Politics

…Denver’s historic victory to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms

There is much more that could be said about clinical trials, but we do not have space here. Just a short reminder: Alcohol and tobacco did not have to go through them.

Statistically-sound clinical trials were introduced in the 1940s to ensure the safety and efficacy of new drugs and treatments. This is, of course, not the case with psilocybin or ayahuasca … The discussion on regulation of psychedelics obviously involves discussing set and setting, mechanisms of screening, interaction with other medicines, and so forth. Psychedelic drugs, like sex or radical sports, are wonderful when done right, but scary when performed recklessly. Imagine if scuba diving or paragliding were illegal. It would be difficult to get proper instruction and support. People would be on their own … The United States led the world by encouraging the criminalization of drug use for nearly 50 years, and now, remarkably, it is leading the world in unwinding the cruel and byzantine War on Drugs. Voters, [indigenous groups, the general public, “amateurs” (ie, Gordon Wasson, widely considered to be the founder of the field of ethnomycology], experts, law enforcement, medical professionals, and policy makers need to have conversations about the right model to regulate psychedelics. There are many legitimate models, whether medicalized in some way, or perhaps requiring people to get a license (like a driver’s license with standards of eligibility and educational requirements), which could be revoked if the individual commits a crime or harms others while on the substance. There are serious concerns regarding the current unregulated, underground, and potentially uneducated use of psychedelics. 

Original Article (Chacruna):
It’s Time to Enthusiastically Celebrate Denver’s Historic Victory to Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms
Artwork Fair Use: I, Danielaheyland

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