Cali voters may vote on legalizing magic mushrooms
A number of cities, including Denver Colorado, have already taken the step with positive results.
“Magic Mushrooms” have been used as a spiritual guide by indigenous societies of Mesoamerica for millennia. Modern research by MAPS, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, has shown that psilocybin is particularly useful for people at end of life or during life-altering crises by giving people a profound sense of peace, connectivity and acceptance that helps them cope.
Two versions submitted for consideration
Decriminalize California, the organization behind the measure, submitted two different initiatives to the Office of the Attorney General, one more restrictive and the other more comprehensive. The measures set an age of consent for use of psylocybin at age 18.
Version 2.0 was a ‘simple decriminalization’ initiative: personal use, possession and cultivation only. Version 4.4 includes all the provisions of version 2.0, but also allows for licensed sales and amnesty. It now appears that the sponsors will move ahead with the second version, quoted below.
11395.120 Psilocybin Mushrooms. The personal, spiritual, religious, dietary, therapeutic, and medical use of Psilocybin Mushrooms by adults, including but not limited to the cultivation, manufacture, processing, production of edible products and extracts (with or without solvents) derived from Psilocybin Mushrooms, distribution, transportation, possession, storage, consumption, social consumption, on-site consumption, public events, farmers’ markets, and retail sale, whether or not for profit, shall be lawful in this state and is a matter of statewide concern.
— Psilocybin Decriminalization Initiative 2020