(SAN FRANCISCO) — Oakland on Tuesday 4 June 2019 became the second U.S. city to decriminalize magic mushrooms after a string of people shared how psychedelics helped them overcome depression, drug addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Oakland City Council voted unanimously to decriminalize the adult use and possession of magic mushrooms and other entheogenic, or psychoactive, plants. Denver voters approved a similar measure for people 21 and older last month.
The resolution stated that city money wouldn’t be used “to assist in the enforcement of laws imposing criminal penalties for the use and possession of Entheogenic Plants by adults.”
Speakers overwhelmingly supported the move, describing substances like peyote as traditional plant-based medicines. One man who described himself as a former heroin addict said such plants saved his life. Some offered mystical descriptions of the hallucinogens as providing spiritual healing.
The vote makes the investigation and arrest of adults who grow, possess, use or distribute entheogenic plants one of the lowest priorities for police. No city money could be used to enforce laws criminalizing the substances, and the Alameda County district attorney would stop prosecuting people who have been apprehended for use or possession.
Denver’s wording focused on magic mushrooms, which contain psilocybin, while Oakland is decriminalizing any fungi or plant with hallucinogenic or pschedelic properties. Oakland is the first city to take this larger step. However, the ruling doesn’t apply to synthetic drugs such as LSD or MDMA.
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