DETROIT (FOX 2) – There is a new push to decriminalize psilocybin, commonly known as magic mushrooms, in Michigan.
Ann Arbor and Detroit have already decriminalized mushrooms. The decriminalization of psilocybin would eliminate the criminal punishments he currently faces if he is caught with it.
Proponents say magic mushrooms are beneficial and should therefore be allowed.
“It was a look at what I like to call the cosmic mirror, and I saw myself and the actions I was doing and the decisions I was making for myself. I had a deeply profound experience that let me know that I had to change what I was doing to myself, ”Myc Williams said.
Williams says mushrooms were the catalyst for recovery when he used opioids and other drugs.
“It’s definitely not a magic bullet, but it definitely opens your eyes because there’s something bigger and better you can be doing,” he said.
Senator Adam Hollier said his office hears numerous stories from people about how mushrooms have helped them.
“I literally get emails, calls and direct messages on Twitter and Facebook from people every day talking about how magic mushrooms and some of these other types of natural remedies have made a difference in their lives, how it has helped them face their problems, depression or their anxiety, or it really helped them live in this world, “Hollier said.
Healthline cites research suggesting that psilocybin could help with depression, OCD, drug addiction and other problems.
However, psilocybin is not approved by the FDA and critics fear it could negatively affect people’s mental state and cause adverse reactions.
“It’s not for everyone. It’s a medicine and not everyone needs all kinds of medicine, but for people who need it, it should be accessible and not a crime,” said attorney Kelsey Taylor. “It’s really just a tool, along with conversation and meditation therapy and other things for you, so it should be used in connection with other tools as a support for mental health. It’s not a panacea. “.
If supporters can collect 340,000 signatures before June 1, the issue will be up for the November vote.
“Right now, we’ve only submitted the language. We’re waiting for state approval to start collecting signatures. We’re very confident we can collect the signatures needed to do the voting,” Williams said.