Santa Cruz becomes third U.S. city to decriminalize magic truffles & mushrooms.
Following in the footsteps of Denver and Oakland, the Californian city of Santa Cruz has become the third state in the U.S. to successfully decriminalize naturally occurring psychedelics, like magic truffles. Decriminalization for Santa Cruz means natural substances like ayahuasca or magic mushrooms. It doesn’t decriminalize drugs such as ‘molly’ or LSD which are man-made.
The resolution for decriminalization passed with an unanimous vote. It now makes the criminal prosecution of adults possessing and using psychedelics, like magic truffles as the lowest priorities for law enforcement. Take heed though: this does not mean that you can’t be prosecuted. It’s just that the city of Santa Cruz will not waste its resources on such endeavors.
States in the U.S. are starting to take action on psilocybin.
It seems the decriminalization of naturally occurring psychedelics is spreading across the USA. Three cities in the last year and many more look ripe to follow, like Chicago. On a statewide level, advances are being made in a campaign called PSI 2020, a group that is lobbying for the legal use of magic truffles and magic mushrooms across the state of Oregon. Under their measures, psilocybin would be made available across Oregon for professional treatments of mental health disorders, most notably anxiety and depression, a nationwide crisis. A similar state bill is currently on the ballot in California’s legislature.
Although psychedelics, like magic truffles occur naturally, they have long been banned at a federal level. They have remained popular though since their initial boom in the 60’s. Yet, psilocybin is still classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, meaning two things:
- U.S. Federal government still considers psilocybin to have a high potential for abuse. Meaning no current capacity for it as a medicine. Which, is contradicting as studies demonstrate otherwise.
- Over the last decade, a dearth of research has been carried out and psilocybin’s real potential is becoming apparent. It’s most unique quality is that it’s completely non-addictive with no physical dependency.
As the research keeps rolling in, expectations are not just met, but exceeded. Expect more states and cities like Santa Cruz to ease their psilocybin laws over the coming years.