Dr. Richard Miller, a Fort Bragg resident and practicing psychologist since 1961, has proposed two ideas to the Fort Bragg City Council in 2023: the creation of a Community Morale Commission and the decriminalization of garden-grown psychedelic substances such as psilocybin, peyote, and ayahuasca.

This follows similar decriminalization efforts in other cities, such as Denver and Oakland, and is supported by research that suggests psychedelic therapy could help people struggling with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and PTSD.

While Fort Bragg Mayor Bernie Norvell is not sure what level of council participation is being sought, he believes in Miller’s “good intentions” and is open to the idea of a Community Morale Commission.

By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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