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Seattle Decriminalizes Psilocybin Possession & Cultivation

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously yesterday to decriminalize psychedelics including psilocybin and similar substances, Bloomberg reports. Often colloquially called “magic mushrooms,” psilocybin is considered a Schedule 1 substance under federal law.

Officially, the change calls for local law enforcement (including police and prosecutors) to make naturally occurring psychedelic substances like psilocybin and ayahuasca their lowest priority.

“Our overall goal is to follow the lead of Oregon,” Seattle City Councilmember Andrew Lewis told Bloomberg ahead of the vote (Oregon was the first state to legalize the therapeutic use of psilocybin in 2020).

“There’s a huge demonstrated potential for these substances to provide cutting-edge treatments for substance abuse, recovery from brain injuries, [and other issues]. I want to make sure we’re following the science in our policies around regulating these substances.” — Lewis, via Bloomberg

Psychedelics reform is gathering steam across the U.S.:

Even the DEA signaled this year it was preparing for an influx of psychedelics-related developments after the federal agency called for a significant increase in psilocybin production for federal research and clinical trials.

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