My name is Noah Potter.
In May 1993 I joined the psychedelic legalization movement when I learned about ibogaine.
In October 2000 I started practicing law (but I’m not giving legal advice on this site and the fact that you’re here doesn’t make me your lawyer).
In April 2008 I organized and presented the first public discussion of the New York City Police Department’s practice of arresting multiple thousands of young men of color for possession of cannabis in amounts that have been decriminalized since the 1970s at a rate disproportionate to arrests in the white population.
In May 2010 I coined the term “psychedelic law” when I created this blog.
In October 2012 I explained the DEA’s legal theory for keeping cannabis in Schedule I forever. (It applies to all psychedelic substances.)
From May to September 2018 I helped guide the Decriminalize Denver campaign in the process of drafting the initiative text.
In July 2020, I co-founded New Yorkers for Mental Health Alternatives, an advocacy group dedicated to psychedelic law reform in New York.
I live in Brooklyn and follow New York City politics.
I also try to keep track of what the prohibitionist movement is doing to roll back cannabis legalization.
They’re very dangerous people. Never underestimate your opponent.
My priority is immediate safe and equitable (affordable, culturally-relevant, and non-exploitative) access to a psychedelic experience for anyone anywhere who could benefit from it.