Last month the US state of Oregon approved content for a ballot initiative that aims to legalize magic mushrooms. The possession of psychedelic mushrooms is currently a felony throughout America and for the initiative to qualify and make it onto the ballot for the 2020 elections, it will need roughly 117,578 signatures.
If successful the initiative would decriminalise hallucinogenic mushrooms and allow psilocybin manufacturing under a license. Reports state that residents of Denver, Colorado could also soon vote on the decriminalisation of shrooms.
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.” Tom and Sheri Eckert – Campaign website.
A growing number of studies have proven that magic mushrooms – which contain the active compound psilocybin, could be beneficial to certain people. Scientists say the active compound could be used as a treatment for anxiety, depression, and addiction.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University wrote in the October issue of the medical journal that psilocybin should not be classified as a Schedule I drug but should instead be labelled a Schedule IV drug – a category that prescribed sleeping pills fall under. Researchers stress it should still be strictly controlled since people with psychotic disorders and those who take high doses are at risk.