DECRIMINALIZATION IS NOT LEGALIZATION
WHO WE ARE
We are members of the nationwide community working to decriminalize entheogenic plants, restore our root connection to nature, and improve human health and well-being. We are working towards decriminalization–not legalization. We value equitable access and do not want a highly regulated environment for plant medicines, which can lead to corporate dominance. Instead we are working to protect individuals and small community groups from arrest or incarceration for growing, gathering and gifting these sacred plants and fungi.
Like communities in over 100 cities across the country, we seek to decriminalize natural entheogenic plants and fungi. Decriminalize Nature Grand Rapids does not endorse or encourage any illegal behavior.
Decriminalize Nature GR is committed to inclusivity. We strive for representative diversity in our membership and in those who follow and support us. We will continue to work for equity in the distribution of benefits that may accrue from our work. We promote freedom of choice for all in healing methods and in worship ceremonies.
Why decriminalize nature?
1) American liberty and personal freedom
Human beings and American citizens have an unalienable natural right to use plants and fungi of their choice. Prosecution for possession of natural plants shall become the lowest law enforcement priority of the state of Michigan, and state funds may not be used for this purpose.
2) Personal and spiritual growth
These plants can catalyze profound experiences which can have a lasting benefit.
Except for a few specific contraindications psychedelic plants are extraordinarily safe and non-addictive.
4) Treat addiction
Entheogenic plants have proven they can help people who wish to end a variety of the most tenacious addictions and substance use issues.
5) Improve mental health
Plant and fungi medicines, when properly used, make a significant contribution to the maintenance of good mental health, and to the success of therapeutic interventions. Mental health problems like addiction, suicide, overdose, depression, and anxiety are currently present at high levels; plant and fungi medicines can be helpful.
6) Improve our impact on the environment
Consciousness exploration using plants tends to restore a bond between people and the natural world. This impulse helped generate the modern environmental movement. The experience of connecting with nature can create forward movement for adopting solutions and mindsets to address environmental disasters.
7) Strong positive research
People must ultimately be allowed to cultivate their own plants and fungi.
We seek to include indigenous people, cultures, plants and fungi
10) Safe & responsible practice
We will work actively to encourage safe and responsible practice through the development and dissemination of educational materials.
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:
End-of-life anxiety & grief
Tobacco & alcohol dependence
Treatment-resistant & recurrent depression
Parkinson’s and other Neurodegenerative diseases