Santa Cruz Considers Legalizing Magic Mushrooms

Keith Menconi
November 14, 2019 - 4:24 pm
osters in support of Ordinance 301, which would decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms, sit at an election night watch party on May 7, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

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The Santa Cruz City Council is considering a measure that would place possession and cultivation of “magic mushrooms” at the lowest priority level for police. 

Residents spoke for and against tolerating the psychedelic drugs at a city meeting Tuesday. Some called for decriminalization, saying that the mushrooms were useful aids for treating both anxiety and addiction without having addictive properties themselves.

Opponents emphasized how costly “out of control” drug use is for society, and fretted about the potential increase of impaired driving.

In June, Oakland became the second city in the country to decriminalize the use of psychedelic mushrooms, following Denver, which voted to legalize the fungi in May. 

Santa Cruz City Council is expected to take up the measure again in the coming months.