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Decriminalization and Legalization

There are two kinds of common sense psilocybin laws: decriminalization and legalization.  Decriminalization is the removal of criminal penalties if caught in possession of psilocybin or psilocybin containing fungi. However, fines and smaller penalties may still exist, but at a significantly lower cost, financially and personally, than if criminal penalties were imposed. In a world where most people use mushrooms as a non-toxic form of therapy, laws that criminalize user possession or consumption are not commonsense.  

Legalization means taking an act that is illegal, i.e. possession of psilocybin, and making it legal, with no fines/penalties/etc.  Legalization is a good thing but with caveats. We believe that psilocybin is a very powerful, albeit safe drug, legalization requires further research and a set of protocols for its therapeutic consumption before it can be fully removed and prescribed to patients. 

Sometimes common sense laws include the creation of new types of laws.  For instance, the creation of state sanctioned treatment centers or governing bodies or community oversight organizations that ensure these compounds are used in ethical and moral capacities.  

Additionally, while humans have likely been using psilocybin for centuries and is one of the safest drugs produced by nature, researchers, law makers, and the public must also understand the context in which humans have used psilocybin.  For instance, rarely do people use psilocybin on their own, there is almost always a doctor present, re-integration is plays a major focus and patients are given supportive environments in which to consume psilocybin. Not only should research inform legalization and decriminalization efforts, so should the ethnographic record.

This is why Psilo supports efforts such as HR 2740 which would have allowed researchers greater access to psilocybin for clinical trials.  If clinical trials, in particular phase III trials, suggest psilocybin is an effective therapeutic compound with few side-effects, we fully support rescheduling from schedule I to schedule IV as some researchers have already encouraged. 

Decriminalization and legalization must be viewed and approached through the lense of science and culture in order to achieve comprehensive, common sense psilocybin laws.