To many, ayahuasca has become an important means to establish a deeper connection to oneself, one’s family, environment, nature and life. For centuries these plants have played a crucial cultural role in indigenous and religious traditions around the world.
Shockingly, ayahuasca and other traditional psychoactive plants such as San Pedro, Peyote, Iboga and others are often understood as a new drug trend that endangers public health.
In many countries, both healers, ceremonial leaders and users of these plants are facing legal issues. The Ayahuasca Defense Fund was founded in 2015 to offer both givers and receivers of sacred plants legal defense against arrest and prosecution.
What is the Ayahuasca Defense Fund?
Initiated by ICEERS and led by a team of experts with a proven track record, The Ayahuasca Defense Fund (ADF) has been uniting high-level expertise in ayahuasca legal defense, policy and science in order to start turning the tide of ayahuasca prosecution worldwide. They are ready to:
- work with people facing prosecution worldwide to assure the best legal strategy and defense
- advocate for sensible and tolerant legislation and public policy
- educate and protect the global community by providing a hub of resources and information
With proper support, people faceing prosecution can win high profile cases and set important legal precedents throughout the world. By being highly organized, prepared and proactive, and having the right resources on hand, this is a feasible goal. This doesn’t just help the individual at risk of punishment. It sets legal precedents that open the road to more sensible, human-rights-based policy. Each of these cases can be a game-changer meaning that in the future responsible and ethical practices can be legally protected. ADF has already started doing this important work… but needs your help to do it with the best tools and resources.
On the campaign page you can find more details about the funding strategy.
The importance of Ayahuasca’s legal defense
In this Psychedelic Times article, ICEERS and ADF founder Benjamin de Loenen, explains in more detail which place ayahuasca occupies within the international drug control system.