Psychedelic Mushrooms Could Be Legalized In Oregon

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Oh, the times they are a changin. Mushrooms aren’t looked at anymore as just something you eat and trip out on, the latest suggests there’s new research to show mushrooms may, in fact, treat things such as depression, anxiety, PTSD and oddly enough, drug addiction. There has also been a lot of research in recent times to suggest LSD may treat anxiety and depression.

In recent news, Oregon’s attorney general has approved language pushing the Beaver State one step closer to legalizing psychedelic mushrooms. According to OPB, the measure would reduce criminal penalties for the manufacture, delivery, and possession of psilocybin — the hallucinogen found in psychedelic mushrooms. It’s worth noting, a similar initiative to legalize mushrooms in California failed recently.

According to the latest tweet from the Oregon Psilocybin Society, in December they will be gathering the 140,000 required signatures to get the measure onto the ballot in 2020.

Mushrooms have been a part of Oregon for many years. Ken Kesey, a counterculture figure who grew up in Springfield, Oregon, and graduated from the University of Oregon in 1957, participated in well-known government studies of hallucinogens in the 1960s. As mentioned by OPB, the federal government controlled the use of mushrooms in the 1970s.

How do you feel about mushrooms being legalized in Oregon? Let us know in the comments.

[Source: OPB]

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