Could legal mushrooms be coming to Denver and Oregon? It’s a possibility. Legalization advocate groups (for mushrooms, not cannabis) are saying that now is the time to get legal mushrooms on the ballot. This is of course after Colorado and Oregon, who legalized recreational cannabis in 2012 and 2014 respectively have had a chance to adjust to having a legal market.
Of course before you go getting too excited, you should know that they’re not talking about legalizing magic mushrooms for recreational use. Proponents of legal mushrooms are hesitant to bring about full on legalization because magic mushrooms can be dangerous and unpredictable. There is some evidence that they can be used to treat medical conditions such as anxiety, or they can even be used to help people quit smoking cigarettes.
So, what would this mean for Denver and Oregon if they managed to get these ballot initiatives passed? Well in Denver, possession of mushrooms would be decriminalized (not legalized), meaning there would be no jail time for people who are caught with mushrooms. “We don’t want individuals to lose their freedom over something that’s natural and has health benefits,” said Kevin Matthews, campaign director of Denver for Psilocybin.
In Oregon, people would be allowed to use mushrooms medicinally as long as they had at least one session with a trained professional. As someone who has done plenty of mushrooms and has a couple bad trips under her belt, I would say that this is certainly not a bad idea. Mushrooms can be quite unpredictable. This is a good step towards ending the drug war once and for all. Even if both ballot measures do not pass, just getting them on there is a big deal.
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