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Atlanta city lawmakers discuss psychedelics measure recently filed Councilmember Liliana Bakhtiari.

WHEREAS, Entheogenic Plants and Fungi, defined herein as the full spectrum of plants, fungi, and natural materials and/or their extracted compounds, limited to those containing the following types of compounds: indole amines, tryptamines, and phenethylamines; that can benefit psychological and physical wellness, support and enhance religious and spiritual practices, and

WHEREAS, the City of Atlanta currently has many other priorities for the use of its funds, staff and law enforcement resources; and

WHEREAS, substance abuse, addiction, recidivism, trauma, post-traumatic stress symptoms, –chronic depression, severe anxiety, end-of-life anxiety, grief, cluster headaches, and other debilitating conditions are present in our community; and

WHEREAS, the use of Entheogenic Plants, Fungi, and Spores, which can catalyze profound experiences of personal and spiritual growth, have been shown by scientific and clinical studies and traditional practices to be beneficial to the health and well-being of individuals and communities in addressing these conditions; and

WHEREAS, practices with Entheogenic Plants, Fungi, and Spores have long existed and have been considered to be sacred to human cultures and interrelationships with nature for thousands of years, and

WHEREAS, individuals seeking to improve their health and well-being through the use of Entheogenic Plants and Fungi fear arrest and prosecution due to current legal prohibitions; and

WHEREAS, the United Nations considers Entheogenic Plant and Fungi material used for ritual purposes as excluded from Schedule 1 substances; and

WHEREAS, the Entheogenic Plant practices of certain groups are already explicitly protected in the U.S. under the principle of religious freedom; and

WHEREAS, Entheogenic plants such as Ibogaine have been shown to alleviate treatment resistant cases of opiate and methamphetamine addiction at higher rates than other treatment; and

WHEREAS, Entheogenic Plants or combinations of plants such as Ayahuasca that contain Dimethyltryptamine (a naturally occurring compound in the human body) that can be beneficial in treating addiction, depression, and in catalyzing profound experiences of personal and spiritual growth; and

WHEREAS, Entheogenic plants such as cacti that contain phenethylamine compounds (such as mescaline), can be beneficial in the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction and for individual spiritual growth, and have been utilized in sacred initiation and community healing by diverse religious and cultural traditions for millennia and continue to be used for healing and as religious sacraments in modern times; and

 

WHEREAS, psilocybin, naturally occurring in Entheogenic mushrooms, can alleviate end-of-life anxiety for hospice and terminal cancer patients, can reduce prison recidivism, can effectively treat substance abuse, depression, and cluster headaches.

 

WHEREAS, the Atlanta City Council has a responsibility to protect and support its residents from any violation of their treatment options and any criminalization of the exercise thereof.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA, that the Atlanta City Council hereby requests that the investigation and arrest of persons for planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, engaging in practices with, or possessing Entheogenic Plants, Fungi, and Spores or plant compounds which are on the Federal Schedule 1 list shall be the lowest law enforcement priority for the Atlanta Police Department; and city funds or resources shall not be used in any investigation, detention, arrest, or prosecution arising out of alleged violations of state and federal law regarding the use of Entheogenic Plants, Fungi, and Spores.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution does not authorize or enable any of the following activities: commercial sales or manufacturing of these plants, fungi, and spores, possessing or distributing these materials in schools, driving under the influence of these materials, or public disturbance; and any significant violation of this section may result in law enforcement involvement by the City of Atlanta.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that if any provision of this resolution is declared by a court of competent jurisdiction to be contrary to any statute, regulation, or judicial decision, so that its applicability to any agency, person, or circumstance is held invalid, the validity of the remainder of this resolution and its applicability to any other agency, person, or circumstance shall not be affected.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that all resolutions or parts of resolutions in conflict herewith are hereby waived to the extent of the conflict.

 

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