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    Ayahuasca Defense Fund

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    Ayahuasca Defense Fund

    Creating a world where ayahuasca and other psychoactive plants can be used legally and safely.

    The ADF unites state-of-the-art legal, scientific, community, and public policy expertise. Through the ADF we serve the community by working with defendants worldwide, providing reliable expert information and promoting sensible public policy. Additionally, we advocate for the right to science and freedom of research.

    Expert Info

    We are an expert resource for legal clarity and protection. Thanks to support from the international community, we’ve worked with over 100 defendants and their legal teams in 27 countries. We’ve educated judges, lawyers, ambassadors, diplomats, government officials with results. Our work is supported by a Steering Committee and Expert Committees made up of drug policy experts, lawyers, legal strategists and renowned academics. 

    Public Policy

    We are dedicated to addressing the challenges presented by the growing criminalization of practices with ayahuasca and other teacher plants. We engage with policy makers, law enforcement authorities and all relevant actors to work towards sensible, human-rights based public policy.

    Legal Support

    The ICEERS Ayahuasca Defense Fund (ADF) helps people who have been arrested by uniting state-of-the-art legal, scientific, community, and public policy expertise. In addition to providing educational information to prevent legal incidents, we promote best practices and sensible policy that respects indigenous cultural heritage and human rights.

    Latest news and articles

    Ayahuasca Defense Fund arrested

    5 Things to Know About the Ayahuasca Defense Fund

    The Ayahuasca Defense Fund (ADF) addresses the challenges presented by the growing criminalization of practices with ayahuasca and other teacher plants. The ADF draws on a network of collaborators – drug policy experts, lawyers, legal strategists, and renowned academics. The program also works to engage policymakers, law enforcement authorities, and relevant actors to move towards sensible, human rights-based public policy as a strategy to prevent legal incidents.

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    Defending Coca Leaf Traditions in Court

    A new report Coca Leaf in Court: Cultural Rights and the Toxicological Labyrinth published by Constanza Sánchez, Dr. José Carlos Bouso, Pien Metaal, and Roberto Castro highlights the concerns with how coca cases are addressed in Spain, and the precedence this sets in other parts of the world.

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    The Ayahuasca Defense Fund

    Creating a world where ayahuasca and other psychoactive plants can be used legally and safely

    The ADF unites state-of-the-art legal, scientific, community, and public policy expertise. Through the ADF we serve the community by working with defendants worldwide, providing reliable expert information and promoting sensible public policy.

    Legal Status Map

    At the national levels there is a widespread divergence of interpretation of how international legal frameworks should be to ayahuasca. In order to avoid risks, it is important to know the specific legal situation of each country.

    Resources and documents

    Technical Reports
    26 pages with all the latest research-based facts about ayahuasca, its uses, pharmacology, legal status and therapeutic effects, signed by 11 world-class experts and researchers.

    Annual Reports
    The ADF has been assisting defendants involved in legal cases around the world since 2010. These are our annual reports.

    Studies and Papers
    Our studies generate useful evidence in order to work towards sensible, human-rights based public policy.

    Featured Webinars

    Testimonials

    My three-year legal battle for ayahuasca possession…

    Jeffrey Bronfman endorses the Ayahuasca Defense Fund (ADF).

    Tal Arnon about the Ayahuasca Defense Fund (ADF).

    Felipe Toro tells his experience with the ADF.

    Do you have info to contribute?

    For our work to be successful, it is critical that we are fully up-to-date with legal developments and legislation worldwide. If you hear of new arrests, have specific info regarding the law in your country including regulatory advancements, or any other relevant piece of information, please get in touch.


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      Natalia Rebollo

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