Decriminalize Nature Philadelphia is an educational campaign to inform the community about the value of entheogenic plants and fungi. Our intention is to pass a resolution to decriminalize our relationship to nature in the City of Brotherly Love. Please sign and distribute our petition, sign up for email and social media updates, and join our team.
Decriminalize Nature Philadelphia is a passionate group of Philly residents and beyond that are organizing to help teach about and decriminalize the important tools that are entheogens. Please consider donating to support this vital mission.
Decriminalize Nature Philadelphia is looking for volunteers to help us talk to community members and help spread the word about our mission among many other ways to get involved. Join our dedicated volunteers.
“to generate or inspire the divine within”
Entheogens have been used by humans around the world for millennia. Many are now recognizing their benefits for the first time for their potential to enable consciousness-expanding experiences, end addictions, help people heal from anxiety and depression, and more.
In Pennsylvania, 65% of drug overdose deaths involved opioids in 2018—a total of 2,866 fatalities.
Philadelphia suffers from the highest rate in all US cities of a drug overdose in the country, averaging three mortalities per day in 2019. The situation only intensified during the coronavirus pandemic. The majority of these overdoses are due to natural or synthetically derived opioid substances. The City of Philadelphia has called the opioid epidemic the “greatest public health crisis in a century." Read our resolution to see why our science-backed proposal to the city could help those struggling with addiction, depression, PTSD, and even recidivism, while also supporting the spiritual access to many who use these tools to connect with nature on their own terms.
Decriminalize Nature Philadelphia believes entheogens are sacred tools with a long history of human use with a high propensity to help with healing. They are non-addictive and generally highly safe to consume with guidelines for risk reduction are made. They do not meet the standards the FDA uses to classify "unsafe drugs" and we believe they should no longer be criminalized when used for personal healing and growth.