These drugs are defined by the DEA as having no accepted medical use and are top of the list for enforcement.
So far, it’s unclear what impact the motion will actually have on policing psychedelics in San Francisco. Certain psychedelic practices, such as the use of ayahuasca in certain religious contexts, are already protected in the United States under the principle of religious freedom, according to the resolution.
San Francisco police have not set a specific policy regarding entheogen use, KPIX-TV reported.
“I am proud to work with Decrim Nature to put San Francisco on the record in favor of the decriminalization of psychedelics and entheogens,” Preston, co-sponsor of the resolution, said in a statement.
“San Francisco joins a growing list of cities and countries taking a fresh look at these herbal medicines, following the science and data, and destigmatizing their use and culture. Today’s unanimous vote is an exciting step forward.”
The measure also urges the California and federal governments to decriminalize their use.
The resolution defines entheogens as “the full spectrum of plants, fungi, and natural materials that can inspire personal and spiritual well-being, can benefit psychological and physical well-being, and can restore the inalienable and direct relationship of man with nature”.
The resolution cites research that has found psychedelics to have significant health benefits, having been used in the treatment of PTSD, opiate and methamphetamine addiction, depression and cluster headaches.
“There is an unmet need in San Francisco communities for the compassionate and effective care that these drugs provide,” Decrim SF said in its statement.