On the 6th of September 2022, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors offered collective approval to a resolution. In this resolution, entheogens and their compounds were decriminalized for adult use. 

Also, according to the resolution, entheogens refer to full spectrum fungi, natural materials, and plants that inspire spiritual and physical well-being. Some of the entheogens on the list include ibogaine, DMT, ayahuasca, and psilocybin.

The aim of the resolution is more than to decriminalize the possession of these substances. It covers different grounds, including planting, cultivating, transporting, purchasing, distributing, and participating in practices with these substances. Also, there are no limits on the quantities of entheogens in the resolution.

This resolution made San Francisco the fourth California city to decriminalize psychedelics. The other cities are Santa Cruz, Oakland, and Arcata. Many other cities within the United States have decriminalized psilocybin or other entheogens. The entire state of Oregon has also decriminalized these substances.

In a press release, one of the sponsors of the resolution, Supervisor Dean Preston, said the following:

“I am proud to work with Decriminalize Nature to put San Francisco on record supporting the decriminalization of psychedelics and entheogens.”

San Francisco is now among countries and cities interested in plant-based medicines and destigmatizing their cultivation and use. This collective approval is a great step forward for the psychedelic movement.

Also, the state legislators in Sacramento recently drew a senate bill (SB 519) to decriminalize possession of little quantities of psychedelic substances in the state. 

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ collective approval is a major signal to the legislators in Sacramento. It’s expected that Sacramento’s bill will be reintroduced anytime soon. Sen. Scott Wiener is the sponsor of the bill, and he represents a district in San Francisco.

Important Warning About the Resolution: 

Entheogens are Schedule 1 controlled substances at the state and federal levels. Therefore, prosecutors and police can legally bring changes against anyone selling or possessing these substances.

The San Francisco resolution is important because it will lower the strictness of law enforcement around entheogens in the city. It’s up to the city’s district attorney, Brooke Jenkins, and SFPD Chief Bill Scott to make the advice an official policy. A key point to note is that Brooke Jenkins previously vowed to enforce stricter drug laws.

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