Decriminalize Nature Activist Arrested for Possessing Psilocybin and Other Psychedelics in New York

Celeb Stoner is reporting the following..

The man who’s trying to legalize psychedelic drugs in New York State has been arrested for having them.

On June 10, Aaron Genuth was busted after a traffic stop near New Paltz by New York State police and charged with DUI and possession of psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, MDMA and ketamine. His vehicle was impounded.

“I got pulled over by a state cop in Ulster County for an expired inspection,” Genuth tells CelebStoner. “I was not speeding and was totally sober. I refused a search, so he arrested me and searched, said he had probably cause because of the expired tag and a minor license issue. I have a really good lawyer named Andrew Kossover and I’m trying to secure his $8,000 initial retainer. I’ll be doing some fun activist fundraisers and protests and campaigns about it. It’s a drag and a bummer though.”

“Ironically, the psychedelics Aaron is being charged with are either legal in clinical settings, scientifically proven to be beneficial medicines, decriminalized in some places or on the brink of legalization.”

He reported at Facebook: “I was recently arrested in the Catskills and charged with possession of a range of psychedelic drugs. I’m an activist for policies including decriminalized access to psychedelic drugs for religious and personal use through my nonprofit Darkhei Rephua and my positions as director of policy and outreach for the Hudson Valley Psychedelic Society and coordinator with Decriminalize Nature NYC.

“The heaviest of the charges I’m facing is for psilocybin mushrooms, which qualify as a felony and carry a minimum three-year sentence if convicted. I’m retaining Andrew Kossover, a very respected New Paltz attorney who supports my work and goals, and the advocacy I’ll continue through this process that I expect to be uniquely educational and difficult. No one should be arrested or prosecuted for psychedelics, including me.”

The GoFundMe page reads in part: “You may know Aaron through his years of work with Decriminalize Nature New York, the Hudson Valley Psychedelic Society, and Darkhei Rephua – the Jewish entheogenic nonprofit he founded. Aaron has been advocating for cannabis, psychedelic and drug policy reform for over 15 years, and has hosted/produced many community events in NYC and upstate over the years, in addition to his tireless outreach, advocacy, and media efforts on platforms like High Times, Lucid News, Chacruna, and the Jewish Psychedelic Summit.

“Ironically, the psychedelics Aaron is being charged with are either legal in clinical settings, scientifically proven to be beneficial medicines, decriminalized in some places or on the brink of legalization.”

Source: https://www.celebstoner.com/news/drug-bust-news/2022/06/29/decriminalize-nature-activist-aaron-genuth-arrested-psilocybin-psychedelics/

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