A California city long recognized nationwide as a hotbed of violent crime, gangs, poverty and narcotics has legalized the possession and use of psychedelic mushrooms, peyote and DMT. Rather than drain its cesspool of cultural degeneracy, the leaders of the City of Oakland have decided to get neck deep by systematically decriminalizing crime.
Oakland is the second city in the United States to decriminalize psychedelic ‘shrooms. Denver, Colorado, was the first. But Oakland took it a step further.
Nerdist: While Denver decriminalized the use and possession of mushrooms containing the compound psilocybin, over in Oakland it’s all “entheogenic plants.” And that includes the mushrooms and other fungi containing psychoactive substances.
Another second for Oakland: It’s the second most dangerous city in California, but it was ranked No. 1 in 2014. It’s also the 14th most dangerous place to live in the United States. It’s a small wonder that Oakland high school graduation rates are among the lowest in the state for a unified district, at just 61 percent.
Oakland is considered part of northern California’s Bay Area. This area includes some of the most expensive cities in the country to live, such as San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Most middle-income folks who work in San Francisco or Silicon Valley cannot afford to live there. They commute to work from suburbs that are 30 minutes to two hours away. But San Francisco’s low-income service-sector workers tend to settle in the regional cesspool known as Oakland, where gang violence, drugs and theft are cultural norms.
Shining example of Oakland’s economic and cultural plague is the “Ghost Ship” warehouse fire.
Oakland residents often commute into San Francisco using the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) metro rail system. Some rail stations have become like drug-den flophouses for area addicts.
Occasionally, local news media bothers to cover stories involving rampant robberies and rape.
A BART official, who was asked about beefing up security, said that just like you can’t have a cop on every block, they can’t put an officer on every train.
And this is just the rail system. Check out the city library.
Here’s an excellent documentary explaining the black and Latino gang wars in Oakland, which is also known as “Baby Iraq.” Gosh, what a great place for a ‘shroom trip, man!
Despite black and Mexican turf wars, Oakland’s city council — the same council that legalized ‘shrooms — chose to make Oakland a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants in January 2018. Such political policies limit cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who’s a Jewish lawyer, told the press she will do whatever is necessary to stop deportations, even if it means going to jail herself.
Meanwhile, ‘shrooms and other entheogenic substances are still illegal in the state and nation. They’re considered Schedule 1 drugs under the federal Controlled Substances Act, which categorizes drugs that have “potential for abuse and no medical value.” However, some groups are pushing for change.
California, which legalized marijuana last year, tried but failed get a ballot initiative for magic mushroom decriminalization in 2018. Now, “activist groups” are taking up the cause for 2020. And in Washington, D.C., socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), who has already aligned herself with federal marijuana reform, is pushing for legislation that decriminalizes ‘shrooms, MDMA and other psychedelic drugs to “make it easier” for scientists to study their medical efficacy.
Torchy Takeaway: I suspect what we’re witnessing here, folks, is circa 1960s-style “weaponized degeneracy” version 2.0. Others have covered well the topic of cultural debasement as strategy. Therefore, allow me to direct you to Russ Winter’s insightful “Flower Power” post, as well as Jan Irvin and Joe Atwill’s exploration of the truth behind Timothy Leary and LSD Movement.