Decriminalize Nature Oakland

Decriminalize Nature Oakland is an educational campaign to inform Oakland residents about the value of entheogenic plants and fungi. DNO has passed a resolution in June 2019 in Oakland decriminalizing entheogenic plants. www.decriminalizenature.org
Decriminalize Nature Oakland

Background: This table has been created by Decriminalize Nature (DN) in response to a blog post by David Bronner titled “Why We Support the 2020 Ballot Measure That Would Legalize and Regulate Psilocybin Therapy in Oregon on his Dr. Bronner’s All-One! Blog. DN is concerned that a growing number of individuals do not understand the nexus between selective and specialized legalization and the potential for an increase in criminalization. When only certain groups or practices are authorized to utilize certain naturally occurring plants and fungi, it increases the probability of criminalization and/or reduction of access to the general population by creating pressures toward restricting personal access and agency. While we believe everyone’s intentions are good, we also believe any act of legalization or decriminalization must incorporate, or lead with, full decriminalization of all entheogenic plants and fungi on the Federal Schedule 1 list. Our intention is to prevent the harms of prohibition, decrease arrests, and ensure access is not reduced for anyone.

(Items in blue below are directly from Dr. Bronner’s table analyzing the FDA approval process, Oregon’s Psilocybin Service Initiative of 2020, and Decriminalize Nature campaigns. To ensure a full analysis, the added items represent the benefits of the efforts to Decriminalize Nature).

 

 

Decriminalize Nature campaigns 2019+

Oregon’s Psilocybin Service Initiative of 2020

FDA approval process:2021 for MDMA and 2023 for psilocybin-assisted therapy

Addresses set and setting and requires therapeutic contexts to optimize outcomes for these powerful medicines, through training and licensing facilitators following best practices pioneered in research studies, and requires screening for applicants for contraindications

N

Y

Y

Believes grassroots education and community is the best approach to addressing set and setting that is culturally-relevant.

Y

N

N

Does not have vague guidelines as to what qualifies someone for a license.

Y

N

Y

Empowers the people to engage with their elected officials at the local level to affirm their own sacred relationship to nature.

Y

N

N

Legalizes and regulates production, selling, delivery and administration of medicine in supervised facilities, and does not simply decriminalize possession while all other activities are illegal, underground, and unregulated.

N

Y

Y

Decriminalizes home grows and natural foraging (excluding harvesting endangered plants). Believes in the model of grow, gather, and gift. Emphasizes exchange over commerce.

Y

N

N

Emphasizes our inalienable right to develop our own relationship to nature.

Y

N

N

Encourages equitable access to ensure disenfranchised communities are not left out.

Y

N

N

Understands statements like “we don’t have enough research”, or “we need regulations” ignores long traditions of ancestral relationships worldwide with plants and fungi. 

Y

N

N

Recognizes entheogenic plants and fungi have a long history of use compared to psilocybin-assisted therapy, and there is no research to support psilocybin-assisted therapy is more beneficial compared to non-clinical settings.

Y

N

N

Sustainability and quality of medicine are addressed 

N

Y

Y

Allows personal cultivation of entheogenic plants and fungi.

Y

N

N

Encourages ethical and sustainable sourcing of plant and fungi material, as well as community gardens to cultivate plants that are losing their habitats worldwide to mining and agro-business.

Y

N

N

Prefers natural over synthetic or other materials such as “biologically-derived” GMO engineered E. coli synthesis.

Y

?

N

Acknowledges the natural entourage effect, not reduced to a single chemical constituent. Understands psilocybin is different than mushrooms containing psilocybin.

Y

N

N

Controls for big cannabis scenario through limiting the size of production grows and number of facilities any one licensee can have. No branding or marketing of psilocybin allowed.

N/A

Y

N

Recognizes the inherent risks of for-profit corporations commodifying the sacred, and encourages non-profits, churches, collectives, sole proprietorships, and cooperatives as models.

Y

N

N

Don’t need a medical diagnosis to access therapy, which will be much less expensive than the FDA medicalization route and model

N/A

Y

N

Allows for micro-dosing.

Y

N

N

Easily accessible for those suffering from cluster headaches.

Y

N

N

Includes plants that can be beneficial for treating opioid use disorder. 

Y

N

N

Does insurance cover therapy?

N/A

No, but the therapy is much cheaper

Yes, but only for narrow qualifying conditions; otherwise very expensive for tightly restricted off-label use

Understands that while the medical/scientific/therapeutic system has had profound benefits for society, it also has a long history of systematic and institutional bias and is inaccessible to many by cost and cultural ethos.

Y

N

N

Free to use at concerts, in nature, at home, and other settings besides a therapeutic context at licensed supervised facilities

Y

N

N

For the few that fit the inclusion criteria, “a therapeutic context at licensed supervised facilities” is the primary mode of access.

N

Y

Y

Won’t be arrested if you simply possess outside of a licensed supervised facility 

Y

N

N

Has succeeded in changing local policy.

Y

N

N

Has the greatest impact on reducing arrests related to the War on Drugs.

Y

N

N

Reduces opportunities for conflict between LEO and public.

Y

N

N

Supporting a quickly growing nationwide grassroots movement to decriminalize nature.

Y

N

N

Offers all of their information open-source and open-access requiring little cost for communities looking to replicate similar proposals.

Y

N

N

Is helping to support communities to propose similar initiatives in Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, and Ashland/Grant’s Pass.

Y

?

N

Disclaimer: This table might be updated or modified in the future. Feel free to send your comments and suggestions to info@decriminalizenature.org!


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