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Oakland is First City to Decriminalize Peyote, DMT and Most Other Psychedelics

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When word broke in June that Oakland had become the second city in America to decriminalize magic mushrooms, there was one major bit of news that was overlooked by most people: Oakland was the first city in America to decriminalize nearly ALL psychedelics!

That’s right, as Tryp Journal reported back in July, “On June 4, 2019, Oakland City Council voted to decriminalize the possession and use of all entheogenic plants.  This included magic mushrooms (psilocybin), ayahuasca (DMT), peyote and san pedro (mescaline), and iboga (ibogaine).”

Somehow people were so excited that they didn’t have to worry about getting prosecuted for ‘shrooms, that they didn’t notice all these other mind-altering substances were now also decriminalized.

As Nevin Long reported on, this does not mean these substances are legal. It means that “Oakland police would simply ignore their use and possession. The liberalization of how laws concerning plant-based psychedelics are enforced would not, however, extend to their sale.”

So next time you’re getting weird as fuck out in Oakland, getting popped by the police is one less thing you have to worry about. The fact that you might feel like you’re in bat country might be a different story though.

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

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