The Effort to Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms

February 21, 2023

The possession, sale, and cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms are considered illegal under federal and state law in California. Psilocybin is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, which means that it is considered to have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use.

However, there have been recent efforts to decriminalize or legalize the possession and use of psilocybin mushrooms in California. In 2019, an initiative was proposed to the California Secretary of State to legalize the possession, sale, and cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms for adults over the age of 21. The initiative did not qualify for the ballot in the 2020 election.

In 2020, The Oakland City Council voted to decriminalize the possession, sale, and use of psilocybin. In 2021, Denver became the first U.S. city to decriminalize the possession and use of Psilocybin mushrooms.

It’s important to note that decriminalization is different from legalization and it means that possession and use of psilocybin mushrooms would not be a criminal offense but it would not be legal either.

Additionally, while some cities and states have moved to decriminalize or legalize certain drugs, possession, sale, and cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms are still illegal under federal law, and the federal government could still enforce those laws regardless of state or local laws.

It’s important to keep in mind that laws and regulations are constantly changing, and it’s always a good idea to stay informed and seek legal advice if you have any questions or concerns.

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