Election 2020: Psychedelics on the Ballot in Washington D.C.

Oregon is not the only jurisdiction with psilocybin (and other controlled psychedelic plant substances) on the ballot this fall. For our coverage of Oregon’s Measure 109, see:

On the other side of the country our nation’s capital has its own ballot initiative on psychedelics, Initiative 81, formally known as the Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020. Some news organizations have labeled Initiative 81 as a “decriminalization” measure, but it’s important to recognize that even if Initiative 81 passes, psychedelics won’t be “legal” in D.C. Initiative 81 does the following:

It makes the “investigation and arrest of adults for non-commercial planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, possessing, and/or engaging in practices with entheogenic plants and fungi among the Metropolitan Police Department’s lowest law enforcement priorities”; and Codifies that “the people of the District of Columbia call upon the Attorney General for the District of Columbia and the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia to cease prosecution of residents of the District of Columbia for these activities.”

So Initiative 81 does not mean that persons may not be prosecuted for the possession, cultivation and so forth of psilocybin and it doesn’t make psilocybin “legal” in any sense.  Psilocybin

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