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Are psychedelic [plant/fungi]… the next… wellness trend?

The government is currently considering a petition that calls for the decriminalization of psychedelic drugs. “I feel more strongly than ever that decriminalization will happen,” says Trevor Millar, executive director of Canadian Psychedelic Association, “We’re 10 years ahead of where I thought we’d be at this stage of the game five years ago.”

“We know that making things illegal, withholding information about them, increases the danger of them tremendously,” says Kate Browning [a Vancouver psychotherapist and registered nurse]. Psychedelics tend to be a more intense and unpredictable experience than cannabis, so they’re generally less frequently used and have less commercial potential. But cannabis legalization was similarly helped along by the discussion of its wellness benefits, because it’s easier to argue that people should have access to a drug to help ease their pain or anxiety. We might see an even bigger shift on psychedelics’ status this fall: The government is currently considering a petition that calls for the decriminalization of psychedelic drugs, which was signed by 15,000 people and sponsored by a Green Party MP; a Liberal MP is also introducing a private members’ bill that aims to decriminalize possession of small amounts of illicit drugs. These efforts have been strongly supported by the Canadian Psychedelic Association, which aims to “usher psychedelics into the mainstream in a conscious and considered way.”

Original Article (The Kit):
Are psychedelic drugs the next (legal) wellness trend?
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