Psychedelic mushrooms may be the next illicit drugs to go legal |

Psychedelic mushrooms may be the next illicit drugs to go legal

Steven Adams

First pot. Now shrooms.

Americans want access to psychedelic mushrooms and the psilocybin they produce. Advocates are pushing for legalization on several fronts.

Denver is the latest place where the mushroom movement is trying gain ground, reports NPR.

Residents on Tuesday are voting on a ballot measure to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms, NPR reports.

There’s a campaign in Oregon to get medical mushroom legalization on the 2020 ballot, according to NPR.

There are two bills proposed in Iowa aimed at legaizing psilocybin and a group in California is continuing their own effort, NPR reports.

While supervised use of psilocybin to treat anxiety, depression and addiction is supported by some in the medical community, many oppose its recreational use.

NPR quotes Matthew Johnson, psychedelics researcher at Johns Hopkins University, who genrerally supports decriminalization of illegal drugs.

“(This therapy) needs to be done by appropriately trained and credentialed medical and psychological professionals,” he tells NPR.

Read more about the benefits and risks of psilocybin therapy.

Steven Adams is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Steven at 412-380-5645 or [email protected].

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