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Rhode Island Democrats seek to decriminalize ‘magic mushrooms’

A pair of Rhode Island Democrats have introduced legislation that would decriminalize the use of so-called “magic mushrooms” in the state.

State Rep. Brandon Potter and state Sen. Meghan Kallman are sponsoring legislation that would legalize the personal use of psilocybin, or psychedelic mushrooms. Contingent on approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), their bill would also permit psilocybin to be used to treat chronic mental health disorders.

“Veterans and many others in our community are struggling with chronic PTSD, depression and other mental health disorders that can be totally debilitating,” Potter said in a statement. “We should give them the freedom to try every tool available and not criminalize a natural, effective remedy.”



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