Grand Rapids City Council Approves Psychedelics Decriminalization Measure

Earlier last week, another city in the state of Michigan passed a measure that called for the decriminalization of psychedelics, including ayahuasca and psilocybin. The measure doesn’t meet activists’ expectations, however, because it doesn’t change any enforcement practices in the city. Instead, the initiative stipulates that the city commission and mayor support federal, state and local legislative efforts to decriminalize entheogenic fungi and plants as well as plant-based compounds that are classified under the Controlled Substances Act.

The measure, which the city commission of Grand Rapids approved in a 5 to 2 vote, states that individuals who seek to improve their well-being and health through the use of entheogenic fungi and plants should have the freedom to do so without risk of prosecution or arrest. It further notes that the enforcement of laws that regulate the use and possession of entheogenic fungi and plants hasn’t been a high priority for the city of Grand Rapids.

The move comes as state and local legislators across Michigan pursue other psychedelic policy changes. For example, the city council of Ann Arbor, Michigan, decided to make the enforcement of laws that prohibit the use of psychedelics such as DMT, ayahuasca and psilocybin among the city’s lowest priorities. After lawmakers in Ann Arbor approved the decriminalization measure in 2020, the county prosecutor in Washtenaw announced that his office wouldn’t be pursuing charges involving the possession of entheogenic fungi and plants. Furthermore, legislators recently declared September to be the Entheogenic Fungi and Plants Awareness month.

Psychedelics policy reforms are also advancing in other states in the country. In California, a measure to legalize psychedelics that had advanced through a pair of assembly committees and the senate was recently withdrawn by its sponsor so that it could garner more support among legislators. Activists in the state have also began gathering signatures for a measure that would legalize magic mushrooms in the state. In addition to this, Santa Cruz and Oakland, both cities in California, have enacted psychedelics decriminalization measures.

Last week, a top Democrat in the Florida Senate filed a legislation that would require the state to study the medical benefits of psychedelic substances such as MDMA and psilocybin. In 2020, voters in the state of Oregon also approved two measures that decriminalized the possession of all drugs and legalized psilocybin therapy. Additionally, voters in Washington D.C. passed a ballot initiative in 2020 that deprioritized the enforcement of laws that criminalize psychedelic substances.

California seems to be taking solid steps to remove psychedelics from the list of prohibited substances. It is therefore no wonder that cutting-edge psychedelic research is being undertaken by companies such as Tryp Therapeutics Inc. (CSE: TRYP) (OTCQB: TRYPF), headquartered in California.

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