On December 20, 2019, the Campaign to Decriminalize Nature DC submitted the following legislative text to the DC Board of Elections:

SHORT TITLE

Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020

SUMMARY STATEMENT

            If enacted this Initiative would declare as the policy of the District of Columbia that the Metropolitan Police Department make investigation and arrest of adults for non-commercial planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, possessing or engaging in practices with, entheogenic plants and fungi among its lowest law enforcement priorities.

 

LEGISLATIVE TEXT

            BE IT ENACTED BY THE ELECTORS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the “Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020.”

Section 1. Findings and Declaration of Policy.

The people of the District of Columbia find that use of entheogenic plants and fungi have been demonstrated, through scientific studies, to be beneficial in addressing a variety of afflictions including substance abuse, addiction, trauma, post-traumatic stress syndrome, chronic depression, anxiety, diabetes, cluster headaches and other conditions; and that practices with entheogenic plants and fungi have longs existed, have been considered sacred to a number of cultures and religions for millennia and continue to be enhanced and improved. Citizens of the District of Columbia seeking to improve their health and well-being through the use of entheogenic plants and fungi currently use them in fear of arrest and prosecution.

It is declared the policy of this act to make investigation and arrest of adults for non-commercial planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, possessing or engaging in practices with, entheogenic plants and fungi among the lowest law enforcement priorities for the District of Columbia.

–D.C. Code §5-115.08 –

Section 2. D.C. Official Code Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter VIII is amended by adding thereto the following new section:

§5-115.08. Policy Regarding Investigation and Arrest for Offenses Involving Entheogenic Plants and Fungi.

“(a) For purposes of this section, the term “entheogenic plant and fungus” means any plant or fungus of any species in which there is naturally occurring any of the following substances in any form which would cause such plant or fungus to be described in D.C. Official Code §48-902.04(3): ibogaine, dimethyltryptamine, mescaline, psilocybin or psilocyn.

“(b) The Metropolitan Police Department shall make the investigation and arrest of persons 18 years of age or older, for non-commercial planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, engaging in practices with, and/or possessing entheogenic plants and fungi that are listed in Schedule I of the District of Columbia Uniform Controlled Substances Act of 1981 effective August 5, 1981 (D.C. Law 4-29, D.C. Official Code §48-902.04) as the among its lowest enforcement priorities.

“(c) Nothing in this section shall affect the priority of enforcing any provision of D.C. Official Code Title 50, Subtitle VII, Chapter 22, Subchapter III-A; or of D.C. Official Code §48-904.07a. “

 

Section 3. The people of the District of Columbia call upon the Attorney General of the District of Columbia and the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia to cease prosecution of residents of the District of Columbia for non-commercial planting, non-commercial cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, engaging in practices with, and/or possessing entheogenic plants and fungi as defined in D.C. Official Code §5-115.08.

Section 4. This act shall take effect after a 30-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Government Reorganization Act (Home Rule Act), approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official code §1-206.02(c)(1).


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Photo taken on the day the Campaign submitted the Ballot Initiative:
Photograph from the DC Board of Elections on December 20, 2019