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Mayor Frey signed an executive order on July 21 lowering the priority that psychedelics have for law enforcement. The city states that “many other higher priorities,” such as addressing violent crime and opioid use, take precedent.
The executive order will place use, possession, cultivation and distribution of entheogenic products at the lowest priority level, effectively encouraging officers to not use the products in investigation or justification for arrest.
The order does not apply to enforcement of laws barring the commercial sale and manufacturing of psychedelics, their possession or distribution on school grounds, and their use while operating a vehicle, possessing a firearm or instigating public disturbance.
The U.S. already protects some use of entheogenic practices under the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978 and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
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- City of Minneapolis Minneapolis Executive Order
- Minnesota Public Radio News Minneapolis mayor says police will look the other way on some psychedelic drugs
- Middle Tennessee State American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978 as Amended in 1994