Seattle City Council votes to decriminalize psychedelic drug use, cultivation

Someone get Father John Misty's shaman on the phone...
Psilocybin mushrooms
Psilocybin mushrooms are among the drugs that police have been instructed not to bother you about Photo credit gettyimages // yarygin

This week the Seattle City Council instructed the Seattle Police Department to just move along when it comes to psychedelic drugs - both people using them and their cultivation.

I'm sorry, what was that?

Yep, Resolution 32021 declares that "the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of anyone engaging in entheogen-related (psychedelic) activities should be among Seattle’s lowest law enforcement priorities... and have been shown to benefit the well-being of individuals suffering from depression, severe anxiety, problematic substance use, post-traumatic stress, end-of-life anxiety, grief, and intergenerational trauma. These and other physical and mental conditions are plaguing many communities, which have been further demonstrated to be exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19."

Hold up. COVID got mushrooms decriminalized?

Seattle City Council member Andrew J Lewis was enthusiastic regarding, "It is a long overdue conversation to decriminalize these non-addictive natural substances. Our law enforcement officials certainly have more important things to do* than arrest people for possession of entheogens, and this resolution affirms that."

If you're still here, then this should be right up your alley:

Welcome back! Seattle joins jurisdictions in the United States, including Oakland, California; Santa Cruz, California; Denver, Colorado; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Washington, D.C.; and the State of Oregon, which have decriminalized some or all entheogens; Portugal, Brazil, Jamaica, and the Netherlands have also decriminalized some or all psychedelics.

In related news, sales of Tame Impala albums has tripled in the greater Seattle area.

*like getting COVID vaccines...