Possession of magic mushrooms, which contain the mind-altering chemical psilocybin, is currently a felony, although Oregon hopes to be the first state to legalize the psychedelic drug. Oregon’s Secretary of State just approved the language of a possible ballot initiative for 2020, which would make magic mushrooms legal. To make it on the ballot, however, the initiative will need 117,578 signatures.
A successful vote would decriminalize magic mushrooms, and allow them to be manufactured by those with a special license. A huge win for hopeful recreational users, but also for those eager to take advantage of its therapeutic benefits.
Recent studies have shown that psilocybin can be used as a treatment for people with anxiety, depression, and alcoholism. In an article from the medical journal Neuropharmacology’s October issue, researchers at Johns Hopkins University wrote that psilocybin should be labeled as a Schedule IV drug (rather than Schedule I), which puts it in the same category as prescription sleeping pills. The researchers did note, however, that the use of psilocybin should still be limited and controlled within reason.
Tom and Sheri Eckert, who initiated the Oregon petition to legalize magic mushrooms, wrote on their website, “The intent of the 2020 Psilocybin Service Initiative of Oregon is to advance a breakthrough therapeutic model currently being perfected in research settings at top universities around the world.”
Even if this petition isn’t successful, there’s no doubt the country is slowly becoming more open-minded toward the idea of magic mushroom legalization.
H/T: Business Insider