The Campaign to Decriminalize Nature DC is a political campaign organized by DC residents to lower the law enforcement priorities for entheogenic plant and fungi medicines.
The Campaign to Decriminalize Nature DC advocates for the passage of Initiative 81, the “Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020.” This voter initiative would shift enforcement of laws against natural plant medicines to be among the lowest law enforcement priorities.
This change would help thousands of D.C. residents suffering from anxiety, PTSD, addiction, or depression who currently fear arrest or prosecution for pursuing healing through natural, entheogenic substances.
Current DC residents benefiting from entheogens include: those suffering from mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, and other traumas, veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and patients in end-of-life care. Initiative 81 has the support of prominent medical professionals, police officers, and D.C. residents.
The Campaign to Decriminalize Nature DC is led by initiative proposer Melissa Lavasani who filed the voter initiative, the “Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020,” now known as Initiative 81, with the DC Board of Elections in December 2019.
Decriminalize Nature DC, the organizing body supporting Initiative 81, launched in December 2019 with the formation of the Campaign to Decriminalize Nature DC with the DC Office of Campaign Finance. The campaign is a 501(c)(4) organization and has a 5-person steering committee, including the initiative proposer Melissa Lavasani.
Decriminalize Nature DC is a volunteer-run organization that thrives on community participation.
As a 501(c)(4), we have created a campaign committee with DC’s Office of Campaign Finance and may accept donations of any size. We hope to raise at least $200,000 to compensate petitioners and place the Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act on the ballot in November 2020.