California would become the first state in the nation to legalize psychedelic mushrooms if a ballot initiative passes muster with voters next year.
The measure is backed by a legalization activist who says he kicked his heroin addiction with the help of a mushroom trip in Death Valley. The measure would exempt Californians over the age of 21 from a state law that criminalizes mushrooms containing psilocybin, the compound that gives some mushrooms psychedelic properties.
“There is a cultural fascination with mushrooms that goes really deep,” said Kevin Saunders, the activist behind the initiative. “The soccer moms are all pretty much, for lack of a better term, high now, and some of them are taking mushrooms.”
Psilocybin is a Schedule 1 substance under federal law, meaning it is ripe for potential abuse and has no widely accepted medical use. Other Schedule 1 drugs include heroin, LSD, ecstasy and bath salts.
Marijuana is still included on the federal government’s list of Schedule 1 drugs, even though dozens of states have approved its use for medical purposes. To gain ballot access, Saunders must have over 365,000 valid signatures from California voters.
Saunders said he will solicit donations from Hollywood celebrities and wealthy Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs. Saunders believes psilocybin-laced mushrooms could have been transported to earth by an asteroid.
“What I think we’re dealing with possibly is alien contact, It may be some sort of communication from an advanced society, to reprogram us, to reprogram our souls or mind. I think this could be the next big awakening.”