By LeeWEpstein

February 3, 2020

Santa Cruz became the second American city to decriminalize almost all psychedelic substances based on plants or mushrooms. On Tuesday night, the Santa Cruz, California city council voted unanimously (7-0) in favor of the measure.

The initial draft basically indicated that “the arrest of person twenty-one years of age and older involved in the personal consumption by adults and personal possession of entheogenic psychoactive plants and fungi listed in the Federal Schedule 1 are among the lowest priorities for the City of Santa Cruz. »

So , simply put, any adult 21 years of age or older caught with a reasonably small amount of psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca or peyote will not be concerned by the Santa Cruz police. And the cultivation of natural psychedelics for personal use is also legal.

Last November, the Santa Cruz city council received the group behind the resolution, Decriminalize Santa Cruz. In fact , Decriminalizing culture was a priority for activists. “If possession and use [had been decriminalized without cultivation,so it would encourage the black market,” said Santa Cruz Mayor Justin Cummings, “If people cultivate … they know exactly what they are producing. »

Moreover ,Santa Cruz is the second city in California to decriminalize or tolerate natural psychedelics. In June of last year, Oakland became the first to reform its position toward almost all psychedelics derived from plants and mushrooms by passing a city ordinance.

A month earlier, Denver, Colorado, was the first U.S. city to officially decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms by popular vote. These initiatives now receive support from nearly 100 American cities. That are considering decriminalizing or tolerating psychedelic substances soon. And by the state of Vermont, which may become the first American state to decriminalize psychedelics.

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