The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a resolution that makes drug plant and mushroom offenses one of the lowest priority crimes for detection. Thus, law enforcement officers were actually forbidden to spend their time and budget money on prosecuting people who use, store, grow and distribute natural psychedelics.
Officials listened to activists lobbying for drug policy reform and agreed with them that entheogens have high therapeutic potential. Therefore, the decriminalization of magic mushrooms and plants will increase their availability to patients, but hinder commercialization. The police, as usual, criticized the liberalization of drug policy. Law enforcement fears that the removal of punishment for entheogens will jeopardize public safety, despite the fact that natural psychedelics account for a small number of identified drug crimes.
Commissioner Heidi Eisenhour commented on the news of the decriminalization of mushrooms and plants: "I put the interests of the inhabitants of our district at the forefront, and this issue is on the agenda not for the first time. I hope that we will be among the leaders in this field, not only in our district , but also the state."
The Jefferson County government is not going to stop there and in 2024 plans to advocate for the decriminalization of entheogens at the federal level in the United States. Officials want all US security forces to be banned from punishing people for offenses related to the circulation of magical plants and mushrooms. They call for a move away from punitive drug policies in favor of an approach designed to reduce the harms of substance abuse through education and medicine.
Washington has no plans to legalize entheogens yet, but there are already positive moves in this direction. In April, state senators passed an executive order to study psilocybin and create a psychedelic treatment program. Governor Jay Inslee has previously expressed a willingness to decriminalize magical plants and mushrooms, and in this regard, he is likely to sign an executive order approved by officials, and psychedelic therapy will be launched in Washington.