Nevada Democrats propose legalizing magic mushrooms, studying effects of ecstasy

Nevada Democrats introduced a bill Thursday to legalize small amounts of magic mushrooms and study the possible medical benefits of other controlled substances.

State Sens. Rochelle Nguyen and Fabian Donate introduced the proposed legislation. Assems. Max Carter and Elaine Marzola are listed as joint sponsors.

As written, Senate Bill 242 would legalize fungi, containing psilocybin or psilocin, in amounts smaller than 4 ounces. The naturally occurring compounds create a hallucinogenic effect, leading to their “magic” moniker. The legalization would only apply to people 18 and older.

The bill would also allow a research facility to petition the state to study the effects of MDMA, also known as ecstasy, and magic mushrooms, to treat mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety.

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