Berkeley says ‘yes’ to psychedelics — with limits

Berkeley’s City Council effectively legalized a range of psychedelic substances within city limits Tuesday, unanimously voting to de-prioritize enforcement of state and federal laws against entheogenic and psychedelic plants and fungi.

The measure was designed, in part, for users of certain psychedelics to be able to access health resources within the city without fear of legal repercussions, similar to other harm-reduction measures like needle exchanges, according to the text of the resolution. It also opens Berkeley’s doors to researchers looking into ways of using psychedelics to treat mental health issues.

The final version of the resolution still forbids “giving away, sharing, distributing, transferring, dispensing, or administering” psychedelics.

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