New Bill Proposes to Legalize “Magic Mushrooms” in NJ
And now, it looks like psychedelic mushrooms might be next to be legalized in New Jersey.
According to NJ.com, a new bill has been proposed by state Senate President Nicholas Scutari to legalize the use of psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in "magic mushrooms" for the treatment of mental disorders.
What is psilocybin?
MedicalNewsToday.com defines psilocybin as "a hallucinogenic chemical in certain mushrooms that grow in Europe, South America, Mexico, and the United States." It can produce feelings of euphoria, and it psychedelic effects have been part of a broad, evolving conversation about its medical uses as it relates to mental health, especially in treating anxiety and depression.
What does Bill S2932 propose?
This bill would make it legal for adults 21 years and older to “possess, store, use, ingest, inhale, process, transport, deliver without consideration, or distribute without consideration, four grams or less of psilocybin.”
It "decriminalizes, and expunges past offenses involving, psilocybin production, possession, use, and distribution," according to the bill's synopsis.
Adults of age would also be allowed to grow and cultivate plants or fungi capable of producing psilocybin on private property for personal use as long as they keep it away from minors.
This is a pretty progressive bill that Scutari is enthusiastic about:
This bill is a recognition of evolving science related to psilocybin and its medical uses related to mental health, and if science can provide relief in any fashion with this natural substance under a controlled environment then we should encourage this science. (NJ.com)