Signature deadline passes for Decriminalize California campaign

Published May 2, 2020 09:00 a.m. ET
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Magic mushrooms have long been the hottest item on the list of drugs that may potentially be legalized soon, thanks to their incredible power as an alternative medicine, which researchers have unveiled proof of time and time again. However, few places are considering the idea quite as intensely as the cannabis hot spot, California. This year, one organization worked as hard as it could to gather the signatures that would be necessary for their initiative to qualify for a ballot, and it’s called Decriminalize California.

What is Decriminalize California?

Decriminalize California is a relatively new grassroots advocacy organization with only one goal in mind, and that is to legalize psilocybin, by promoting education and research into the naturally produced chemical elements that can be found within the matured fungi.

Their headquarters lies in Oakland, California, where they carry out their mission to push this exciting new psychedelic movement into the next stage. The group consists of board members, organizers, researchers, and local volunteers who are all dedicated to the cause, and they show it by diligently working to bring psilocybin to the forefront of lawmaker's minds.

The psilocybin campaign

The psychedelic psilocybin campaign reaches out through various levels of the community to advocate for a world where everyone is free to experiment with their own state of mind through nature-derived drugs like magic mushrooms. The hope was to gain 623 212 signatures so that the initiative would qualify to be placed on the ballot for the election that takes place on November 3rd, 2020. The decriminalization initiative was intended to create the framework necessary to legalize psilocybin for personal, medicinal, and religious use across California.

Deadline passes


The Decriminalize California campaign wasn’t doing all too well before COVID-19 hit the scene, but once it did, it kyboshed any future plans of the organization to meet with like-minded folks through a community and vice industry events. Since the deadline loomed, with the world on a standstill, and social distancing recommendations in place, Decriminalize California requested permission to gather digital signatures, in lieu of what would normally be names of participants hand signed.

Unfortunately, the deadline date that they needed the signatures for has come and passed, and it happened on the stoner holiday 420, on April 20, 2020. The organizers ultimately never received permission to use an alternative means of showing how many supporters they truly have for the cause, which resulted in a failure of this year's endeavor, pushing the possibility to another day that will follow once the pandemic finally loosens its grasp on society.

What’s next?

Magic mushrooms might not become legal as soon as November of this year, but with the help and support from people and organizations such as Decriminalize California, one thing is for sure, and it’s that they won’t rest until everyone free and legal ability to experiment with drugs and substances that can help to expand the mind and awareness of an individual.

Psycilobyn has long been the second most popular street drug of choice, especially among cannabis consumers who already have a comfortability with nature-based psychoactive effects, so it only makes sense that they will be the next thing that lawmakers will eventually legalize.

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