The high may be getting a bit higher, or experiencing something completely different, out in California as voters could be the first in the United States to decide whether psychedelic mushrooms should be made legal similar to alcohol and marijuana.
Well, that’s a trip.
The proposal, submitted by veteran cannabis advocate Kevin Saunders, would legalize the magic mushrooms for adults aged 21 and over.
“This initiative exempts adults, 21 and over, from criminal penalties and decriminalizes adult use of psilocybin,” according to the initiative.
The would-be law modification also “exempts adults, 21 and over, from California health and safety codes which otherwise prohibit possession, sale, transport and cultivation of psilocybin.
Saunders told the Sacramento Bee that he believes that people should no longer be criminally prosecuted for something that is becoming more mainstream although the government believes they are one of the most dangerous drugs.
“What I want to do is take the shackles off. I want to have an adult conversation,” Saunders said, according to the Sacremento Bee.
“Not only are the soccer moms high now, but some of them are taking mushrooms.
A recently conducted survey indicated that 63 percent of the population is in favor of the drug being used for psychedelic therapies, according to a YouGov study.
Ssenior legal affairs director for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) Tamar Todd says that while the DPA “agrees that no one should be arrested or incarcerated simply because they possess or use psilocybin or other drugs… there are many factors to consider when deciding whether to run or support a ballot measure in California”, according to LA Weekly.
Todd indicated that the DPAdoes not yet have an opinion on California’s psilocybin initiative and says the alliance is focused only on “the safe and just rollout of marijuana regulation and our work to reduce the number of people incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses or deported for entering drug treatment post-arrest, and to reduce the number of people who die of drug overdose in California.
356,880 valid signatures need to be collected in order to be allowed on the 2018 ballot.