Oakland Considers Decriminalizing Psychedelic Mushrooms

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The Oakland City Council is considering a resolution to decriminalize natural psychedelics, including mushrooms. The resolution's sponsors point to studies suggesting that psilocybin, the active agent in so-called magic mushrooms, can ease addiction, depression and other conditions. If approved, Oakland would become the second U.S. city to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms; Denver voters narrowly passed a similar initiative earlier this month. The Oakland resolution is expected to come to a full council vote in June. What do you think? Should natural psychedelics be decriminalized? Why or why not?


Carlos Plazola, chair, Decriminalize Nature, which is sponsoring the Oakland resolution

Brian Anderson, mental health research fellow, San Francisco VA Medical Center; staff psychiatrist, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital