San Francisco Moves to Decriminalize Psychedelics

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a measure that urges local police to make entheogenic plants “the lowest priority” for enforcement and requests that city resources “not be used for any investigation, detention, arrest, or prosecution.”

Entheogenic plants include drugs like psilocybin or “magic mushrooms,” peyote, and ayahuasca.

The resolution was sponsored by Supervisors Dean Preston and Hillary Ronen. It also calls for decriminalization of entheogenic plants at the state and federal level and advocates for further research into the substances’ therapeutic benefits.

"San Francisco joins a growing list of cities and countries that are taking a fresh look at these plant-based medicines, following science and data, and destigmatizing their use and cultivation,” said Preston. “Today's unanimous vote is an exciting step forward.”

Other cities that have moved to decriminalize psychedelics include Oakland, Santa Cruz, Denver and Seattle.

Read more at SFist.