Seattle votes to decriminalize certain psychedelics

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Seattle’s city council voted unanimously Monday to decriminalize psilocybin and other naturally occurring psychedelics. bloomberg Report.

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why it matters: The city’s move comes amid widespread discussions about the medical application of psychedelic drugs and their potential applications to treat a range of mental and behavioral health disorders.

  • previous studies have indicated psychedelics Can be safely administered in combination with other treatments and this treatment may reduce depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and substance use disorders, writes Nerdshala Alison Sinder.
  • Other cities such as Denver and Ann Arbor, Mich. have also implemented similar policies for delinquency. psilocybin, per bloomberg.

description: The City Council passed the measure that “the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of anyone involved in Enthogen-related activities must be one of the City of Seattle’s lowest law enforcement priorities,” the resolution reads.

  • The city council also said that they would make changes to the municipal code.

What are they saying: “A community conversation aimed at reconciling government policy with emerging medical research about the potential benefits of psychedelics is already well underway,” Council Member Andrew Lewis said in a statement. Statement.

  • “In a medically appropriate and supervised environment, people who have experienced severe trauma may benefit from these substances. We need to join the national conversation,” he said.

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