Magic mushrooms are on WeHo’s mind

If you get caught with psychedelic mushrooms in WeHo, don’t trip — the city might back off on enforcing the laws that prohibit possession of the drug.

Councilmember John Erickson’s agenda item, set to be discussed during City Council’s meeting on Monday, would designate investigations, citations, arrests, property seizures and prosecutions of psilocybin mushrooms a low priority for the city and the law enforcement agencies it contracts.

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Psilocybin is a chemical obtained from certain types of fresh or dried mushrooms that produces a hallucinogenic effect. Indigenous cultures have used it for ritual and religious purposes for centuries. After a period of interest in psilocybin for use as a psychotherapy tool in the 1950s and ‘60s, political backlash and social stigma marginalized mainstream scientific research into the drug. Psilocybin, like cannabis, remains a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act and is illegal under federal law. 

But things are changing, according to the staff report:

“Modern research has reinitiated an interest in the use of psychedelics, including psilocybin, as an effective treatment for a broad range of health issues. Psilocybin has the potential to treat a range of psychiatric and behavioral disorders, including depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, smoking cessation and other addictions, cocaine addiction, and cancer-related or other end-of-life psychological distress.”

Voters in Denver and Oregon have approved measures to decriminalize and regulate the possession and sale of psilocybin, and while an effort to do so in California failed last year, the movement is still gaining momentum.

This wouldn’t be the first time West Hollywood has declared certain crimes a low priority.

In the mid-1990s, City Council relaxed enforcement of laws related to marijuana. Last year, offenses related to sex work were also named a low priority for officers to enforce.

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mark feigin
mark feigin
4 months ago

drugs increase mental illness, that is why the woke left supports liberalizing drug laws to bring more mental illness and social decay to society

Genesis of Mental Illness
Genesis of Mental Illness
4 months ago
Reply to  mark feigin

You’re right about that!

Think back to when successive waves of drug use kept coming. Cannabis, Cocaine, Heroin Amphetamine, Crack etc. The adolescent became adults? who begat offspring potentially drug addled claiming to be victims of society. Now everyone and his dog claims mental illness of some type and or pain and the ambulance chasers that claim armchair remedies……..and on it goes.

C.R.
C.R.
4 months ago

No reason for shrooms to be illegal, same category as weed and less of a problem than alcohol.

voter
voter
4 months ago

I’ve lost count of the number of foolish proposals brought forward by this arrogant ass.

Outrageous
Outrageous
4 months ago

Soon West Hollywood will have a new fave name with the press.

WeHo the City Under a Mushroom Cloud
Or
WeHo the City under a Cannabis Cloud

🙄🥺 LOL

Mikie Friedman
Mikie Friedman
4 months ago

Mushrooms? Really? Grow up! Get your priorities straight! There was another armed robbery at the Roxy last night! And one on the 8900 block SMB the night before! I believe there was one on Doheny last week also! There were homeless people sleeping in my building’s driveway and on the sidewalk behind The Whiskey yesterday! Scooters litter the sidewalks! Mail is being stolen! People are being carjacked! We hear about home invasions every single day! I don’t understand our CC’s priorities! Do nthey really think that mushrooms, mandatory pronoun labeling , color changing hanging lights, and politically correct flags and… Read more »

Outrageous
Outrageous
4 months ago
Reply to  Mikie Friedman

Did you miss funds for 2.I Guaranteed Income for LBGTQIA requiring $200,000 to administer funds of $450,000 on top of Measure H funds, for ultimately 25 individuals, 4D. to certify a Training Organization for Housekeeping Training?, 5E. Co-Sponsorship of SlayTransgender Model Search and other considerations(Erickson/Shyne), People appear to me scrutinizing every possible opportunity to squeeze money for whom and from whom? Just because WH welcomed LBGTQIA individuals surely it did not indicate” pass go and collect”. Policies need to work for the entire community, not simply the loudest shouting exception seekers who have megaphones currently on the City Council. Violation… Read more »

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