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Ann Arbor Just Decriminalized Magic Mushrooms

Plus, a Birmingham restaurant embraces its true nature, declaring itself a seafood restaurant

Psychedelic mushrooms on a piece of tin foil.
Psychedelic plants and fungi are not exactly legal, but less of a law enforcement priority in Ann Arbor.
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

Psychedelic fungi decriminalized in Ann Arbor

On Monday night, the Ann Arbor City Council voted itself extremely cool by unanimously moving to decriminalize the consumption, cultivation, and distribution of psychedelic fungi and plants, according to MLive. While still technically illegal under state and federal law, the resolution makes planting, cultivation, purchasing, transporting, distributing, and possessing magic mushrooms and other naturally occurring psychedelic substances like ayahuasca and peyote city law enforcement’s “lowest priority.” The resolution recognizes that psychedelics are sometimes used in spiritual practice and to help treat substance abuse, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, depression, and other mental and physical health issues. The group Decriminalize Nature Ann Arbor is credited with pushing the city to pass the resolution.

Hazel, Ravines and Downtown finally admits it’s a seafood restaurant

Birmingham’s Hazel, Ravines and Downtown has been in the midst of a bit of an identity crisis since first finding success during summer 2019 with its temporary seafood menus. Now, after months of “pop-up” menus, the restaurant is finally embracing its true aquatic nature. From here on out, owners Beth Hussey and Emmele Herrold plan to focus on seasonal seafood at the restaurant. In October, that will mean a transition to a Pacific Northwest seafood menu with hot and cold crab rolls, escargot, Astoria Clown Bread, whole dungeness crab, and crab boils. The restaurant will continue to serve up mainstays like the Token burger, Georgian cheese bread, and whitefish pate.

North American International Auto Show pushes back 2021 timeline

NAIAS, an annual event that typically draws thousands of people into the city to gawk at cars and buy out restaurants, has pushed back its 2021 timeline. The event organizers, who called off the 2020 show due to the pandemic, are moving the summer event to the fall — timing it plans to stick to going forward. This is after the organizers moved the event from winter to summer, throwing the local hospitality industry into flux. The event will now take place from Tuesday, September 28 through Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Michigan businesses slapped with fines for COVID-19 workplace violations

A total of 19 businesses received fines from Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration for serious violations of COVID-19 workplace safety protocols. They included Americus Grill in Brighton, produce packing facility Fresh Pak in Detroit, and Shoppers Market in Warren.

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