The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports…
Citing the benefits of entheogenic plants and the disproportionate impact of the criminalization of drugs, the City Council took an initial vote earlier this month to pass a resolution to decriminalize them.
“A Resolution Decriminalizing Controlled Substance Possession as well as Cultivation and Distribution of Psychedelic Plants” says that “no City of Northampton department, agency, board, commission, officer or employee of the city, including without limitation, Northampton Police Department personnel, should use any city funds or resources to assist in the enforcement of laws imposing criminal penalties for the use and possession of entheogenic plants.”
At-large member William Dwight, who co-sponsored the resolution with Ward 7 Councilor Rachel Maiore, said, “It should be noted, this is a resolution … We don’t have the authority to direct the police department to these policies. That why the word ‘should’ is there.”
The resolution expresses support for two pieces of related state legislation, “An Act establishing a task force to study equitable access to entheogenic plants” and “An Act relative to harm reduction and racial justice.”
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