Update on Psilocybin Legalization in the US

Update on Psilocybin Legalization in the US

In a groundbreaking development, Colorado has become the second U.S. state to legalize the use of psychedelic drugs. This shift was made possible by the approval of Proposition 122 on a November ballot. With this move, Colorado has joined the growing trend of decriminalizing substances like psilocybin or psilocin, two compounds found in “magic mushrooms.”

The Rising Tide of Psychedelic Acceptance

The legalization of psychedelic substances in Colorado is emblematic of the sea change occurring across the United States. More than a dozen counties and cities have already decriminalized psilocybin or psilocin, and bills advocating for decriminalization have been introduced in 19 states. Concurrently, lawmakers in over 12 states are pushing for legislation to study potential health benefits of psychedelics. Even now, bills are under review in New York and Washington that could lead to the legalization of magic mushrooms for therapeutic use.

From Oregon to Colorado: The Journey of Legalization

Colorado’s stride towards legalization follows a similar move by Oregon, which in 2023 will permit patients to take psilocybin under the supervision of licensed “healing centers.” Colorado’s Proposition 122 takes it a step further by approving the personal use of psychedelic mushrooms for adults aged 21 and above. Moreover, this act, also known as the “Natural Medicine Health Act,” makes provision for state-regulated healing centers, which would offer psychedelic therapy to those grappling with mental health issues.

The Future of Natural Medicine

While psilocybin remains federally illegal, decriminalization is sweeping across the nation, including Denver, Colorado’s capital city. The acceptance of psychedelic substances points to an evolution in how we perceive and treat mental health.

Municipalities such as Denver, Arcata, Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Cambridge, Easthampton, Northampton, Somerville, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Detroit, Hazel Park, Port Townsend, Seattle, and Washington D.C. have all decriminalized the use of naturally occurring entheogenic plants and fungi, including psilocybin.

Psychedelic Therapies and Mental Health: The Emerging Landscape

According to NBC News, over 60 bills concerning psilocybin have been introduced in around 24 states. The Pew Charitable Trusts reported in July 2022 that states are making significant progress towards legalizing “healing centers” like the ones planned in Oregon and Colorado, as well as funding research into the medical use of psilocybin. States including Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Washington are all currently exploring options for psilocybin legalization and research into its therapeutic benefits.

In a recent episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis stated, “There is a lot of promise that some of the mushroom-based therapies (and) natural medicines show for post-traumatic stress disorder, for depression — studies out of Johns Hopkins and others — and we want to make that available.” This statement underscores the optimism and anticipation surrounding the potential of psilocybin to revolutionize mental health treatment.

A Bright Future for Psychedelic Therapy?

As the narrative around psilocybin and other psychedelic substances continues to evolve, it is evident that these substances are no longer relegated to the fringes of society or medicine. With states like Colorado and Oregon leading the charge, there is a growing acknowledgment of the potential benefits that these substances could offer, particularly for mental health treatment. As we look towards the future, it’s clear that the exploration and acceptance of psychedelics will play a crucial role in the evolving landscape of therapeutic practices in the United States.

 

Source: https://landmarkrecovery.com/which-u-s-states-could-be-next-to-legalize-magic-mushrooms/