Record #: R2019-735   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 10/16/2019 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Human Relations
Final action: 5/24/2023
Title: Expression of support for adult use of Entheogenic Plants and call for hearing(s) to discuss findings from Department of Public Health on feasibility of use of Entheogenic Plants and its plant compounds as alternative treatment options
Sponsors: Hopkins, Brian
Topic: CITY COUNCIL - Miscellaneous, - COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Health and Human Relations
Attachments: 1. R2019-735.pdf
Related files: R2023-766
OCTOBER 16, 2019

A Resolution supporting Entheogenic Plant practice, declaring that the investigation and arrest of individuals involved with the Adult Use of Entheogenic Plants on the Federal Schedule l1 List be amongst the lowest priority for the City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department, and ordering a hearing to be held in committee to study and advise guidelines and resources for non-pharmacological treatment options in Chicago.

WHEREAS, Entheogenic Plants, based on the term "entheogen," originally conceived by Ott, Ruck, and other colleagues from a working group of anthropologists and ethnobotanists in 1979; and defined herein as 'the full spectrum of plants, fungi, and natural materials deserving reverence and respect from the perspective ofthe individual and the collective, that can inspire personal and spiritual well-being1, can benefit psychological" and physical wellness"1, and can re­establish human's inalienable and direct relationship to nature; and

WHEREAS, substance abuse,v, addition, recidivismv, trauma, post-traumatic stress symptoms, chronic depression, severe anxietyvi, end-of-life anxiety, grief", diabetesVM1, cluster headaches'", and other conditions plaguing our community and that the use of Entheogenic Plants have been shown to be beneficial to the health and the well-being of individuals and communities in addressing these afflictions via scientific and clinical studies and within continuing traditional practices, which can catalyze profound experiences of personal and spiritual growth; and

WHEREAS, practices with Entheogenic Plants have long existed and have been considered to be sacred to human cultures and human interrelationships with nature for thousands of years", and continue to be enhanced and improved to this day by religious and spiritual leaders, practicing professionals, mentors, and healers throughout the world, many of whom have been forced underground; and

WHEREAS, seeking ...

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