A group in Utah is trying to legalize psilocybin in the state.
Aptly named non-profit organization Utah Mushroom Therapy “We strongly encourage the Utah legislature to pass bipartisan legislation allowing the legal use of psilocybin for clinical and academic purposes and including protections for individuals practicing under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.” We have launched a petition to
Utah Mushroom Therapy plans to file a petition with state senators next month. It came almost a year after signing a bill creating a task force to research.
According to the group, the creation of the task force means that “legalization and decriminalization of psilocybin in Utah is now highly likely but still requires public support.”
Utah Mushroom Therapy outlines the many reasons in favor of legalizing mushrooms for treatment and research, claiming that they can improve mental health and support spiritual practices.
“A number of robust studies have shown that psilocybin therapy is beneficial in reducing treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other mental health disorders. Much more effective than synthetic drugs.Psilocybin has also been shown to reduce fear and anxiety in terminally ill cancer patients.For example, a groundbreaking study conducted by John Hopkins Medicine found that psilocybin was used in a single dose. We found that people reported feeling better and had better mental health after participating in a clinical dose of ,” the group said on its website.
“Mushroom use has been documented by 15 Native American groups and various religious groups in Utah. The use of psilocybin is consistent with other cultures in Utah and is protected by the First Amendment and the Restoration of Religious Freedom Act.This petition seeks to protect the religious rights of Utah citizens. Advocate for state law,” the group continued.
Additionally, the group says legalizing mushrooms would reduce crime and serve as a safe and effective treatment.
“Psilocybin is a naturally non-toxic substance. Nevertheless, it is now a Schedule I substance. believes that psychedelics support cognitive processes and should be decriminalized. It helps us process events,” the group said on its website.
“The psilocybin mushroom is considered one of the least toxic drugs known to mankind. There were 30,811 deaths from antidepressants between 2015 and 2020,” the group added.
In seeking signatures from Utah voters, the group stresses that “the petition in no way endorses the use of illegal drugs.”
“By signing this petition, you are supporting the safe and legal use of the natural compound psilocybin,” the group says.
Psilocybin and hallucinogens are the next frontier in the legalization movement, with state and local officials increasingly reconsidering once taboo substances.
On New Year’s Day, Oregon became the first US state to legalize adult use of psilocybin after voters approved a ballot measure in 2020.
That proposal, Bill 109, “allowed local governments to opt out of Bill 109 by transferring either a two-year moratorium or a ban on psilocybin services to voters.” of Oregon Capital Chronicle Reported in November.
“Authorities in Oregon’s 27 counties and 114 cities and towns have asked voters to consider a two-year moratorium or ban. Two of the latter are Phoenix in Jackson County and Wheeler in Tillamook County. only licensed psilocybin services. Said“Nevertheless, most of Oregon’s most populous counties and cities are paving the way for psilocybin production through licensed facilities. About 3 million Oregon residents will have local access starting in 2019. Overall, 17 of Oregon’s 20 most populous cities have allowed psilocybin services, along with 11 counties in Oregon. doing.