California voters might be the first in the country to determine whether psychedelic mushrooms should be declared legal in the same way that alcohol and marijuana are.

The state attorney general's office received documentation earlier this week requesting that the question of legal psilocybin (also known as magic mushrooms) be placed on the ballot in the 2021 elections. The plan, proposed by longtime cannabis advocate Kevin Saunders, would make the hallucinogen legal for individuals 21 and up across California.

"This proposal exempts people 21 and above from criminal sanctions and decriminalizes adult use of psilocybin," according to the initiative. The proposed legislation also "exempts people 21 and older from California health and safety rules that otherwise ban the possession, sale, transit, and production of psilocybin."

Saunders, who is also running for mayor of Marina, a community approximately 100 miles south of San Francisco, told the Sacramento Bee that individuals should no longer be exposed to criminal records for a narcotic that is increasing popularity.

"What I want to do is remove the chains." "I'd want to have an adult talk," he said to the news outlet. "The soccer mothers are not just high today, but some of them are also taking mushrooms."

To the outside world, Saunders' ambition to legitimate a mind-altering narcotic that the US government considers being one of the most harmful substances in the world may appear ambitious, especially given that the country is only now warming up to the idea of legal cannabis. However, Saunders is on to something.

Not only have researchers demonstrated that psilocybin is safer than other drugs such as alcohol, but there are currently a couple of clinical trials underway that could eventually lead to the substance receiving approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—an accomplishment that not even the cannabis plant has yet achieved.

There is also some evidence that psilocybin can help with severe anxiety and addiction. According to Science Daily, German researchers recently determined that "these mushroom medications may soon be in use as pharmaceuticals that cure the existential anxiety of advanced-stage cancer patients, depression, and nicotine addiction."

Surprisingly, popular drug reform organizations have not rushed to endorse the repeal of the criminal penalties related to the possession of magic mushrooms.

According to Tamar Todd, senior legal affairs director for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), while the DPA "agrees that no one should be arrested or incarcerated simply because they possess or use psilocybin or other drugs. there are many factors to consider when deciding whether to run or support a ballot measure in California."

The group stated that it has yet to form a position on California's psilocybin proposal.

According to a statement provided by Todd, the DPA is currently focused solely on "the safe and just roll out of marijuana regulation and our work to reduce the number of people incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses or deported for entering drug treatment post-arrest, and to reduce the number of people who die of a drug overdose in California." Nonetheless, there is a considerable movement emerging in favor of legalizing psilocybin.

According to a recent YouGov poll, 63 percent of the public supports the use of the medication for psychedelic therapy. However, the campaign to legalize magic mushrooms in California remains a long one. To be put on the 2021 ballots, campaign organizers would need to gather 356,880 valid signatures.

The process of qualifying ballot measures is a costly and time-consuming operation, as we have seen with marijuana legalization campaigns across the United States. So the chances of the program succeeding without the assistance of important groups such as the DPA or money in the millions of dollars are slim. But, then again, marijuana was formerly in this category.

Over half of the country now has legislation that allows the ownership, cultivation, and sale of the plant for medicinal and recreational uses.

Although Saunders' shrooms project may be ahead of its time, we have no doubt that the matter will be addressed in the future. if you want to get more information, please visit the website