Decriminalize Psychedelic Plants & Fungi in San Francisco

James McConchie started this petition to:
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Already Denver and Oakland have passed decriminalization legislation, and Berkeley is aiming to hold their final vote by December, 2019. It's time San Francisco, the birthplace of the psychedelic revolution, become a leader in standing for justice, nature and public health.

A growing body of scientific research is proving what indigenous people have known for millenia, entheogenic plants and mushrooms (e.g. Ayahuasca and Psilocybin) are:

- Not addictive
- Can be beneficial for easing depression and PTSD
- Low risk for physical harm and toxicity
- Can confer varied health, mental and spiritual benefits

And yet the city of San Francisco still prosecutes the cultivation and growth of these plants and fungi. It's time for San Francisco to decriminalize nature.

WHEREAS, Entheogenic Plants (1), based on the term “entheogen”, originally conceived by Ott, Ruck, and other colleagues from a working group of anthropologists and ethnobotanists in 1979; and defined herein as the full spectrum of plants, fungi, and natural materials deserving reverence and respect from the perspective of the individual and the collective, that can inspire personal and spiritual well-being, can benefit psychological and physical wellness, and can reestablish human’s inalienable and direct relationship to nature, and

WHEREAS substance abuse, addiction, recidivism, trauma, post-traumatic stress symptoms, chronic depression, severe anxiety, end-of-life anxiety, grief, diabetes, cluster headaches, and other conditions are plaguing our community and that the use of Entheogenic Plants have been shown to be beneficial to the health and well-being of individuals and communities in addressing these afflictions via scientific and clinical studies and within continuing traditional practices, which can catalyze profound experiences of personal and spiritual growth; and

WHEREAS, practices with Entheogenic Plants have long existed and have been considered to be sacred to human cultures and human interrelationships with nature for thousands of years, and continue to be enhanced and improved to this day by religious and spiritual leaders, practicing professionals, mentors, and healers throughout the world, many of whom have been forced underground; and

WHEREAS, there is a lack of clarity as to whether such practices can be subject to law enforcement and therefore those seeking to improve their health and well-being through the use of Entheogenic Plants use them in fear of arrest and prosecution; and

WHEREAS, the Entheogenic Plant practices of certain groups are already explicitly protected in the U.S. under the doctrine of religious freedom -- for example the use of ayahuasca by two churches, a Santo Daime congregation and the União do Vegetal; and

WHEREAS, The United Nations considers Entheogenic Plant material used for ritual purposes as excluded from Schedule 1 substances; and

WHEREAS, Entheogenic plants containing ibogaine, for example, have been shown to alleviate treatment resistant cases of opiate and methamphetamine addiction at significantly higher rates than all other treatments for addiction. In addition, ibogaine is reported to be beneficial for addiction therapy related to specific work-related PTSD encountered by first responders such as EMT, police, and firefighters, as well as military veterans; and

WHEREAS, Entheogenic Plants or combinations of plants such as Ayahuasca that contain forms of DMT, a naturally occurring compound in the human body that is listed as a Schedule 1 substance, can lead to experiences that are reported as mystical or experientially similar to near death
experiences and that are can be demonstrably beneficial in treating addiction, depression, PTSD, and in catalyzing profound experiences of personal and spiritual growth; and

WHEREAS, Entheogenic cacti that contain phenethylamine compounds such as mescaline can be beneficial in healing drug and alcohol addiction and for individual spiritual growth, and have been utilized in sacred initiation and community healing by diverse religious and cultural traditions for millennia and continuing use as religious sacraments in modern times; and

WHEREAS, psilocybin, naturally occurring in Entheogenic mushrooms, can alleviate end-of-life anxiety for hospice and terminal cancer patients, can reduce prison recidivism, and can effectively treats depression, cluster headaches, and trauma; and

WHEREAS, a Johns Hopkins University study on “healthy-normals” found that psilocybin can occasion mystical-type experiences, which were considered one of the top five most meaningful experiences in a subject’s life for over 75% of their subjects within the first year after the study, and also found continuing positive life-style changes after a 14-month follow-up; and

WHEREAS, the City of San Francisco wishes to declare its desire not to expend City resources in any investigation, detention, arrest, or prosecution arising out of alleged violations of state and federal law regarding the use of Entheogenic Plants; NOW THEREFORE BE IT

RESOLVED, That the Mayor and City Council hereby declare that it shall be the policy of the City of San Francisco that no department, agency, board, commission, officer or employee of the city, including without limitation, San Francisco Police Department personnel, shall use any city funds or resources to assist in the enforcement of laws imposing criminal penalties for the use and possession of Entheogenic Plants by adults; AND BE IT FURTHER

RESOLVED, That the San Francisco City Council directs the City Administrator to instruct the City’s state and federal lobbyists to work in support of decriminalizing all Entheogenic Plants and plant-based compounds that are listed on the Federal Controlled Substances Schedule 1; AND BE IT FURTHER

RESOLVED That the Mayor and City Council hereby declare that it shall be the policy of the City of San Francisco that the investigation and arrest of adult persons for planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, engaging in practices with, and/or possessing Entheogenic Plants or plant compounds on the Federal Schedule 1 list shall be amongst the lowest law enforcement priority for the City of San Francisco; AND BE IT FURTHER

RESOLVED That the Mayor and City Council call upon the San Francisco County District Attorney to cease prosecution of persons involved in the use of Entheogenic Plants or plant-based compounds on the Federal Schedule 1 List; AND BE IT FURTHER

RESOLVED That if any provision of this resolution is declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to any statute regulation or judicial decision or its applicability to any agency person or circumstances is held invalid the validity of the remainder of this resolution and it applicability to any other agency person or circumstance shall not be affected.

(1) Refers to plants and natural sources (as defined herein), such as mushrooms, cacti, iboga containing plants and /or extracted combinations of plants similar to Ayahuasca; and limited to those containing the following types of compounds: indole amines, tryptamines, phenethylamines.

460 signatures. Let's get to 500!

Armen Levonian
How is it even possible to criminalize nature? Accusing nature of criminality must itself be a criminal act.
Ian Bollinger
I do not live in SF but am a huge advocate for Decriminalizing Nature. The movement is a true grassroots movement in my eyes and needs as much support as we can give it!
Marco Paredes
Nature should not be criminalized, it should be understood.
Chris Royall
Nature isn’t illegal
Rachel Rosen
Plant medicine is deeply healing and should not be criminalized! It’s helped me and so many others.
Donnie Hornbuckle
If not already mentioned already, our bodies produce DMT. Should we all be outlawed?
Joshua Kaufman
I deeply believe in the therapeutic potential of psychedelics, which have positively transformed my life in many ways, enabling me to live more consciously, creatively, and connectedly.
Kelly Kocellla
A signature to save a life, a simple decision for me.
Aubrey Freedman
Get rid of laws where there is no victim. Adults can decide for themselves whether to ingest or not--we don't need busybody politicians to decide for grown adults what's best for them.
Starchild (SF Libertarian
Please add the Libertarian Party of San Francisco to the organizations supporting this petition – We believe everyone has the right to choose what to put into their own bodies! And according to a recent Cato Institute poll, a majority of Americans now support decriminalizing ALL drugs,... show more
Eric Curiale
I signed on line but went to another email ; my email is [email protected] ; let me know how I can help . Eric Curiale
Michael James Piccoli
A new wave of the psychedelic revolution is in order. Prescription drug use has skyrocketed, for issues like anxiety, depression, insomnia, and many other conditions. These are not the solution, nature is the solution!
Jorge Navarro
I signed because the medicine must be freed
Bronwyn Elder
The therapeutic potential of these plants is enormous. Humanity should not be denied access to a safe alternative treatment simply because there is a powerful pharmaceutical lobby invested in making money over finding solutions.
Joseph Rhude
It’s criminal that it’s been prohibited
Clinton Johnson
I think that this war against "drugs" has done nothing for society and is in fact holding it back. Controlled drugs are not as controlled as they appear.
Nicholas Geranios
Psilocybin mushrooms made me a better human in personal social development. I'd still be a "violent criminal" if it weren't for the life changing trip I had 17 years ago. I have not used mushrooms since, but would like to very occasionally for spiritual growth.
Brad Johnson
Psilocybin, and other medicinal psychedelic plants, have great potential for healing with significantly minimal risk for causing harm.
Locking people up for eating something grown out of the ground is barbaric.
Research shows these plants are non-addictive and can be hugely beneficial for people dealing with depression and anxiety.
James McConchie
Entheogens are something really interesting and special. We don’t know why they have the ability to do what they do. They are an organic plant class of their own. These Fungi, cacti, and certain plants in combination have helped humanity for millennia as one of the keys to the mind that opens a... show more
These plants are not harmful. They help us deal with depression and emotional/psychological challenges. They help us end our dependency on addictive, physically harmful substances and behaviors. Education around careful use is important, but we need to stop criminalizing the human search for... show more

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