Oakland follows Denver in decriminalizing magic mushroom possession and use
As you may recall, last week we reported on Denver’s decision to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms in May. Now, in a groundbreaking move, Oakland, the eighth-largest city in California has decided to follow suit. According to a report by the Associated Press, city officials have “voted to decriminalize adult use and possession of magic mushrooms and other psychoactive plants” says Keenan Higgins of thesource.com. That means it’s time to celebrate mushroom and peyote enthusiasts!
According to the report, the vote came following a series of testimonies were presented to the City Council. The statements came from residents who have overcome a variety of mental issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and drug addiction.
This ordinance, which was inspired by Denver’s vote back in May, covers a bit more than the lowly shroom. According to a report from Rolling Stone, this blanket ruling will “include psilocybin mushrooms primarily, in addition to those naturally derived from plants or fungi like ayahuasca, peyote, and DMT.” Synthetic psychedelics such as MDMA and LSD are still considered illegal and remain a punishable offense.
Councilwoman Noel Gallo says that an ordinance of this nature is not just for the benefit of the recreational and medicinal users. By decriminalizing natural psychedelics, it allows the Oakland Police to focus on more serious crimes.
What decriminalization means for Californians
Well, not much really.
Like the ruling in Denver, Oakland has decriminalized magic mushrooms, not made them legal, and also like Denver, they still remain an illegal substance according to state and federal law; but it is a step forward. Enthusiasts and advocates across the country are now on the edge of their seats waiting to see who is next.
The Legal Stuff
Myco Supply in no way encourages, the taking of, selling of, or growing of psilocybin mushrooms or any other fungi in their polyphyletic group. The growing of, selling of, or taking of any mushroom or fungus falling under the general label of “magic mushroom” is illegal and punishable by law.