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WHO WE ARE

Decriminalize Nature is an educational and advocacy campaign with a goal to improve Grand Rapids resident health including depression, end-of-life anxiety/suffering, and addiction.

 

Like over 100 cities across the country, we seek to decriminalize natural medicines that show promise at many medical research facilities including Johns Hopkins University & The US Food & Drug Administration. We pursue these health benefits by working to inform the community of promising new research about entheogenic plants and fungi. We hope to create an environment in which Grand Rapids will decriminalize these medicines. We advocate for Decriminalization of ancestral sacred plants or ancestral plant medicines. 

 

DNGR does not endorse or encourage any illegal behavior. This group is intended for educational purposes so that individuals may understand the issues surrounding the advocacy effort to decriminalize entheogens. An individual's presence as a member of this group or follower of this page does not constitute an implied or express endorsement of any decriminalize proposal or constitute an attempt or condonement of selling or supplying any illegal substances. 


 

TALKING POINTS

 

  • Like over 100 cities across the country, we seek to decriminalize natural entheogens to improve community health.

 

  • Entheogenic plants and fungi: such as mushrooms, cacti, iboga containing plants and /or extracted combinations of plants similar to Ayahuasca a plant or fungus said to generate or inspire the divine within

 

  • Entheogens show great promise to help treat many current mental health problems.

 

  • Natural entheogens we are working to decriminalize are:

    • Mushrooms containing psilocybin

    • Cacti containing mescaline (such as San Pedro and Peruvian Torch)

    • Ayahuasca tea (traditionally brewed in Amazon plants containing tryptamines and MAOI--as found in pharmaceuticals that treat depression)

    • Plants containing ibogaine (for example a West-African plant useful in treating addictive behavior)

 

  • Decriminalization is not legalization; we are not asking for complex regulatory frameworks. We are simply asking that the city make it the lowest budgetary priority to intervene in the non-commercial “grow, gather, gift” model.

 

  • Decriminalization is risk-reduction. People are already using these medicines and decriminalization means they can use these substances and stay connected to harm reduction services in the community.

 

  • This is about our relationship to nature, and reflects many centuries of tradition in cultures across the globe. 

 

  • We have an unalienable right to have our own relationship to nature.

 
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CORE VALUES

1. Love for humanity and nature; Honor the sacred 
2. It is an unalienable right to develop our own relationship with nature; Decriminalize Nature first and forever 
3. Organizing diverse communities that represent the local city’s population; Non-commodification, non-regulation, avoid models of scarcity 
4. Decentralization: grassroots, local voices, supporting each other 
5. Equitable access: Grow, Gather, Gift 
6. Open source/access: we freely offer all of our material (e.g. resolutions, frameworks,  processes, stances, name, graphics, logo) 
7. Transparency: Budget, discussions, dialogues, etc. are openly shared to keep  everyone informed

 

ENTHEOGENIC PLANT MEDICINES

HAVE PROMISE IN TREATING:

Addiction

Suicidality

Incarceration recidivism

End-of-life anxiety & grief

Tobacco & alcohol dependence

Treatment-resistant & recurrent depression

Parkinson’s and other Neurodegenerative diseases

 
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