While the fight to legalize marijuana may not be over yet, some wonder what the next frontier will be in drug decriminalization. And if you live in Oregon, it appears the next fight will revolve around magic mushrooms, writes Joseph Misulonas.
The Oregon Attorney General has approved the language for a ballot initiative to decriminalize psilocybin, the hallucinogen in psychedelic mushrooms. The initiative would reduce penalties for the manufacture, delivery and possession of magic mushrooms.
The next step is for the initiative to actually receive enough support to appear on Oregon’s ballot. The Oregon Psilocybin Society will begin to collect signatures this month for the initiative. If they receive 140,000 signatures, then the magic mushroom initiative will be on the Oregon ballot for the 2020 election.
Oregon is actually not the first state to attempt to decriminalize mushrooms. Earlier this year a group in California attempted to add an initiative to the state’s 2018 ballot to decriminalize psilocybin, but they did not receive enough signatures to qualify.
So in 2020 Oregon may have legal marijuana and magic mushrooms. Colleges in that state are about to receive a huge increase in applications.