Residents of the nation’s capital could have the chance to decriminalize magic mushrooms if a proposed initiative makes its way to November’s ballot. On Wednesday, the Washington, D.C. Board of Elections decided that the proposal, the Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020, could be placed on the ballot for the general election later this year. But before that can happen, the measure must survive a challenge period and supporters of the initiative will be required to collect about 25,000 signatures from city residents.
Under the initiative, the District of Columbia would “make investigation and arrest of adults for non-commercial planting, cultivating, purchasing, transporting, distributing, possessing or engaging in practices with, entheogenic plants and fungi among its lowest law enforcement priorities,” according to the text of the measure. The initiative would include all plants and fungi that naturally produce the chemicals ibogaine, dimethyltryptamine (DMT), mescaline, psilocybin, or psilocin.
Supporters of the measure say that entheogenic plants and fungi including psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca, peyote, and others can be used to treat maladies including depression, addiction, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Practices with entheogenic plants and fungi have long existed, have been considered sacred to a number of cultures and religions for