April 25-26, 2020

70+ psychedelic visionaries, researchers, healers, veterans and Indigenous knowledge holders will present three simultaneous tracks of talks and breakout sessions to discuss the future of Psychedelic Liberty.

Efforts to decriminalize or legalize psychedelics have picked up steam around the United States, leading to many important questions: What do we need to know about psilocybin decriminalization initiatives?;  What rights do people have to ameliorate pain and suffering?; What does it mean to allow for cognitive liberty?; What does FDA regulation of MDMA and psilocybin mean for other uses?; What discontinuities exist between recreational, therapeutic and religious use of psychedelics?; What is the future legal markets and the commercialization of psychedelics?

These questions and more will be explored at Chacruna’s Psychedelic Liberty Summit on April 25-26, 2020 . Highlights from the schedule include:

  • Panel with David Bronner, Kevin Matthews, Ryan Munevar and Ariel Clark – A Nuts & Bolts Discussion of Psychedelic Law Reform
  • Panel with Victoria Hale, Greg Kearns, Ronan Levy and Brian Anderson – Perspectives on Commercialization and Medicalization of Psychedelics
  • Panel with Dawn Davis, Christine Diindiisi McCleave, Nicole HorseherderWahleah Johns and Belinda Eriacho – What do Native American Women Voices Have to Tell Us about Peyote and Traditional Plant Medicine Ceremonies?
  • Dawn D. Davis – Habitat Loss, Decriminalization, Conservation and Legalization Frameworks of Peyote
  • Sean McAllister – Denver Psilocybin Initiative: Update on Implementation and Implication for Future Psychedelic Decriminalization Initiatives
  • Amy Emerson and Alia Lilienstein – Status of MDMA – Assisted Psychotherapy Development Program
  • Kevin Feeney – Peyote as Commodity: An Examination of Market Actors and Access Mechanisms
  • Jag Davies – Psychedelics and the War on Drugs: What Can We Learn from Cannabis Legalization and Other Social Justice Movements?
  • Sandor Iron Rope – Sacred Peyote Conservation
  • Kufikiri Imara – Decriminalization in Oakland: A One Year Retrospective on Outreach, Education, & Access
  • Joseph Rhea – Psychedelic Integration: Administrative Law and Criminal Law Implications for Practitioners
  • Monnica T. Williams – Psychedelic Psychotherapy is Coming: Who Will be Included?
  • Troy – Peyote and the Eagle in Comanche Culture
  • Launch of North Star, an organization focused on setting ethical guidelines for new psychedelic businesses to deliver equitable and affordable access to psychedelic-healing.

In addition to these plenary talks, the Psychedelic Liberty Summit will host breakout session discussion groups on topics including:

  • Lessons psychedelic advocates learn from cannabis regulations and industry
  • Safe, ethical, inclusive and sustainable sourcing for psychedelic plants and materials
  • Strengthening the role of people of color in psychedelic advocacy
  • Issues surrounding DEA Religious Exemptions for Psychedelics
  • The legalization of psychedelics in a post-prohibition world
  • Commodification of psychedelics and the emergence of psychedelic corporations
  • Veterans rights for access to psychedelics and plant medicines

AND MUCH MORE! View the full schedule at https://chacruna.net/psychedelic-liberty-summit/

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About Chacruna                                

The Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines, an organization founded by Brazilian anthropologist Dr. Bia Labate, produces high-quality research on plant medicines and psychedelics, and helps propagate academic knowledge in more accessible formats. We educate the public and create cultural understanding and legitimacy regarding these substances so that they may cease to be stigmatized and outlawed. Chacruna also promotes a bridge between the world of plant medicines and the emergent field of psychedelic science, between “traditional ceremonial use” and clinical and therapeutic settings, bringing the knowledge and perspectives of the social sciences to health care professionals and practitioners of psychedelic- assisted therapy. Finally, we foster cultural and political reflections on the field of psychedelic science and facilitate conversations about controversial topics that have been simmering on the sidelines as psychedelics go mainstream.

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