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Ending the Prohibition of the Mind: A Mushroom Symposium

April 19 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm EDT

Join us in an exploration of the movement to decriminalize psilocybin, challenges faced, and the way forward. This virtual event connects local proponents to a larger movement, and give participants tools and connections to pursue advocacy in this area. Co-sponsored by Collar City Mushrooms and the Peoples Health Sanctuary. Speakers to be confirmed soon!

Psilocybin is a psychedelic drug produced naturally by psilocybin mushrooms, commonly known as “magic mushrooms”. In the United States, it is federally classified as a Schedule I controlled substance that has “no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.” Psilocybin was banned by the federal 1970 Controlled Substances Act. 

The movement to decriminalize psilocybin in the United States began in the late 2010s, with Denver, Colorado becoming the first city to decriminalize in May 2019. Other cities like Oakland and Santa Cruz in California; Washington, D.C.; Somerville and Cambridge MA followed suit. There are now more than 100 cities and close to a dozen states, including New York, considering either decriminalization or legalization of psilocybin. 

Like any movement to change laws, there are several factions with often complementary, but sometimes competing strategies and arguments. Supporters have cited emerging research that indicate potential therapeutic uses of the drug; some argue that justice demands full legalization for both therapeutic and adult uses; still others situate the effort to legalize the substance as part of a broader effort to legalize all drug possession. There are also differing views on the “pharmaceuticalization” of psilocybin: those who seek to honor the cultural value of psilocybin to indigenous peoples by preserving peoples’ ability to use the substance in its purest form found in nature; still others who claim concern over quality control and dosage and pursue efforts to extract psilocybin and turn the substance into a commercially-produced “medicine.” 

Helpful/interesting links:

Albany Times Union, Could Magic Mushrooms Become the Next Marijuana? (Dec. 15, 2021) 

Helpful blog:

Rolling Stone, This Bicycle Day, Celebrate Albert Hofmann’s Psychedelic Discovery (April 19, 2020)

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