The San Francisco Standard
Californians could have the opportunity to vote on two ballot measures in 2024 related to psychedelics: one that would legalize the use and sale of psilocybin mushrooms and a second that would fund a $5 billion agency to research and develop psychedelic therapies. Meanwhile, state Sen. Scott Wiener, a San Francisco Democrat, is sponsoring a bill that would decriminalize the use of certain natural hallucinogens.
While hallucinogens are often associated with the drug culture of the 1960s, a nationwide push to bring magic mushrooms and other psychedelics into the mainstream is gaining traction. Today’s movement on psychedelics is largely about using them to help treat the nation’s ballooning mental health crisis. Growing research portrays the drugs as a promising tool in helping people heal from various mental illnesses, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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