How should Plant Medicines be Regulated? and Beyond Prohibition of Plant Medicines

How should Plant Medicines be Regulated? An article by Charlotte Walsh on Chacruna


Walsh expanded on that article in Beyond Prohibition of Plant Medicines


These are eloquent articles on why we NEED decriminalization before legalization, and before strict government regulation of plant and fungal psychedelics.


"We need to avoid jumping straight from the frying pan into the fire, transitioning from criminalization to a system of strict governmental legal regulation. Accordingly, we need to resist any framing of the narrative that tacitly suggests that prohibition is an acceptable model and any retraction of it is some kind of favor to us; rather, let’s have as our foundational principle an unapologetic assertion that the drug laws are draconian, unsuitable for any civilized liberal democracy, that they need razing to the ground, with a new system built from scratch, rooted in the fundamental recognition of our right to cognitive liberty, to alter our own consciousness." - Beyond Prohibition of Plant Medicines, Walsh, Chacruna. 


The plants and fungus that we are working to decriminalize city-to-city have been used thousands of years, before there was a U.S. government. There are many people in our community of Portland who are doing important healing work, utilizing the wisdom of these medicines. These are the people we need to support, not criminalize. They do not deserve to be forced underground for facilitating healing of themselves, their community, or for growing.


"The plant medicines are not medicines in the sense in which that term is typically understood in the West; they’re perhaps best understood as healing for the soul, and thus don’t fit easily in to a system where the very idea of the soul has been largely dispensed with... I suspect many people want decriminalization, in their heart of hearts, but are reticent to say so, believing that we have to give concessions in order to get them. In my ideal world, decriminalization would be accompanied by the rise of plant medicine practitioner groups, drawing up their own guidelines, their own protocols, that could then be voluntarily ascribed to: a bottom-up, rather than a top-down model, shaped by those who know what they’re talking about. We need guidance from those with wisdom, not law." - Beyond Prohibition of Plant Medicines, Walsh, Chacruna.


Note: This paper was presented at Breaking Convention, Greenwich University, London, United Kingdom,16–18 August, 2019.

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