The election ballot will include a proposal to deprioritize law enforcement of psychedelics.
'Shrooming in Washington, D.C., will still be illegal after November, but you might have less of a chance of getting arrested for possessing and using psychedelic plants if Initiative 81 gains voter approval.
Initiative 81 is a non-binding referendum to deprioritize enforcement against mushrooms and psychedelic plants. Decriminalize Nature D.C., the group behind the initiative, breaks down the effort:
- Psychedelic plants known as entheogens would be among the lowest priorities enforced by D.C. police. That applies to all planting, distributing, possessing, and consuming of entheogens.
- D.C. Attorney General and U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C., will not pursue criminal charges in cases involving entheogens.
- Entheogens remain illegal under the same penalties as before.
The proposal will appear on the November ballot in Washington, D.C., which would become the third state nationally to pass such a measure, if approved. Denver and Oakland approved their own pro-mushroom measures last year, according to DCist.
Before anyone starts tripping at a national monument, know this movement is actually an effort to legalize medicinal mushrooms that could help veterans and other patients diagnosed with PTSD. More research like work being done at the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research could spur other uses for these plants.
Decriminalize Nature D.C. collected more than 35,000 signatures in support of the measure, and about 25,000 of those signatures were deemed valid. That was just enough to qualify Initiative 81 for the November election ballot, and based on a poll from April, D.C. voters narrowly favor the measure with 51-percent support.
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