The “magic mushroom” bill continues to grow into rejection


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Psilocybin grows all over the world in almost every climate. It grows in a range of colors, but most commonly found in the colors yellow or tan.

The Virginia State Senate rejected a bill to enable the medical use and distribution of Psilocybin.  

For the second time this year, the Virginia General Assembly rejected a bill to pass the use of Psilocybin, a naturally made compound found in “magic mushrooms,” that relieves depression and anxiety.  Lawmakers continue to try and create this bill, but the bill gets rejected each time.

“In my opinion, I don’t agree with [the rejection of the bill] because last year I read a book called ‘How to Change Your Mind’ by Michael Pollen,” said sophomore Gabby Allison. “In his book he makes very convincing points on how the intriguing science of Psilocybin and LSD can positively stimulate the brains of peoples’ suffering from mental illness and addictions.”

More conversations need to be had about its use.

Recently, a bill got turned down that offered a Psilocybin advisory board. The Psilocybin advisory board would develop a long-term plan to establish the medical use of the drug and monitor laws, regulations and policies, according to ABC News.   

Another bill would loosen Psilocybin restrictions but still make the drug illegal to possess. The bill made it past the Virginia Senate but died in the Virginia house. 

“I think that Psilocybin could help the community if the right restrictions were put on it,” said sophomore Nicole Favetti.

The studies conducted on the mushrooms have shown that they have the ability to treat a series of mental illnesses, such as anxiety, depression and PTSD.  The mushrooms would be administered in small doses when the patient resists treatment from other medications.  However, the federal government stated the drug has no medical value and is highly addictive, according to ABC News.  

Without proper restrictions on Psilocybin, users may overdose and experience mushroom poisoning, which includes muscle spasms, increased anxiety and confusion, according to MedicalNewsToday. 

With concerns like these, it is no surprise why the bill is in question.

“I believe that hallucinogens should not be legalized; there are exceptions to every rule, but the law should not be passed,” said chemistry teacher Donald Roberston.