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...