As the nationwide marijuana debate continues, it is understandable that other recreational drugs fall under scrutiny. Many advocates now push for the decriminalization of the possession of entheogens. Entheogens describe fungi and plants that fall under the psychedelic category.
According to Marijuana Moment, the Seattle City council passed a resolution over entheogens. It aims to change how law enforcement approaches these types of drugs.
Mimicking marijuana policy — not mirroring
Advocates of this decriminalization helped shape this resolution. They looked at the positives and negatives of the marijuana industry. This included pursuing the right to grow and share psychedelic plants with other adults. This is in contrast to marijuana where home cultivation remains illegal.
The resolution decriminalized the noncommercial activity of a wide range of these entheogens by making it Seattle’s policy to not arrest or persecute people for possession. This policy hopes to protect the religious, spiritual and personal growth practices of these plants.
The policy declares a new prioritization for law enforcement with regards to entheogens. This includes the investigation, arrest or prosecution of anyone indulging in psychedelic-related activities. The new priority makes these charges some of the lowest for law enforcement.
One exception to this decriminalization is the use of peyote, which remains illegal. This caveat is to maintain the ecological and cultural importance of the plant in indigenous peoples’ hands.
Possessing entheogens outside of Seattle
Seattle’s enforcement policy does not necessarily reflect the policies of the Yakima valley. That makes possession a grey area in terms of misdemeanor and punishment. Anyone facing such criminal defense charges may want to learn more on the subject when assembling a defense.