Oakland becomes second US city to decriminalize magic mushrooms

Oakland City Council has voted to decriminalize psychedelics that come from plants and fungi, including magic mushrooms. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that law enforcement in the California town won’t prosecute people for possessing the substance, although commercial distribution and possession in schools will remain illegal. The resolution means that Oakland is the second US city to decriminalize the drug, after Initiative 301 passed in Denver last month.

The move was welcomed by almost 100 campaigners who’d attended the city council’s vote, of which many had spoken in support of the resolution. Its proponents argue that magic mushrooms, which contain the psychedelic psilocybin, can be used to treat depression, and that it can...

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