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Grand Rapids has the highest rate of depression among large U.S. metro cities in the country.

Updated: Sep 27, 2021

Monday, May 24, 2021

Dear Decriminalize Nature GR,

Who we are

Decriminalize Nature Grand Rapids is an educational and advocacy campaign with a goal to improve Grand Rapids resident health, including healing from depression, end-of-life anxiety/suffering, and addiction. We do not endorse or encourage any illegal behavior.

Grand Rapids Depression

Because of this major community health problem, we need to look for solutions that work. In 2018 the US Food & Drug Administration granted Psilocybin (in entheogenic medicinal mushrooms) “breakthrough therapy” status because of its effectiveness in the treatment of depression.

In addition to treating depression, studies from The Johns Hopkins University and the US Food & Drug Administration, have shown that natural plant medicines in entheogenic mushrooms, cacti, ibogaine, and ayahuasca offer promising relief from end-of-life anxiety, addiction, PTSD, as well as profound, life-changing experiences in consciousness.2

When we are experiencing major untreated community health problems and our city government is likely to struggle substantially to rebound from COVID-19, we are hoping the City of Grand Rapids will agree not to expend City resources in any investigation, detention, arrest, or prosecution of people who use natural plants and fungi medicines.


Chad Beyer

Co-founder, Decriminalize Nature Grand Rapids

1 GR Depression

2 Reputable science shows plant medicines have great promise to treat end-of-life anxiety, substance addiction, PTSD.

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