Modern Culture

…frontiers in the law of psychedelics

The state of the law on psychedelic substances is in flux. Not only are more and more jurisdictions decriminalizing the use of psychedelics for recreational purposes, but it appears that psychedelic substances are the new horizon…

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring compound produced by over 200 species of mushrooms. Psilocybin is currently categorized as a Schedule I substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act. As such, the use, sale, and possession of psilocybin in the United States is illegal under federal law. However, numerous jurisdictions across the United States have begun to decriminalize the recreational use of psilocybin. Denver, Colorado was the first jurisdiction to decriminalize the use of psilocybin via ballot initiative in May 2019. Since then, several cities and counties have followed suit, including Oakland and Santa Cruz in California; Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County in Michigan; Somerville, Cambridge, and Northampton in Massachusetts; and Washington D.C. On November 3, 2020, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize psilocybin for recreational purposes. As part of the same state-wide initiative, Oregon legalized the use of psilocybin for medical purposes. In June 2021, similar measures were passed in Connecticut and Texas, where medical research on psilocybin is now also legal on a statewide level.

Original Article (JD Supra):
New frontiers in the law of psychedelics
Artwork Fair Use: Dr. Hans-Günter Wagner

Modern Culture