Detroit residents voting on whether to decriminalize ‘magic mushrooms’ and other psychedelic drugs

Detroit could be the newest big city to decriminalize “magic mushrooms” and other psychedelic drugs as residents vote on Tuesday.

Voters are asked under Proposition E: “Should the City of Detroit voters enact a Detroit City Code 2019 ordinance that would decriminalize adult personal possession and therapeutic use of entheogenic plants to the maximum extent permitted by Michigan law and adult personal possession and therapeutic use of entheogenic plants is the lowest law enforcement priority in the city? “

About 40 miles west of Detroit, Ann Arbor, home of the University of Michigan, city council unanimously voted last year to decriminalize a wide range of psychedelic drugs.

Several other major cities in the United States have also decriminalized psychedelics, including Seattle, Denver, Washington, DC, Oakland, and Santa Cruz.

Entheogenic plants – which include drugs such as psilocybin mushrooms, mescaline, and ayahuasca – are described in Proposal E as “the full spectrum of plants, fungi, and natural materials and / or their extracted compounds, limited to those containing the following types of compounds contain:: indole amines, tryptamines and phenethylamines. ”

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“While the DEA assesses potential for abuse, others believe it has medical value for treating depression and pain and other illnesses, has religious significance, and is associated with low abuse propensity,” the proposal said.

The plants are difficult to study because they are federally classified as Category 1 drugs, but some researchers have found that psilocybin mushrooms can reduce depression and anxiety in cancer patients, MDMA might reduce symptoms of PTSD, and LSD in the treatment of Alcoholism Might Help.

Psilocybin or “magic mushrooms” can be seen in an undated photo provided by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in Washington, USA, May 7, 2019. DEA / handout via REUTERS.

Harvard Law School launched the Project on Psychedelics Law and Regulation this summer to examine the legal framework surrounding psychedelic research.

“Preliminary research suggests that psychedelics could be of great benefit to people with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder,” Harvard law professor Jeannie Suk Gersen said in a statement.

“By analyzing social, legal, and political barriers to entry in this context, we hope to advance understanding of their potential impact as therapeutics.”

A Detroit Police Department spokesman told Fox News that they “did not take a position on the ordinance at this point.”

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Wayne County Attorney’s Office, Kym Worthy, did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

In September, Senator Adam Hollier of Detroit and Jeff Irwin of Washtenaw County tabled a bill that would decriminalize psychedelic drugs nationwide.

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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