History of Decriminalize Nature Seattle
Decriminalize Nature Seattle began around April 2019. The first meeting was at the home of Patricia Chase, and the other 6 founding members were Todd Youngs, Eric Swenson, Hila Corazon, Will MacHugh, John Rapp and his son Nick. For a brief period DNS was led by Eric Swenson, followed by Will MacHugh and Patricia Chase through the rest of 2019. In early 2020 Kelly Russell led DNS, helping to lead the organization over the next year. Tatiana Luz Quintana and Kody Zalewski joined in July 2020, and became part of the core volunteer leadership team. In March of 2021 our organization had a transition in leadership, where Kody & Tatiana became co-directors of DNS. Over the next 8 months we were able to rebalance and refocus our team, get to a healthy place, and begin to seriously organize. We successfully passed a resolution decriminalizing plant based psychedelics in Seattle this past October (2021).
Background on PMAW
Our current team of 6 board members founded the Psychedelic Medicine Alliance Washington (PMAW) in November of 2021 to represent our mission and values at the statewide level. We are working on identifying supportive members in the legislature who would be interested in moving forward with drug policy reforms in general, and particularly championing our cause to remove criminal penalties and increase access to these natural medicines which are proven to support our general wellness and mental health. If you would like to volunteer to help liberalize psychedelic medicines in Washington, please apply.