California on the road to legalizing psychedelic mushrooms


The movement to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms has officially started in California

California would become the first state to legalize psychedelic mushrooms if a voting initiative passes next year.

The medicinal mushroom

The initiative is supported by a legalization activist who says he kicked his heroin addiction, with the help of a mushroom trip to the valley of death ... Following, he urged Californians over the age of 21 from a state law that criminalizes mushrooms containing psilocybin. Psilocybin is one of the compounds that gives psychedelic properties to mushrooms.

California on the road to legalizing psychedelic mushrooms

Saunders filed his bill with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office this past Friday. Thus, Becerra's office will review the initiative's proposal before issuing a ballot and a formal summary of the measure. Once Becerra's office makes these resolutions, supporters will be allowed to circulate petitions.


Psilocybin is a Schedule 1 substance under federal law. Which means the substance has no widely accepted medical use. And that she is subject to a potential threat of abuse… In addition, other drugs in the schedule include heroin, LSD, ecstasy and bath salts.

California on the road to legalizing psychedelic mushrooms
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Marijuana is still included in the federal government's Schedule 1 drug list. Even though dozens of states have approved their use for medical purposes. California is one of eight states where voters have legalized marijuana for recreational use. And Saunders said legalizing mushrooms containing psilocybin is the next logical step.


But the obstacle to gaining access to the ballots is difficult. To be eligible,  365 000 valid signatures are in California. Which is a difficult undertaking even for a well funded campaign.

California on the road to legalizing psychedelic mushrooms
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Saunders said he would solicit donations from Hollywood celebrities and wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. In addition, the campaign will recruit organizers from college campuses in California. Additionally, Saunders plans to approach lawyers in more liberal jurisdictions for help.

From space…

California on the road to legalizing psychedelic mushrooms

Saunders, who avails himself as mayor of a coastal community in Marina, said he believed the “sacred” mushrooms could have been carried to earth by an asteroid ...

“What I think we're dealing with maybe a foreign contact,” Saunders said in an interview. “It can be some kind of communication from an advanced society, reprogramming ourselves, reprogramming our souls or our mind. I think this could be the next big awakening. “

Legalizing psilocybin is one of 20 proposals Becerra's office is currently reviewing. This before putting the vote for next year into circulation. In addition, let's remember that mushroom is the safest recreational drug, according to the 2017 Global Drug Survey.

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