SHROOMS ARE ON THE D.C. BALLOT
Reason magazine|November 2020
SHROOMS ARE ON THE D.C. BALLOT
RESIDENTS OF WASHINGTON, D.C., will have a chance to vote for the decriminalization of certain psychedelic drugs this November. The reformers who canvassed for signatures for the initiative say they’re optimistic it will pass despite objections from Congress, which controls D.C. spending.
MAX DUNAT

In August, the D.C. Board of Elections certified that Decriminalize Nature D.C. had collected enough legitimate signatures to add Initiative 81 to the ballot. The Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020 would “make investigation and arrest of adults for...engaging in practices with entheogenic plants and fungi among the lowest law enforcement priorities for the District of Columbia,” according to the proposal. The law would not reduce penalties, but it does encourage D.C.’s attorney general and U.S. attorney to drop prosecutions for “non-commercial planting, non-commercial cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing” or possessing magic mushrooms, mescaline, and other natural psychedelics.

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