The District of Columbia Democratic Party is endorsing a measure to decriminalize a wide range of psychedelics, including psilocybin and ayahuasca, that’s on the ballot this November in the nation’s capital, reports Marijuana Moment.
Last week, the chief petitioner of Decriminalize Nature D.C. gave a presentation on the measure, titled Initiative 81. Delegates discussed the measure, and then endorsed it in a 23-10 vote.
Under the measure, possession and use of entheogenic plants and fungi such as psychedelic mushrooms would be among D.C.’s lowest law enforcement priorities. If voters approve it in November, the District of Columbia will become the fourth jurisdiction in the U.S. to have enacted a policy change.
“Following a robust discussion between members of our organization and representatives from the Campaign to Decriminalize Nature DC, our Party passed a resolution in support of Initiative 81,” the Democratic Party stated in a press release. “This initiative can help people struggling from mental illness and other afflictions who have found healing through entheogenic medicines, while moving us closer to ending the War on Drugs.”
The psychedelics reform movement has spread across the U.S.. Denver was the first city to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms in 2019, followed by Oakland and Santa Cruz, California.
The majority of Washington, D.C. residents favor the proposal, according to recent polling, which found that three out of five locals are in favor of the initiative.
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