Last month, Denver Colorado became the very first state in the USA to decriminalize the use and possession of magic mushrooms which contain the psychoactive compound psilocybin. Not even a full month later and Oakland City has become the second state to follow suit.
This week, Oakland City Council in California voted to decriminalize not only magic mushrooms but pretty much all psychedelics that come from plants and fungi. Law enforcement will no longer, arrest and prosecute people for possessing these substances – however commercial distribution, driving under the influence and possession in schools will remain just as illegal as before.
Magic mushrooms, which contain the psychedelic compound psilocybin, can be used to treat depression, anxiety and addiction – more so, it can help end-of-life patients cope with death anxiety. The City Council does, however, include an amendment that insists that anyone who’s suffering from depression or PTSD should first see a doctor before considering the use of any psychedelics. Psilocybin can also be micro-dosed, in this case, people report improved concentration, alertness and creativity. It also poses a lower risk of addiction compared to other drugs.