Could magic mushrooms be the next marijuana?
Hudson Valley Psychedelic Society (HVPS) was founded in January 2021… “We wanted to provide local advocacy, education and community support to foster the safe, equitable integration of psychedelics into our region,” Grauer said. “We want to make sure it’s decriminalized, regulated and legalized, and we also want to make sure everyone is as safe as possible out there.”
HVPS is working alongside the New York branch of Decriminalize Nature — the group involved in Oakland’s successful decriminalization resolution in 2019 — to reach out to multiple municipalities to propose a resolution on a city or township level that would “decriminalize the possession, cultivation, exchange and ceremonial use of psychedelic plants and fungi and take steps towards ending the war on drugs.” With support at the local level, the idea is that this would then bolster support for state level efforts. Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, who represents a Manhattan district, introduced a bill in June 2021 that seeks to amend public health law to allow the creation of a public psychedelic research institute and a psychedelic substances therapeutic research program. She also sponsored an Assembly bill to decriminalize psilocybin.