Ann Arbor Decriminalizes Mushrooms And Other Psychedelic Plants
On September 21st, Ann Arbor became one of the few cities in the nation to decriminalize psychedelic plants and fungi.
The city council voted unanimously to pass the resolution and Ann Arbor joined Denver, Oakland, and Santa Cruz in decriminalizing a plethora of psychedelic plants. According to an article by AP News, "The move applies to ayahuasca, ibogaine, mescaline, peyote, psilocybin mushrooms and other substances with hallucinogenic properties considered illegal under state and federal law."
The Washtenaw County prosecutor’s office has stopped all prosecution of people involved in the used of the substances that are now decriminalized. The resolution also makes the it the city's "lowest law enforcement priority to investigate and arrest anyone for planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, engaging in practices with or possessing entheogenic plants or plant compounds.", according to an article by MLive.com.
Despite many citing mental health benefits of psychedelics, health officials from around the state have began to issue warning about their use. The decriminalization is effective immediately.