I remember back in the day in this country when magic mushrooms were still legal and you could just walk into he weird hippy shop in your town and pick some up for like twenty quid or something and then have a weird and wonderful day tripping out and just walking around your city centre, but sadly those days are long gone – it looks like perhaps they could be coming back though.
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I’m only saying this because we tend to follow everything that the United States does, only ten years later – still hoping for weed reform, but that should be happening soon – and a city in Michigan announced on Monday that they voted unanimously to decriminalise magic mushrooms. Ann Arbor city council officially declared that it is now the city’s lowest law enforcement priority to investigate and arrest anyone for planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, engaging in practices with or possessing entheogenic plants or plant compounds. Sweet.
Not only does this include magic mushrooms, but all sorts of hallucinogenic substances as well including but not limited to ayahuasca, ibogaine, mescaline and peyote. The resolution argued for the medicinal and spiritual benefits of such substances, saying the following:
The use of entheogenic plants, which can catalyze profound experiences of personal and spiritual growth, have been shown by scientific and clinical studies and traditional practices to be beneficial to the health and well-being of individuals and communities in addressing these conditions.
Awesome. Ann Arbor joins Denver, Oakland and Santa Cruz as other cities that have decriminalised magic mushrooms over the last year with legalisation bills appearing on the ballot in Washington D.C. and Oregon in November and lawmakers also introducing bills in New York and Vermont.
With that in mind, it seems like magic mushrooms are going to follow the path that weed is currently trailblazing (lol had to) over there and could pretty much be legal over there in ten years except for in backwards states like Kentucky or whatever. Hopefully that means our grandchildren might be able to enjoy the benefits over here.
For more of the same, check out this 61 year old mum take magic mushrooms for the first time. What a rush.