On Monday 22nd of September the Ann Arbor, Michigan City Council voted to decriminalize a variety of different psychedelic substances.
The proposal was brought before local lawmakers by Decriminalize Nature Ann Arbor. Once passed, it would make it so that the enforcement of laws against a wide range of substances such as psilocybin and ayahuasca would be among the city’s lowest of policing priorities.
The final resolution of the proposal declares “that the investigation and arrest of individuals with the personal use, growth, and possession of entheogenic plants, including those scheduled at state and federal levels, be the lowest priority for the city of ann arbor.”
The resolution also states that the use of “plants, fungi, and natural materials” for their compounds “can benefit psychological and physical wellness, support and enhance religious and spiritual practices, and can re-establish human’s inalienable and direct relationship to nature”
Democratic council members Anne Bannister and Jeff Hayner both sponsored the resolution.
In a press release, Jeff Hayner stated “Decriminalization of naturally occurring medicines is necessary for progress,” and that, “We can no longer turn a blind eye towards the wisdom of indigenous peoples, and the bounty the earth provides. I have been moved by the testimonies of those who have found profound relief from the use of entheogenic plants.”
Watch the council meeting below:
The resolution does not permit the commercial sale or manufacturing of the plants and fungi as well as possession or distribution “in schools, driving under the influence of these materials, or public disturbance”
You can view the details of the proposal, as well as download the Final Resolution document, on the City of Ann Arbor Legislation Website.