Ann Arbor City Council Passes the Vote Unanimously
Ann Arbor City Council Meeting 9/21/20
I support the decriminalization of entheogenic plants. I believe the War on Drugs has been an abject failure, and I see no reason to criminalize–or prosecute–people for their use of such plants. That was my position before the Ann Arbor City Council resolution, and it’s true with even greater force afterwards.
The truth of the matter is, the vast majority of people who engage in substance use are able to do so without criminal consequences. But for an unlucky few, their decision to use substances results in harsh, life-changing penalties. The War on Drugs has thus created a cruel roulette wheel of sorts. And it’s a weighted wheel, as the data clearly shows that Black people and people of color are far more likely to face criminal consequences related to drug use than white people.
The Ann Arbor City Council resolution of course applies only in Ann Arbor. But, consistent with the resolution, I do not plan to prosecute the use or possession of entheogenic plants in any other part of the county.
– Eli Savit, Washtenaw County Prosecutor
To improve human health and societal well-being by decriminalizing and expanding access to entheogenic plants and fungi through political and community education and advocacy.
We envision happier, healthier individuals and communities reconnected to nature and entheogenic traditions and practices.
To decriminalize entheogenic plants, restore our root connection to nature, and improve human health, hope, and well-being.
What is an entheogen?
A class of psychoactive substances that, when ingested, induces a non-ordinary state of consciousness for therapeutic, medicinal, spiritual, or religious purposes.