A new ballot measure in California could decriminalize the active chemical in psychedelic mushrooms (psilocybin) as early as 2018.
It would exempt people aged 21 and over from criminal penalties for using, selling, possessing, cultivating and transporting psilocybin mushrooms.
Before this becomes an opportunity, about 365,000 signatures are needed to put it on the 2018 ballot so people can vote for it.
A mayoral candidate in Monterrey County, California named Kevin Saunders submitted it. He says psilocybin helped him quit heroin several years ago, adding that it was a natural progression to legalize psychedelic mushrooms after California’s legalization of recreational cannabis last November.
“I think we’re seeing something that could literally heal our brothers and sisters. We’re talking about real cutting-edge stuff,” he said.
This could be considered particularly real, because California is entrenched in heroin as the entire US struggles with an opiate/opioid epidemic. It’s refreshing to hear a person in this position speak honestly about his problems with heroin and success with mushrooms.
While critics of psychedelics have pointed out that mushrooms and LSD were used in experiments by the CIA in the 1960’s as part of MK Ultra, mushrooms can help people regardless of who used them for nefarious purposes throughout history. Of course it’s possible to have a bad trip and there are general precautions that need to be taken.
But when used wisely, mushrooms enable a person to access memories and things deep in their subconscious, to untangle these neglected issues in the back of their minds and really resolve things they didn’t even know needed resolution.
A brain scan of people on LSD released last year proved that it “lights up the brain,” and gets areas of the brain active that rarely ever are. People who take LSD or mushrooms can tell they are digging deep into their subconscious, tapping into things and potentially resolving them or untangling nagging, neglected thoughts.
Mushrooms are arguably the most innocuous psychedelic of its kind, a perfect stepping stone to the legalization of psychedelics and the drug war’s end in general. Psilocybin is similar in chemical composition to DMT (Dimethyltryptamine), another tryptamine which you also cannot overdose on, but DMT is of course a whole other world of intensity.
LSD is very similiar to psilocybin but with its artificial nature and how easy it is to overdose or take something that is not LSD, its not the best choice for a beginner compared to mushrooms.
Hopefully the people who have learned from psychedelics will stand up and sign this so it can be voted on. Please share this with as many people as possible.