Psychedelics – assisted psychotherapy in Michigan
Six months after Decriminalize Nature Ann Arbor successfully persuaded city council members in Ann Arbor, Michigan to vote to decriminalize psychedelic drugs, citing the promise they keep in treating mental health problems, some members of the organization are now attempting to do the same with state lawmakers.
The recently formed Decimalize Nature MI group is ramping up efforts to gather signatures for a ballot initiative, with the aim of hitting Michigan voters by the end of the year. The ballot is still being finalized, but supporters hope it will reflect the legislation passed by Ann Arbor lawmakers in September, such as instructing police not to waste public money or resources investigating possession or private production for noncommercialized use of psychedelic therapies.
Psilocybin, contained in more than 100 species of mushrooms; mescaline, found in the San Pedro and peyote cacti; ibogaine, derived from the African shrub iboga; and dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a component of ayahuasca tea produced from South American plants, are among the psychedelics planned to be included in the measure. The Controlled Substances Act officially classifies them all as Schedule 1 drugs.