Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms in CT

Decriminalize Psilocybin Mushrooms in CT

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Jason Kohl started this petition to Connecticut State House and

KVAL: Research studies have found psilocybin had positive effects on anxiety and depression for cancer patients but it remains illegal.

Described as a psychedelic or hallucinogen, psilocybin has been used in religious practices for its effect on users' perceptions and spiritual experiences. The effects also appeal to recreational users.

The Denver initiative would make its use or possession by people 21 and older the lowest priority for law enforcement.

There has been little organized opposition.

Here's a look at the effort and the history of the drug:

WHAT ARE "MAGIC MUSHROOMS"?

The federal government still classifies psilocybin as a Schedule I drug, defined as having no medical purpose and a high potential for abuse. The decision stymied research into its medical use for decades but small studies have resumed in recent years.

IS IT SAFE TO USE MUSHROOMS?

Medical researchers have found the substance can help treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients. Those studies were small and closely supervised but the preliminary results gave researchers hope that psychedelic drugs could be used to treat cancer anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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