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Ending the Prohibition of Enlightenment – UK Petition Moves to Legalize Magic Mushrooms

50 years ago legalizing recreational cannabis anywhere in the United States was farfetched – it was the kind of thing only freaks and hippies spoke of with any real measure of seriousness. Today it is our reality… time passes, things change, drugs get legalized. Slowly but surely, the people are winning Ronald Reagan’s “war on drugs.”

Still, there are substances stuck up there on that “schedule I” list of substances that don’t make any sense. Substances like Magic Mushrooms (or, more specifically, their psychoactive chemical psilocybin). They are another totally natural substance that needs no processing or chemical alterations to work, they have been used religiously and spiritually for thousands of years by different cultures around the world, and yet, despite all of this, they are listed in the same category as meth, heroine, and bath salts.

Well, technically cannabis and mescaline are still considered “schedule I” too, and they’re in the same boat: natural, chemically safe, non-addictive, fun. Maybe as public opinion of marijuana changes because of the recreational movement sweeping our nation, so too, eventually, will the public opinion of psychedelics? We can only hope.

A new hope comes in the form of a petition in the UK, which is gathering momentum, and moves to “re-legalize” magic mushrooms.  The petition justifies the change of law by explaining that mushrooms are non-toxic and do not affect the body negatively like alcohol does, they have been proven to help reduce PTSD in suffering soldiers, reduce the anxiety of cancer patients and they can be grown domestically in a way that protects the environment. There’s really no downside! And, if successful, both the supply and possession of psilocybin would be allowed.

Which is totally conceivable. Totally reasonable. Studies run by scientists and doctors to determine the effects of psilocybin have returned positive results time and again. We know for sure that they are safe for the body, they help people cope with depression and other bad states of mind, sometimes they make people want to get naked, and most who try them, for whatever reason, tend to develop progressive moralities. And perhaps that is exactly why they are listed as a “schedule I” drug – at the top of the list of drugs most egregiously persecuted by our government – because there’s something about psychedelics that just makes us too self-aware. Perhaps this “war on drugs” is a war on something else entirely. Perhaps their prohibition is designed to prohibit some kind of higher insight…

Sadly, people don’t have high hopes that this UK petition will make much of a splash. While it would be a very big step forward for psychedelic legalization, the current nationalistic and conservative government in the UK probably won’t give the petition a second glance – no matter how many signatures it gets.

That shouldn’t dishearten excited psychedelic users or activists, though. Because, as with with marijuana, what sounds farfetched and what seems a very long way off today, is only tomorrow’s reality. Psychedelic legalization might be closer than any of us imagine. We just need action. Action here in America to pressure our government to legalize natural psychedelic substances – and end the prohibition of enlightenment.


Will Brendza
Will Brendza is a freelance journalist and aimless adventurer based out of the Rocky Mountains, a fearless student of science and a keen outdoorsman. After having witnessed firsthand the environmental abominations taking place both abroad and at home in the US, he resolved to spread the knowledge and drive for global sustainability. When he isn't writing or reading a good book, he can usually be found exploring foreign countries, savoring craft breweries or somewhere deep within the wilderness of Colorado."

One Reply to “Ending the Prohibition of Enlightenment – UK Petition Moves to Legalize Magic Mushrooms

  1. Magic mushrooms were legal to buy prior to 2005 in the UK.

    No chance of anything changing with our current government, especially if terresa may has anything to do with it.

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