Will California legalize mushrooms?
Saunders’ initiative seeks to exempt adults ages 21 and over from “criminal penalties and decriminalizes adult use of psilocybin,” as well as any penalties that would occur from the “possession, sale, transport and cultivation” of the drug.
He believes that current changing attitudes towards legalization efforts warrant the consideration of his initiative. “What I want to do is take the shackles off,” he told the Sacramento Bee. “I want to have an adult conversation. We think that things are evolving so quickly and that minds are opening almost daily.” But while the notion of using mushrooms as medical therapy has found its supporters—a June 2017 poll on YouGov.com saw 63% of respondents approve the idea—outright legalization still faces an uphill battle.