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University of Michigan gives psychedelic shroom fest green light
Published: Sep. 09, 2022, 3:34 p.m.
By Ryan Stanton


ANN ARBOR, MI — Ann Arbor’s second-annual psychedelic shroom fest is officially a go.

The University of Michigan has approved organizers’ request to host the event known as Entheofest on UM’s Central Campus Diag off State Street from 1:11-4:20 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, university officials confirmed.

A festive celebration of entheogenic plants and fungi, including psychedelic mushrooms, Entheofest takes place in the same outdoor space on campus where thousands gather each April for Ann Arbor’s annual Hash Bash marijuana rally.

Entheofest celebrates the anniversary of Ann Arbor’s move in September 2019 to declare entheogenic plants and fungi the city’s lowest law-enforcement priority, effectively decriminalizing the substances at the city level. That includes ayahuasca, ibogaine, mescaline, peyote, psilocybin mushrooms and other natural compounds with hallucinogenic properties.

Organizers describe the festival as a celebration of sacred plant medicines, but they ask that people not consume psychedelics at the event. There also are to be no vendors and no buying or selling products at the event.

UM permitted last year’s Entheofest on the Diag with UM police standing watch. Thousands of people attended, some wearing mushroom-themed attire and T-shirts with messages such as “Make America Giggle Again” and “The Future is Dope.” Police reported no issues or arrests.

This year’s event is slated to include live music by Brennan Andes and Friends, activist speakers calling for statewide decriminalization and educational booths.

Entheofest is sponsored by Decriminalize Nature Michigan, the Student Association for Psychedelic Studies at UM, Michigan Initiative for Community Healing, Michigan Psychedelic Society and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/20 ... light.html

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Decriminalizing psychedelics in Michigan is rally cry at Ann Arbor Entheofest
Updated: Sep. 18, 2022, 8:27 p.m.|Published: Sep. 18, 2022, 6:29 p.m.
By Ryan Stanton


ANN ARBOR, MI — Washtenaw County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Burton-Harris scanned the audience at Ann Arbor’s Entheofest before giving her speech Sunday.

The crowd on the University of Michigan Diag for the second-annual festival celebrating entheogenic plants and fungi such as psychedelic mushrooms was mostly white, she observed.

“Look around this Diag,” said Burton-Harris, who wore a T-shirt with two words on it: Black and radical.

“Do you see many people standing around that look like me? No,” she told the crowd. “Is that a problem? Hell yes.”

Burton-Harris, joined by County Prosecutor Eli Savit at the Sept. 18 event, expressed concern the movement to decriminalize psychedelics was being “whitewashed” and stressed the importance of honoring African and indigenous people “who have been using these plants since the beginning of time.”

Discussing generational trauma Black people have endured due to systemic racism in America, she called for making diversity a priority and including Black people in the movement and in research into the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics.

“There is so much healing that can be done in sacred spaces with the use and assistance of these plants,” she said.

“Those are hard truths right there,” festival emcee Jim Salame, deputy director of organizing group Decriminalize Nature Michigan, said afterward. “It’s something we all should take from this day and live throughout our lives with this in mind.”

Salame said he still thought Sunday’s crowd was fairly diverse with people of various races in attendance.

Hundreds upon hundreds of people milled about the Diag during the three-hour event billed as a celebration of sacred plant medicines. The event included speeches, music, educational booths and opportunities to create art.

Attendees came from near and far and some wore their grooviest tie-dye shirts and mushroom-themed attire.

Organizers asked that people not consume psychedelics or buy and sell products at the event, but that didn’t stop some who carried bags of shrooms and openly indulged in various substances, including lighting up cannabis joints, as UM police watched over the university-permitted event.

The event celebrated the two-year anniversary of Ann Arbor’s move to declare entheogenic plants and fungi the city’s lowest law-enforcement priority, effectively decriminalizing the substances at the city level. That includes ayahuasca, ibogaine, mescaline, peyote, psilocybin mushrooms and other natural compounds with hallucinogenic properties.

Similar to Ann Arbor’s policy adopted by City Council, the Washtenaw County prosecutor’s office is against criminally charging people for such substances.

Activists in the movement are continuing to campaign city by city across Michigan to get others to follow Ann Arbor’s lead, as Detroit and Hazel Park have done, with a goal of eventually putting a statewide ballot proposal to voters in 2024.

Calling for ending the war on drugs, a war they called racist, Entheofest speakers on Sunday touted the benefits of psychedelics to help people treat anxiety, depression, PTSD and addiction to harder drugs and to bring happiness to people’s lives. Ann Arbor activist Chuck Ream said he wants freedom for individual use without government in the way.

“The big reason why we do this is for protections for people to use this stuff,” Salame said before the event. “It’s not to party.”

Michael Tuffelmire, a Grand Rapids native and Iraq war veteran, received applause as he addressed the Entheofest crowd, telling fellow veterans they were in the right place.

“On my way over here, I was thinking about a lot of veterans in my unit who have gone before me, and I’m not necessarily talking about those who died in combat,” he said, explaining he was referring to people who died from the wounds of mental health trauma, including PTSD, and traumatic brain injuries.

A lot of veterans have committed suicide and he braces year to year to see who’s going to be next, he said, crediting psychedelics for helping him and others survive.

“So many of these guys I know, if they had just had one dose, we’d still have them here today,” he said. “But see, to them, they’re told that those things are poison and that alcohol is the right thing and the commercialized things over the counter is the right thing, so that’s what they chose.”

In addition to Decriminalize Nature Michigan, the event was sponsored by the Student Association for Psychedelic Studies at UM, Michigan Initiative for Community Healing, Michigan Psychedelic Society and Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

UM police said there were no arrests or issues to report, and Salame said from his perspective the event went smoothly.

https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/20 ... ofest.html

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clones came up recently and i ran across a strain of cubensis that doesnt produce spores necessitating it

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Sounds intriguing as far as it's uniqueness & extra potency. Unfortunately it also sounds very risky & extra fruiting time adding vulnerability to contamination scares me. Would be cool to try it & keep it completely separate from the regular deal so as to have a stash while waiting on these long fruiters

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