Shrooms are now officially legal in San Francisco
The resolution’s language also states that no city resources will be used to investigate matters concerning the use and distribution of the aforementioned psychedelics.
San Francisco just made some major progress on drug reform.
California’s fourth-most populous city unanimously passed a resolution that decriminalizes plant-based psychedelics. This means psychedelic drugs like magic mushrooms, ayahuasca, and peyote will now be the “lowest law enforcement priority.” It could also lead to less arrests for people using, growing, and distributing the substances, which are still classified as Schedule I drugs on the federal level.
The resolution’s language also states that no city resources will be used to investigate matters concerning the use and distribution of the aforementioned psychedelics. It calls for the California state and U.S. federal governments to decriminalize the plant-based drug.
Although efforts to pass a California state Senate bill which called for the decriminalization of drugs like mushrooms, LSD, MDMA, and DMT have stalled, other states, like Oregon, have seen much better luck. Two years ago, Oregon became the first state to legalize mushrooms so that they could be used as treatment in forthcoming mental health facilities.
Outside of San Francisco, other cities like Santa Cruz, Denver, and Washington, D.C., have enacted similar policies, per VICE News. VICE also reported that states like Connecticut, Washington, Hawaii, and Texas have launched research groups “to study the efficacy of psychedelics as mental health treatments.”