Will Medical Magic Mushrooms Make it on the Ballot Next?
Oregon recently made international news for passing a state bill to decriminalize possession of some hard drugs like cocaine, meth and heroin, demonstrating a progressive option for an end to the disastrous war on drugs. The motivation for this is largely economic, as Oregon struggles with prison overcrowding; however, we do know that legalizing drugs has many positive benefits, as demonstrated in Portugal.
This is especially true when the emphasis shifts from looking at drugs as a criminal issue to seeing it as a health issue. The researched medical benefits of cannabis has even opened the door for legal recreational weed in several U.S. states, and society is benefiting in many ways.
Pushing the envelope in this regard, a group in Oregon is drafting state legislation for the 2020 ballot to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for use in mental health treatment context within a regulated clinical framework.
In other words, medical mushrooms may be the next move in the war on the war on drugs.
This only makes sense, because not only are mushrooms the world’s safest recreational drugs, but according to a recent study the psychedelic experience brought on by ingesting psilocybin is widely beneficial for mental health and is especially powerful for treating depression and anxiety.
The Oregon Psilocybin Society (OPS) is the first group in the nation preparing draft legislation which would create a legal framework and industry for people to experience psilocybin mushrooms as treatment for personal and mental health issues.
Introducing the idea of ‘psilocybin services,’ OPS is outlining a model for supervised psychedelic experiences:
The Oregon Psilocybin Society (OPS) is proposing a framework for legalizing and regulating the use of psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychoactive compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms. The proposal is being formatted as a ballot initiative measure which aims to make supervised Psilocybin Service — shown safe and effective in research settings — accessible to the public here in Oregon. Under the proposed measure, any individual over 21 years of age, upon attaining medical clearance from a physician, could participate in a sequence of sessions, provided on-site at a state licensed Psilocybin Service Center. The service progression would include, at minimum, a preparation session, a psilocybin administration session, and an integration session. All sessions would be facilitated by trained and certified Psilocybin Service Facilitators who are registered with the state.
This is interesting and exciting news for those who understand the positive effects of magic mushrooms, but one has to wonder why grown adults need this many layers of bureaucracy overseeing something as simple and natural as eating a plant that grows abundantly around the world.
Furthermore, who wants to take a trip on mushrooms in a state-authorized facility? Shouldn’t intelligent, responsible adults be free to eat magic mushrooms in a field on a sunny day if they so desire? Why does big brother, the medical establishment, and the police state need to insert itself in an individual’s own exploration of consciousness?