DC Voters Approve Initiative Decriminalizing Psychedelic Plants

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Mary Margaret Olohan Social Issues Reporter
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Washington, D.C. voters approved an initiative decriminalizing the use of magic mushrooms and other psychedelic plants Tuesday night.

Initiative 81, the Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020, makes the prosecution of those using or selling psychedelic plants “among the Metropolitan Police Department’s lowest law enforcement priorities,” the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Decision Desk HQ reported late Tuesday evening that over 76% of votes for the ballot initiative were in favor of the initiative. (RELATED: Madison Cawthorn Wins North Carolina Congressional Seat)

City government employee Melissa Lavasani, who introduced the initiative and has said that using microdoses of psychedelic mushrooms helped her through postpartum depression, said Tuesday that she hopes the initiative will help normalize plant medicine.

“We have changed the game here,” she said, according to the Post. “We have shifted this dialogue. We are trying to normalize mental health.”

The initiative now goes to the D.C. Council for review, the Post reported, and if it is not overturned, it will go to Congress for review. The initiative will go into effect if Congress does not reject it within 30 days.

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