Politics

Detroit Votes to Decriminalize Psychedelics

On Tuesday, Detroit citizens passed a ballot that makes plant-based psychedelics the lowest priority for law enforcement.

Statewide Psychedelic Decriminalization Efforts Are Growing Across the Nation

Elected representatives across the country have proposed bills that would allow for research into psychedelics and others that would decriminalize psychedelic drugs at the state level.

In Defense of Ketamine: Five Questions For Ismail Lourido Ali of MAPS

The director of policy for MAPS discusses why ketamine was removed from the California decrim bill and the possible benefits of decriminalizing personal adult use of ketamine.

What Is the Future of the California Decrim Bill?

The bill, SB 519, is on hold to allow a coalition of supporters to build support for the bill among legislators.

House Report Calls on NIH to Study Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies

In “smoke signal” to federal agencies, a House Committee report urges government funded psychedelic research.

Personal Possession Limits Added to California Decrim Bill to Move It Through Health Committee

Amendments to the SB 519 California decriminalization bill include limits on personal possession, a switch from social sharing to “facilitated or supported use,” harm reduction training and education for first responders.

Shamanic Ceremony Leaders Join Forces to Shape Legal Strategy through the Sacred Plant Alliance

The new group of about a dozen practitioners aims to advance legal protections by setting standards for the ceremonial use of ayahuasca, psilocybin, and other sacramental plant medicines.

Portrayed As Date Rape Drug, Ketamine Is Removed from California Decrim Bill

The removal of ketamine prior to the Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing marks the latest concession on the path to move psychedelic decriminalization bill SB 519 through California’s legislature.

Drug Policy Reform Act Is Introduced in Congress but Faces Long Road Ahead

Legislation to reform drug laws and criminal justice policies sponsored by Democratic Reps reflects new emphasis on harm reduction, but is low priority for the Biden administration.

California Decrim Bill Passes State Senate

SB 519, the California legislation that would decriminalize certain psychedelic substances, passed the state senate in a close vote.