Now that California has legalized marijuana and the world has not ended, time did not stop, and life as we know it did not end (all predictions that seemed to come from the anti-pot hysteria of some), there are those looking to legalize magic mushrooms. Psilocybin is the ingredient that makes a person hallucinate or “trip” on the ‘shrooms (as some call them) and for most people, they are not really that dangerous.
However, for those who have a history of schizophrenia or who may have a history of it in their families, it can be a bit more dangerous. There are studies which show that this can activate that particular disorder in alarming and lifelong ways in those who are prone to it. It does not cause the disorder and the Guardian reports that “Kevin Saunders, a mayoral candidate for the city of Marina” is “one man [who] is pushing for the state to become the first to decriminalize magic mushrooms.”
There are many legal drugs which can not be given to schizophrenic people already, so legalizing mushrooms would not add or subtract from that fact very strongly. Also, those with much more common disorders like high anxiety and depression have been found to have been helped greatly by the effects of magic mushrooms.
There are even some studies and procedures in the works to take away the “trip” part of the drug in order to harness some of the anxiety ridding properties in a more productive way.
Saunders wants to see a law that would “exempt adults over the age of 21 from any penalties over possessing, growing, selling or transporting psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms.” The Constitution does seem to imply that he is right in that, according to the Fourth Amendment, the government has no right to say how a person chooses to medicate themselves.
The mayoral hopeful needs 365,880 voter signatures by April if the Psilocybin Legalization Initiative is to be placed on the ballot.
Saunders takes a more metaphysical approach on the drug and said, “The world is really hurting and everybody is at a loss about what’s going on right now with Trump, Brexit, the refugee crisis and everything else. I’m at a loss at what to do politically, but the only thing I feel like we could do is get psilocybin into more people’s hands.”
He added, “It deflates the ego and strips down your own walls and defenses and allows you to look at yourself in a different light. It could allow people to figure out what to do and could revolutionize the way we treat those with depression, addiction, and cluster headaches.” This is the tangible use that many desire the drug for.
There are some who will say, “this is just an excuse for people to use the drug.” The fact is, for some, that is completely accurate. Still, even for those, so long as they harm no one, who is to say what they can and can not ingest?
Hopefully, our law enforcement will get out of the people’s way and stop the needless spending on the War on Drugs. It is not a war that we are winning and at the end of the day, monitoring such drug use is a lot more helpful than locking someone up for it.
A person would have to be tripping to think otherwise.
Source: The Guardian