Activists seek to decriminalize ‘magic’ mushrooms in DC

Activists seek to decriminalize ‘magic’ mushrooms in DC
Activists claim the plant-based psychedelics can successfully treat depression, trauma and addiction. (Source: Richard Vogel)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Despite pandemic conditions that made normal signature-gathering almost impossible, activists in Washington, D.C., say they have enough signatures for a November ballot initiative that would decriminalize natural psychedelics such as certain mushrooms.

Activists presented more than 36,000 signatures to the Board of Elections.

They claim the plant-based psychedelics can successfully treat depression, trauma and addiction.

The initiative would direct the police to treat such natural psychedelics as a low law-enforcement priority.

But even if it passes, supporters acknowledge it will probably be blocked by Congress, which retains the right to alter or even overturn D.C. laws.

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