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Cannabis and magic mushrooms – a near perfect analogy

Famous author Michael Pollan succinctly summarized this apparent lack of incentive for developing psilocybin “technology”: “there’s no IP here. There’s no intellectual property.”

Both Cannabis and Psilocybin Mushrooms are naturally occurring organisms. They live and grow in nature. Each plant or mushroom produces its own cocktail of chemical compounds — cannabinoids, terpenes, psilocybin [mushroom containing bioactive compounds], etc… Why is this important? First, there is an overall sentiment that possessing or consuming naturally occurring organisms should not be criminalized.  Cannabis is a plant.  Magic mushrooms are fungi.  Unlike man-made synthetic drugs, these organisms have existed on Earth for thousands of years.  Arguably, people have… natural right to use them. Second, many people have pointed out that the medical industry is unwilling to develop natural products because those products cannot be protected with patents … Arguably, decriminalizing psilocybin mushrooms would create a market for mushroom products in much the same way that decriminalizing cannabis led to the emergence and growth of many different business areas in the cannabis space. Regulatory changes in the cannabis space gave rise to multiple cannabis-based business opportunities, including but not limited to farming/agriculture, manufacturing, processing, consumer product formulation, etc. Although legislative reform for psilocybin mushrooms lags behind changes to the law governing cannabis, all signs suggest that similar reconsideration would be appropriate. 

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Cannabis and magic mushrooms – a near perfect analogy
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