Oregon designated a ballot title for a measure that would legalize the medicinal usage of magic mushrooms this week, pushing the state ahead in the race for the hallucinogenic’s legalization. Marijuana Moment reports that 140,000 signatures will be needed to get the groundbreaking initiative onto the ballot next year.
Referred to as the Psilocybin Service Initiative of Oregon by supporters, the bill would make the manufacture, possession, and delivery of the mushrooms legal. The ballot proposal would also make it legal for licensed medical professionals to administer fungi for therapeutic use.
Studies have indicated that magic mushrooms may prove effective in the treatment of PTSD and nicotine addiction, plus anxiety and depression in patients with terminal disease. The bill would also reduce penalties for unauthorized possession of mushrooms down to a violation or fine. Perhaps most excitingly, the medicinal use of psilocybin has the potential to drastically cut medical care costs should legalization be adopted in Oregon.
“We’re excited to gather signatures in support of establishing a community-based service framework, in which licensed providers, along with licensed producers of psilocybin mushrooms, can blaze new trails in Oregon in accordance with evolving practice standards,” said Tom Eckert, the Oregon Psilocybin Society