Ann Arbor Relaxes Laws on Psychedelic Mushrooms

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Ann Arbor Relaxes Laws on Psychedelic Mushrooms

Ann Arbor police will no longer be making it a priority to enforce state laws against psychedelic drugs.


The city council voted this week to make enforcing these laws the lowest law enforcement priority. This effectively decriminalizes the use and possession of psychedelic mushrooms and similar plants. The vote was unanimous.


City council members said they were swayed by evidence that these plants are effective for medicinal use and that they are also important in some religious observances. They said that they were not condoning anyone breaking the law, but they did not think that police resources should be focused on imposing criminal penalties on those using these drugs.


Supporters of this resolution contend that it will stop police from arresting people who are using the drugs to improve their psychological well being. According to the resolution, these drugs can alleviate a significant number of medical problems. Opponents, however, argue that the hallucinogenic drugs are dangerous, and that the city council's action is promoting illegal activity.


The decriminalization resolution covers ayahuasca, ibogaine, mescaline, peyote, psilocybin mushrooms. Anyone within city limits who plants, cultivates, transports, distributes, or possesses these drugs is unlikely to face any action by city law enforcement officials. The drugs remain illegal under both state and federal law.


Three other cities have decriminalized hallucinogenic drugs: Denver, Oakland, and Santa Cruz.


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