US state legalizes ‘magic mushrooms’ — RT World News

Colorado voters have endorsed the use of hallucinogenic drugs after supporters tout their alleged medicinal benefits

Ten years after becoming one of the first two US states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, Colorado has become the second state to pave the way for the legal use of several hallucinogenic drugs, known as “magic mushrooms.”

A ballot measure legalizing the use of psychedelics by people 21 and older was approved by Colorado voters in Tuesday’s congressional midterm elections. With 95% of votes counted and 52.7% cast in favor of legalization, The Associated Press projected Friday that the ballot proposal was victorious.

The initiative called for legalizing two psychedelic compounds, psilocybin and psilocin, which are used in magic mushrooms. It allows the use of psilocybin in state-licensed facilities, as well as private personal use of psilocybin, psilocin, and three other psychedelics.

Colorado residents will be allowed to grow and share the compounds, but retail sales are prohibited. The drug will also be banned from use in public places or while driving a vehicle.

A similar measure was passed in Oregon in 2020. Legalization bills have been introduced in two other states, Washington and New York. Dozens of other states are considering bills to study the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics or to decriminalize possession of the compounds.

Proponents have claimed that psychedelics can be used to treat illnesses such as depression, anxiety, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2019, the United States Food and Drug Administration designated psilocybin as “revolutionary therapy” to treat major depressive disorder, a status that could speed the development and approval of new drugs containing the compound.

Critics, however, have argued that licensing “healing centers” would send the wrong message, especially to children, that substances not approved by the FDA are healthy, and eventually pave the way for recreational drug dispensaries.

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