President-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris have pledged major reforms of drug laws to shift the criminal justice system away from incarceration towards still controversial mandated treatment and drug courts.
Oregon Measures 109 and 110 broke new ground in drug reform by legalizing psilocybin for therapeutic use and decriminalizing all drugs. The chief petitioners behind these bills, Tom and Sheri Eckert and Anthony Johnson, discuss their federal and local impact.
The police action is part of a larger trend of increasing detentions and prosecution of ayahuasca providers across Europe.
Three major ballot initiatives were approved by voters on Tuesday, signaling a significant shift in public attitudes toward drug policy.
The drug war hasn’t made drugs less accessible to youth, but instead, we get a lot more people incarcerated and dying of drug use. The more we criminalize it, the more dangerous it becomes.
Measure 109, a ballot initiative to legalize psilocybin-based therapy state-wide, could become a model for the nation.
The Ann Arbor City Council voted unanimously to pass the resolution, adapted from Decriminalize Nature. Now the County Prosecutor is on board, too.
Decriminalize Nature national leadership publishes statements denouncing fellow activists, including David Bronner, while Portland’s branch of DN opposes Oregon psilocybin ballot measures.
Organizers credit education around Initiative 81 for increasing voter support by 9% since April.