to do with psychedelics is “the lowest law enforcement priority.”

The recent news follows Oregon’s initiatives to introduce some law reform in the psychedelics area. In 2020, Oregon became the first state to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for mental health treatments.

Other states have created psychedelic-friendly treatment sessions to examine if these substances can benefit mental health, including:

  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Texas
  • Washington

Now, San Francisco is up there with similar laws and resolutions in regions like:

  • Oakland, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • Washington D.C.

On Tuesday, San Francisco‘s Board of Supervisors laid out that law enforcement will not arrest people for doing the following with plant-based psychedelics:

  • Using
  • Growing
  • Possessing
  • Distributing

Furthermore, the resolution only states that plant-based psychedelics are decriminalized, including substances like:

  • Psilocybin mushrooms
  • Ayahuasca
  • Peyote

The city’s government and law enforcement swear never to use city resources for investigations regarding plant-based psychedelic substances.

San Francisco Supervisor Dean Preston introduced the resolution. He said that his city “joins a growing list of cities and countries that are taking a fresh look at these plant-based medicines, following science and data, and destigmatizing their use and cultivation.”

San Francisco health officials hope that decriminalizing plant-based psychedelic substances will help benefit psychological wellness, especially for those dealing with addiction, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and trauma.

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