Michigan Legalizing Mushrooms
Detroit has joined a growing number of cities and states that have decriminalized entheogenic plants and mushrooms, colloquially known as “magic mushrooms” and psychedelics. All this evidence has led to a strong trend in Europe and North America to legalize psilocybin for medical purposes. There`s also pressure to decriminalize magic mushrooms across Michigan — but that`s still ongoing. Senator Jeff Irwin introduced Bill 631 to decriminalize magic mushrooms and make them available for therapeutic purposes. You can find these mushrooms on pastures, in forests and gardens. To support this movement, a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine compared psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in magic mushrooms, and escitalopram, a drug sold under the name Lexapro, as a treatment for major depression. The results suggest that mushrooms may be more effective than major depressive treatment drugs such as Lexapro. Studies such as the one published in the New England Journal are one of the main reasons why a growing number of communities are considering decriminalizing the use of entheogenic plants, including magic mushrooms. Entheogenic plants include psilocybin mushrooms, ibogaine from Africa, ayahuasca from South America, and peyote and mescaline from some cacti. Our office will continue to monitor Senate Bill 631 and other legislative and policy changes regarding magic mushrooms and inform our clients accordingly. While legalization and retail are still a long way off, it looks like magic mushrooms will soon make the same leap as marijuana over the past decade. A synthesized version of the substance found naturally in hallucinogenic mushrooms shows promise in treating anxiety and depression in cancer patients, according to new studies.
Photo by Roger Cremers/Bloomberg via Getty Images Magic mushrooms can be seen at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands, Friday, Aug. 3, 2007. Procare is the largest producer of hallucinatory mushrooms in the Netherlands and supplies more than half of the market, a legal activity in the Netherlands, as long as they are sold fresh. It`s high season for tourists, but for many, the focus is on the word high. Thousands of people come specifically to smoke marijuana without fear of getting into trouble with the police. A relatively small number of them are interested in taking a “journey” on a trip involving psychedelic mushrooms. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) ORG XMIT: CLE2014071116553428 Detroit residents voted to decriminalize entheogenic plants, including psychedelic mushrooms, in Tuesday`s election. But that doesn`t mean you can start growing your own mushrooms or selling them commercially. Detroit residents voted to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms, also known as “magic mushrooms,” in the last November election, becoming the second Michigan city to do so. Ann Arbor decriminalized magic mushrooms in 2020. Grand Rapids is also well on its way to implementing a policy change regarding magic mushrooms. In 2019, Denver became the first U.S.
city to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms. The city was followed by Oakland and Santa Cruz in California, which decriminalized all entheogenic plants defined by the voting initiative as plant and fungal species containing ibogaine, dimethyltryptamine, mescaline, psilocybin or psilocyn. Other cities are following the lead of Michigan and these other states. In the state, the Ann Arbor City Council voted to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms in October 2020, making it the fourth city in the United States and the first in Michigan to do so. Washtenaw County District Attorney Eli Savit had previously said he had no intention of “continuing the use or possession of entheogenic plants in any other part of the county.” We treat magic mushrooms, LSD, DMT, ketamine, MDMA and more. Wild magic mushroom species can be found almost anywhere in the world. In Michigan, at least 12 species of magic mushrooms have been discovered in the wild. In addition to enabling individual use, the initiative would also include “the provision of related monitoring, referral, therapeutic, harm reduction, spiritual, counselling, and support services, with or without remuneration, by individuals eighteen (18) years of age to individuals eighteen (18) years of age and older who engage in the intentional and consented use of natural plants and fungi,” Activate.
This provision could anticipate the arrival of a new psychedelic-centric business model in Michigan. In particular, including recognition in Michigan`s legal framework that natural plants and mushrooms can be part of the provision of therapeutic, spiritual, or, for lack of a better term, wellness services — for a fee — would provide a solid legal foundation upon which psychedelic experience-focused businesses could be built. However, an important caveat in the initiative is that a company wishing to provide such services should be designated by a hospital or psychiatric hospital qualified for this purpose in order to comply with the law. At the heart of the initiative is the addition of a section to the Michigan Public Health Code that explicitly decriminalizes “the possession, use, cultivation, production, creation, testing, donation, and supply of psilocybin, psilocyne, ibogaine, mescaline, peyote, and dimethyltryptamine by or between persons eighteen (18) years of age or older.” which the initiative describes as “natural plants and fungi”. The proposed new article – MCL 333.7462 – contains provisions that apply to persons over the age of 18 as well as to psychiatric hospitals and hospitals. Oregon went one step further and legalized magic mushrooms around the same time last year. Currently, the city of Detroit will not prioritize arrests for the use and possession of entheogenic plants. However, personal possession and therapeutic use of magic mushrooms by adults remains illegal. Decriminalization means such acts become the city`s lowest law enforcement priority, and no criminal charges will be laid against those found in possession. Grand Rapids city commissioners voted in October to “support” the decriminalization of psychedelic mushrooms, but have yet to pass any proposals. Detroit`s proposal comes as many states and cities have decriminalized or legalized the medical or recreational use of marijuana or cannabis and are now beginning to do the same with plants or entheogenic fungi. Denver was the first city to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms in 2019.
Since then, Oregon, Rhode Island, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, as well as eight other U.S. cities, have decriminalized entheogenic plants and fungi in one way or another. The city of Ann Arbor, Michigan is the latest city to decriminalize the use of natural psychedelics — including magic mushrooms, peyote, San Pedro, ayahuasca, iboga, and more. “When people are forced to face the facts of this issue, more and more people are siding with decriminalization and ending the prohibition of these substances,” he said. In September 2020, the Ann Arbor City Council unanimously passed a bill to decriminalize the possession, non-commercial use, and cultivation of entheogenic plants and fungi. Shortly thereafter, the Washtenaw County Public Prosecutor`s Office issued a policy to make prosecuting people for crimes involving plants and entheogenic fungi its “lowest priority.” Other studies show that psilocybin therapy can boost creativity and improve problem-solving skills. “If you look at these entheogenic substances, they don`t cause problems in our communities,” Irwin said. “Overall, these are the types of substances that have medicinal value and have a long history of cultural and religious significance. And they have a very low propensity to abuse. And so, for all these reasons, it makes perfect sense to stop wasting time and money arresting and prosecuting people for use. This month, the Michigan Board of Canvassers approved a voting initiative calling on Michiganns to decriminalize certain psychedelic plants and mushrooms.
Titled “Michigan Decriminalization of Psilocybin Mushrooms and Other Plants and Fungi Initiative” (the “Initiative”), the proposal seeks to include Michigan in the ranks of states that have opened their laws to allow the use of natural psychedelics, sometimes called entheogens, and also proposes interesting changes to the state`s drug laws. which are not necessarily limited to psychedelics and mushrooms.