Could California Legalize Shrooms?

A recent initiative could give voters a chance to legalize psychedelic mushrooms.

On Friday, Marina mayoral candidate Kevin Saunders filed the proposed ballot measure with the state Attorney General's office. It needs at least 365,880 valid signatures to get there. The measure would decriminalize possession, sales, cultivation and transport of psilocybins, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms” or “shrooms” for short.

Saunders was inspired by the recent success of Proposition 64.

"It’s a natural progression from marijuana legalization," he said. "I think that we are having an opportunity to lead the discussion."

Saunders believes shrooms have medicinal benefits and says they helped him quit using heroin 15 years ago.

There are some pretty significant differences between magic mushrooms and marijuana, however. For starters, mushrooms have a more powerful effect on the mind and can produce vivid hallucinations for up to 5 hours. Marijuana also had a long history of sanctioned medical use in California prior to full legalization.

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