Psychedelic or entheogenic substances play a role in many people’s personal, emotional, and spiritual growth. Unfortunately, they are classified as Schedule I drugs in the United States, considered to have no medical value and high potential for abuse. This is the case despite growing evidence that these drugs have an incredibly high therapeutic potential when consideration is given to set, setting, and proper dosage.
Whether you know someone who has been helped by psychedelics, or you’ve been helped by them yourself, you may find yourself wondering what you can do to help others access these powerful and helpful tools. The current legal status of psychedelics stifles access in three major ways: it prevents many from seeking them out in the first place, it disproportionately affects the less-advantaged, and it makes academic research on the subject (like the life-changing work being done at Johns Hopkins) difficult and rare.
Fortunately, the winds of change are largely blowing in the right direction, starting at local levels. Many municipalities, such as Denver, Oakland, Santa Cruz, Washington, D.C., Somerville, Cambridge, and Northampton, MA, have decriminalized psilocybin, and in some cases, other psychedelics. Oregon has also legalized psilocybin, though it retains its federal status as a Schedule I drug.
While federal reform is perhaps the most important goal, many states are moving on their own to legalize, decriminalize, or at least study psilocybin and other psychedelics. The legislation on this site includes bills we’re currently tracking as well as a quick statement on what we think the bill will do for your state. You can take action by engaging with the elected officials listed as sponsors of these bills. If your elected official isn’t already a sponsor, reach out to ask them to consider the legislation.
If you aren’t sure where to start, feel free to contact us and we can point you in the right direction!